The Charity Cricket match between the Maleny Maulers and Member for Glass House Andrew Powell’s Celebrity Eleven ended in a surprise draw on Saturday at the Aub Cork Oval. The Celebrity Eleven snatching a draw from the jaws of victory.
The Maleny Maulers started well and posted a respectable 164 in their innings of the thirty overs per side match.
The run chase for the Celebrity Eleven began well with most of the early batsmen scoring or getting close to the 30 runs per batsman maximum allowed under the special rules for the day. It appeared that the Celebrity Eleven were coasting towards a win and getting their hands on the much coveted and now mounted “Golden Thong” trophy.
As is so often the case, a quick fall of wickets brought together the final two batsmen requiring two runs from the final two overs. A single brought up 164 runs to level the score. The final ball resulted in lofted shot and a regulation catch to ensure there would be no advance on the score.
There were calls for a super over to break the deadlock but in the end it was decided that a draw was very much a fitting end to a good game of cricket. The proceeds of the day will go to the pyjama foundation which assists in helping less fortunate kids to read.
Selection of an appropriate Man of the match was unanimous, with the Celebrity Eleven’s Mick Glover starring with the bat ball and in the field.
The match will be on again next year where once a gain the “Golden Thong” will assume Ashes status, well at least for the day.