Cricketers travelled from around the country to pad up for the Transplant Bash Shield match between the Lucky Stars Australian Transplant team and Bendigo Bank DonateLife Everyday Heroes.
The Lucky Stars were victorious, defeating the Everyday Heroes by one run.
The Star’s Brendan West was the top scorer on the day with 56 runs, followed by captain Steve Arthy with 50, Queensland cricket player Nathan Reardon with 40 and Donatelife Everyday Heroes player Lance Whitnall was the team’s top scorer with 35.
Despite the match’s top-class player list which also included Rob Quiney, Nathan Reardon, Tony Dodemaide, Lance Whitnall and Cricket Victoria CEO Andrew Ingleton, the focus of the match was off the field.
Lucky Stars player and organ donor recipient, Steve Hollingsworth said it was an event which acknowledged the importance of organ donors and their families.
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“We are living proof that that we are able to get back out there and enjoy life with family and friends for a second innings," Hollingsworth said.
“It’s important to thank the donors of the families, who we held a minute of silence for at the beginning of the match.
“There’s also an immense amount of support that comes from people throughout the local community.”
The match has become an annual tradition since it was first played in Eaglehawk in 2013, with the aim of raising awareness of organ and tissue donation.
Hollingsworth said five people signed up to become organ donors at the match, which follows on from six others who registered at the event last year.
The Melbourne Renegades Twenty20 cricket team’s mascot Sledge, was a special guest at the game, arriving in-style aboard one of the Maiden Gully Fire Brigade’s trucks.
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