The Spirit of Cricket at Bradman Oval, January 8

IN ACTION: The Spirit of Cricket competition saw I Zingari and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) go head to head at Bradman Oval on Monday. Photo: Emily Bennett
IN ACTION: The Spirit of Cricket competition saw I Zingari and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) go head to head at Bradman Oval on Monday. Photo: Emily Bennett

Highlanders were treated to a show at Bradman Oval this week.

The Spirit of Cricket challenge saw I Zingari and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) go head to head.

I Zingari won the toss and elected to bat first.

Throughout the course of the innings, the team scored 147-4 off their 20 overs.

Best batting performance was W. Eagles who opened and hit 39 off 18 balls.

W. Knight batting at 6 hit a handy 27 runs off 18 balls towards the end.

Bowling honours to H. Smallwood with 3/20 off his four overs and A. Gales with 1/20 off his four overs.

In response, MCC won by scoring 150/6 off 9 overs.

Most batsmen got starts but L. Samarasinghe was the key performer with 34 not out off 19 balls in the seventh wicket partnership of 58 with A. Gale, who was 18 not out.

Bowling honours went to J. Isakka who took 3/16 off three overs.

I Zingari openers off to a flyer and looked set to post a total in excess of 200 on an excellent batting surface.

It’s about the fraternity and promoting the spirit of cricket.

Geoff Lovell

However MCC’s spinners dragged them back into the contest with some tight bowling and frequent wickets. 

However they weren’t helped by three dropped catches in the outfield.

MCC’s opening batsmen were circumspect in response and a combination of tight bowling, the frequent fall of wickets and some outstanding fielding meant victory looked improbable until Gale and Samarasinghe came together at the crease.

Meanwhile I Zingari won 5/144 against their close rivals SCG XCI at 5/131.

The inaugural Bradman scholarship winner Geoff Lovell captained the I Zingari team.

Lovell said the Spirit of Cricket challenge was a good opportunity to bring cricketers from around the world together.

“It’s about the fraternity and promoting the spirit of cricket,” he said.

“Players from all over the world enjoy promoting it.”

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