Cricket hits cancer for six

The Monaro District Cricket Association hosted their annual six-a-side cricket tournament on the weekend and used the tournament as a fundraiser for Ricky and Rhianna Ponting's charitable Foundation "Biggest Game of Cricket" for kids with Cancer.

More than $1000 was raised on the day and at last weekend's players poker tournament which will go to supporting families in their time of need.

Many thanks to all the players who played in the tournaments and dug deep and a special thanks to Commonwealth Bank, Woolworths Cooma and especially Rhianna's grandfather Bill Rushton who came along and tossed the coin to kick off proceedings and donated a signed pair of Ricky's gloves to raffle on the day.

With the tournament having to be postponed a week due to last weekend's poor weather it was a slightly smaller field than normal with sides from Canberra, Merimbula and Berridale competing for the title of six a side champions for 2013. The Merimbula Knights as defending champions played terrific cricket to make the final but it was the STC Puma's from Canberra who were eventual 2013 champions with Cooma's own James Taylor proving he hasn't lost his touch with an outstanding 50* in the final to get them over the line.

JT took out the Best Batsman award with another Cooma local Brendan Geeves taking out player of the tournament and Michalego's Matt Williams named as best bowler. Special mention goes to the Berridale Young Guns who proved they can mix it with the big boys and putting a few sixes over the boundary to show they will be a team to watch out for in the future.

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