AN exciting day of cricket appears likely to have solidified Twenty20 as a mainstay on the Horsham Cricket Association calendar, as big hitting on Saturday also raised $1250 for bushfire affected communities.
The Horsham Cricket Association and major sponsor Ben Sawyer of PRP Property Valuers both vowed to donate $25 each for every six hit across the day's A Grade matches played at Horsham's City Oval.
25 sixes were hit across the day, with Rup-Minyip's Mark Mbofana the main culprit with five.
Horsham Cricket Association Secretary Darren Chesterfield said where the money would be donated was still under consideration.
He said they were exploring the potential of donating the money to a cricket club effected by the fires.
"Mark hit a few nice, clean sixes to increase the amount after it had slowed down a little bit, which was good to see," Mr Chesterfield said.
The money raised added to an already exciting and enjoyable day of cricket for the association. Every A and B Grade side returned from the Christmas break to play two Twenty20 games on Saturday, and will do the same again across the next two weekends.
C Grade will also get involved on the Twenty20 action from next weekend.
It all adds up to a Twenty20 ladder, with an A Grade, B Grade and C Grade Twenty20 grand final to be played between the top two sides at City Oval on February 16.
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"I think it has worked pretty well first up," Mr Chesterfield said.
"It takes a bit of management to have people moving around and moving quickly between games, but we finished around 10:40PM, so it was a good day of cricket."
Jung Tigers captain Angus Adams said he enjoyed the new concept.
"Two games of cricket in one day, I'm all for it," he said.
"It is taxing, really tiring. Some of our guys were pretty knackered about half way through the second game. I'm not sure if that is due to it being the first week back post-Christmas break, or the two games. But overall, I enjoyed it."
One of Laharum's English recruits Adam Barber also approved.
"It was different, I had never done that type of thing back home before, but I thoroughly enjoyed it," Barber said.
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