No way to treat a Minister
THWACK, crack, 'howzat?' echoed around the ground yesterday as the willing participants strived to overcome their opponents and secure bragging rights until their next encounter.
No, this wasn't the Australia versus South Africa test in Sydney, it was something more highly anticipated and keenly fought.
The Charity Cricket Match between members of the Clarence River Fisherman's Cooperative and NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald's Minister's XI had been brewing for a year.
The Valley fishermen, facing employees of the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in the opposition, had challenged the minister to a game on his last visit to the area and yesterday it was hotly contested.
The game was about more than bragging rights, as it raised $2000 for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.
Mr Macdonald, with sweat soaking his shirt after a fearsome bowling display which netted him a wicket, said the day was all about fostering a relationship between fishermen and government authorities.
CRFC chairman Barry Cason said the day was a fantastic event which he hoped would be- come annual.