Top four clash to be showcased in day-night 'ultimate' cricket game at Merriwa

ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN: Jon Osmond and Ben McRae are looking forward to this weekend's special match up.
ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN: Jon Osmond and Ben McRae are looking forward to this weekend's special match up.

IF you’re disappointed the Australia v India match at Adelaide Oval isn’t a day-nighter, then don’t despair because the Upper Hunter District Cricket Association has you covered, with Merriwa taking on Belltrees in a twilight special.

Dubbed the ‘Ultimate Game of this Year’, the top four clash will begin at 4 pm at Apex oval on Saturday December 8, and finish under lights in what is set to be a great spectacle.

As part of the official season, the match will mean a lot too with ladder leaders Merriwa looking to continue their unbeaten home record against an inconsistent but highly dangerous Belltrees, who are defending their place in the four.

It won’t be all about the cricket though, with children’s entertainment and a licensed bar and canteen on site to keep everyone satisfied.

“We’ve got face painting there for a kids, and a jumping castle, plus Santa will make a visit throughout the afternoon too,” said Merriwa Cricket Club president, Jon Osmond.

He urged the community and club sponsors to get down to the game and witness the display, especially as some of the money raised will be donated to the local preschool to help them purchase more resources.

The event is in it’s third year and is a clear indication of the positive relationship the two clubs have, with Merriwa repaying the favour by travelling to Belltrees for preseason warm up matches.

Belltrees president Ben McRae said his side always look forward to the trip and see it as a nice change up in their campaign.

“It’s good, we enjoy it and bring a busload over and it’s certainly something different because we don’t get to do it every year,” he said.

“But we’re happy to do it every season if we can, we’re happy to play a day-night game as part of our fixture and have a crack at the white ball, just hope we can get the points because they’ve had the wood over us lately.”

Between the drinks, food and entertainment on and off the field, it’s set to be a great day for the Merriwa community and cricket lovers in general.