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Charity Cup match the perfect venue for a Christmas party

Fourth Town v Country match to be a bigger spectacle

Narrabri Shire Youth Shack volunteer Renae Tibbett and Narrabri District Cricket Association president Brendon Ward discuss the plans for this year’s Town v Country charity cricket match.

The fourth annual Narrabri District Cricket Association charity cricket match will be played on Friday, December 8.

Once again the Town Heat and Country Thunder will go head to head for the Charity Cup.

This season the NDCA has teamed up with Narrabri Shire Youth Shack, to raise valuable awareness and funds for the centre.

Youth Shack volunteer Anna Dugdale said that the event was the perfect opportunity for a Christmas party - for family and friends as well as businesses.

“We have five Chrissy parties at the moment but are hoping for a couple more,” Dugdale said.

“100 per cent of the funds raised will be able to go towards holding more events and activities for young people at the Youth Shack.

“We are so grateful for the funds raised so far and are really looking forward to holding a fun, family friendly event for the whole community.”

The third Charity Cup game was played in March this year.

It saw $5300 raised for the Lord’s Taverners.

It also saw Country win its third consecutive Cup, downing Town by five wickets, meaning that in the fourth contest between the two rivals the Town side will be searching for its first charity match victory.

It certainly has the man in charge to make that happen.

Former Civeo skipper Nick Smart was recently announced as the Town side’s captain.

He will line up against Mick Dowdell, who was selected as the Country team captain.

Dowdell captained RSL to victory in the T20 Namoi Super Slog tournament earlier this season.

This season’s event is shaping up to be bigger and better than the last.

NDCA president Brendon Ward said that spectators could expect a great night at the event, and some explosive cricket action on the field.

“This year there has been a lot more organisation,” Ward said.

“We have tried to make it better and better.

“I think it’s gong to be twice as big as the last one.

“We have secured two ex or current players and their names will be

announced within the next week or so.

“The game will be entertaining.

“Players like Nick Smart, Tom Craig, Mick Dowdell, Lachie Cameron and a couple of other big hitters will be looking to get maximum runs every ball.”

Once again the game will be hosted at Collins Park, the premier cricket ground in the Narrabri Shire.