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And the winner of the signed bat is...
The response to our cricket competition to win a Kookaburra cricket bat signed by Aussie paceman Brett Lee has been fantastic, and we have had some cracking entries from people telling us their best cricketing tales in under 100 words.
However there can be only one winner, so without further ado congratulations to…
Darren Matthews – CFA HQ, Burwood East
Darren’s story was personally selected by Brett out of the top five most entertaining entries to win this great piece of cricketing memorabilia. Here is the tale of Darren’s cricketing glory...
I was playing under 13s and was an opening bowler for Beaumaris. I was on a Hatrick. The next kid in had that body language like he was going to try and hit me over the fence no matter what I bowled. Coaches are allowed to advise you at that level so my coach said, “put a fly-slip in and bounce it at his chest so that when he tries to belt you he’ll get a top-edge”. Sure enough it went straight down the fly-slip’s throat – Hatrick! I still have that nice, shiny ball…Cheltenham all out for 12!
No surprises Brett would like that one as nothing a fast bowler likes to hear more than the word Hatrick. The other top four entries were from…
• Ben Linnett - Shepparton Fire Brigade, District 22
• Lachlan Butterfield - Frankston Brigade, District 8
• Glenn Tyler - Glenn Tyler, Grampians Region
• Benjamin Lee - Eaglehawk Brigade, District 2
Here are a couple of their tales which came close to winning…
I was about 8, playing backyard cricket with my older sister and she kept continually missing the ball. I thought bowling closer would help, one step closer, swing and a miss, another step closer and another miss. I kept going until I was about 1.5 metres away and all I remember is hearing the crack of real cricket ball hitting the sweet spot and then waking up some time later with an enormous black left eye. After that tennis balls were used instead of the leather cricket balls.Lachlan Butterfield
I only ever played two games of cricket for Rupanyup B Grade. In my second game I grabbed the team Captain’s new bat on my way out to the crease. His name was Barry ‘Badge’ Ballantine. Second ball I thought I would put over the fence only to get what I thought was a top edge, and was caught on the half back flank. While having a few frothies later on, Badge stormed over and started abusing me. Apparently the entire slips cordon sledged him during his innings for the red cherry on the back of his bat!Glenn Tyler
While these and other stories were all worthy winners, people who missed out on the bat won’t go away empty handed. Brett Lee was also kind enough to provide a personally signed photo to everyone who entered the competition, as well as a letter to CFA thanking its hard working and dedicated members for all their efforts during this busy fire season.
Signed photos will be sent to the entrants over the coming weeks, and the letter from Brett himself will be posted on News and Media for all to see.
Congratulations again to Darren, and thank you again to everyone who took the time to share their cricketing stories with us.