A ‘historic’ clash

RIVALRY: The Australian Parliamentary Cricket Club took on the Lords and Commons Cricket Club from England in an inaugural clash on Tuesday. Photo: Emily Bennett
RIVALRY: The Australian Parliamentary Cricket Club took on the Lords and Commons Cricket Club from England in an inaugural clash on Tuesday. Photo: Emily Bennett

Bradman Oval was home to a historic gathering this week.

The Australian Parliamentary Cricket Club took on the Lords and Commons Cricket Club from England in a battle for the Parliamentary Ashes on Tuesday.

The final score was England for 6/215. The Australian side was not able to respond due to the game being washed out by the rain.

Lords and Commons Cricket Club captain Nigel Adams said the experience was “something that we’ll never forget”.

“It’s an enormous privilege to play at Bradman Oval,” Adams said.

“The oval is stunning and very well kept.”

Australian Parliamentary Cricket Club captain Michael McCormack said the game was the perfect way to start the year. “It’s really good in the spirit of bipartisanship that we come to Bradman Oval,” McCormack said.

“We all know how Donald Bradman was an icon of the game, and legendary throughout the world.

“The English players understand the significance. Even to them, Bradman was a legend.”

Former Prime Minister of Australia and Bradman Foundation patron John Howard, who was present to watch the game and unveil a new painting in the museum’s The Greats of the Game gallery, said the clash was a historic event.

“It’s the first clash at a parliamentary level between Australia and England on the Bradman Oval,” Howard said. “It’s such a wonderful ground, and we have a good cross-section of Parliament for Australia Liberal, Nation, Labor and a cross-section.”

The Australian Parliament Sports Club exists to foster international relations development and friendship as part of a worldwide movement. 

Australia is one of eight participating nations under the control of the Council for Inter Parliamentary Sport.

In the past decade substantial sums have been raised for several charitable causes.

Nelson Mandela, former Prime Ministers Yoshiro Mori, Gordon Brown, Tony Abbott and Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg have all keenly supported at various times since the Council was formed.

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