Aussies return in hope of victory

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Four years ago Bamburgh Castle Cricket Club hosted a touring side from Australia, and now the Aussies are coming back – with an even stronger team!

The fixture four years ago arose after a regular international telephone call between Bamburgh resident Peter Darling and his brother in New South Wales, Australia, a committee member of his local side the Mudgee Cricket Club (MCC).

Mudgee supporters of the Aussie Test side for the last Ashes Series were to arrive in the UK in numbers and wanted a local fixture in the magnificent setting of Bamburgh, home of the Darling family.

The Aussie side, known as the ‘Old Ports’ recreated their tradition of starting that match with a substantial glass of port and toast - which may have influenced the flow of play.

The match ended in a draw.

Coverage of that match and the beautiful setting was given wide Press and TV coverage in Australia and, as a result, a challenge was issued once again – but this time from the New South Wales State University, Macquarie Cricket Club, over here to support the Ashes tour.

The match starts at 2pm this Sunday in Bamburgh with a BBQ sourced from match sponsors, Carters the Butchers, and a bar from Bamburgh’s Castle Inn when all are welcome!

Tony Baldwin, chairman of Bamburgh Cricket Club, said: “We’ve insisted the visitors follow Aussie Rules by starting the match with a large glass of port – and we’re pouring the measures!”