TWO local cricketers have joined the ‘Gippsland Bushwackers’ in a tour of Darwin, playing three matches against local teams.
Gippsland Bushwackers is a cricket team comprising Sale-Maffra and Leongatha District players including Glen Alvie cricketers Peter Roberts and Dan Hales.
The team spent last week taking on Northern Territory sides including Palmerston Cricket Club and the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.
First up the Bushwackers surprised the Palmerston Cricket Club when they dismissed the locals for just 139 then proceeded to get the required runs off just 20 overs for the loss of 5 wickets.
For the final two matches they faced Northern Territory Institute of Sport where they were defeated on both occasions.
Leading run scorers over the week were Travis Millar (116), Stephen Noble (88) and Michael Roberts (71).
Leading wicket takers were Daniel Hales (5), Mark Donald (4) and Dylan Bolton (3).
Off the field, a number of the players came to media attention when they came to the rescue of a local man who lost three fingers when a large fire cracker exploded in his hand.
The injured man was trying to dispose of the firework which had been thrown at him and his wife from a moving car as they cooked their dinner at a beach side barbeque at Vestey’s Beach.