Annual charity cricket match between Belltrees and Rouchel reaching another level in 2019

CHARITY CHAMPIONS: Belltrees and Rouchel Cricket Club presidents Ben McRae and Steven Clydsdale are looking forward to the ninth instalment of their charity cricket day.
CHARITY CHAMPIONS: Belltrees and Rouchel Cricket Club presidents Ben McRae and Steven Clydsdale are looking forward to the ninth instalment of their charity cricket day.

EVERY year the Belltrees and Rouchel cricket clubs come together to play a match for Where there’s a Will, but this year they’re doing more, by also giving a hand to Aussie Helpers who have been fighting hard against the drought.

The game itself is a competitive fixture but is always played in good spirits, between two sides that have a long and rich history which runs all the way back to the 1800s.

Another aspect has recently been added with the Bushrangers jumping on board to play a T20 fixture against Bunnan at 9 am, which will help raise even more money throughout the day.

The event was inspired by the Glenn McGrath Pink Stump Day with over $100,000 being donated to the McGrath Foundation over the first six years, but Belltrees Cricket Club president Ben McRae said they’ve recently shifted their aim.

“In the last two years we’ve pushed our focus more to local charities with the Where there’s a Will foundation, and we’ve been able to raise $70,000 over those two years,” he said.

They have gained immense support in the past couple of years through local businesses who have been helping them raise as much funds as possible, with special mention being given to Ellerston Golf Club.

Raffles have been getting more and more lucrative since the event’s inception and prize value now ranges from $40 up to $1000.

A chocolate wheel and other family friendly items and activities will also be available on the day which makes it the perfect place to spend a Saturday, especially given the cricket itself will be so crucial.

Belltrees are trying to break their way back into the top four as Rouchel attempt to hold off competitors coming for their second place finish, making this a mouthwatering fixture.

So if you want to help the local community and watch a cracking game of cricket, then get out to the Belltrees Cricket Ground on Saturday, February 23 to see Bushrangers play Bunnan at 9 am, and Belltrees take on Rouchel in the traditional game at 12:30 pm.

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