CANCER victims and seriously ill children will be the real winners when two mates with unfinished cricketing business host a grudge match this weekend.
Grassmere Cricket Association radio show presenters Liam Fitzgerald and Fred Chatfield have turned a friendly run-scoring rivalry from a one-off game together with Killarney last year into a force for good.
The bet was whoever scored the least runs kicked in $150 to Peter’s Project. Fred scored two runs, Liam a duck.
On Saturday, they will gather at Warrnambool’s Mack Oval from 10am for a novelty Twenty20 match to raise money for Peter’s Project and the Make a Wish Foundation.
Warrnambool and Moyne mayors Michael Neoh and Jim Doukas and Wannon MP Dan Tehan have agreed to pull on the whites, together with past and present WDCA and GCA players. Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie has put her hand up to be umpire.
“We’ve now got 17 players a side, we’ll be doing a Twenty20 match,” co-organiser Tracie Johnson said.
“We’ve got a huge auction happening. Our big-ticket item is $10,000 of outdoor advertising. It’s really going to be a whole load of fun.”
Fred Chatfield knows the pain of watching a loved one battle cancer.
Last year his wife passed away after spending 20 weeks in Melbourne for radiotherapy treatment.
“She missed out on the kids graduating, debutante balls — she missed out on a lot of things,” he said.
“I’ve got three blokes who have put down $300 if I hit a six. I’ve never hit a six in my life.”