Despite heavy local flooding the city of Newcastle recovered well and successfully hosted the Pharmacists of Australia for their 9th National Cricket Carnival recently.
Teams from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia played for the right to hold the Chemists Interstate Challenge Cricket Shield for this season.
The Novocastrians headed by Christian Hernandez and Brenton Hart fulfilled all that was required to ensure the Carnival was a success, say organisers.
The Welcome BBQ held at the Cooks Hill Surf Club, set the tone for a very successful Carnival, with great views over the beach and excellent food, they say.
The grounds used were first class, with however the last day being abandoned due to very heavy overnight rain. Victoria were to play off with South Australia for the Shield.
“This disappointment was more than compensated at the trophy presentation dinner by having former Test cricket personality Doug Walters as guest speaker.
“Doug in his relaxed and colourful way recalled his times playing cricket and the experiences he had with some of those who had been guest speakers at past Pharmacy Cricket Carnival dinners.
“Doug Walters with the assistance of Pharmacy Cricket patron Brian Booth presented the Carnival trophies.
“This included the ‘Player of the Carnival’ (Jens Christensen), ‘Batsman’ (Will Clayton) and ‘Bowler of the Carnival’ (Michael Broadbent).
The Carnival trophy ‘The Shield’ was presented to the Carnival winners, the Victorian team captained by Paul Wickham, having won their three games.”
A framed memorabilia characterisation of Walters with David Boon was auctioned for an “astonishing” amount, the organisers say.
“Both Doug Walters and Pharmacy Cricket are very pleased with the result. This now resides in the home of a well-known Victorian. Well done Paul!
“The Victorians having won the Carnival have accepted the roll of hosting the Carnival for January 2017 in Melbourne.”