24 January 2018
SCG XI goes Global
Proving once again that cricket is a truly global sport, amateur club members from around the world recently met to battle for bragging rights in the Spirit of Cricket Global Challenge at the SCG.
Every local and international team tasted competition on the history laden Sydney Cricket Ground but ultimately the final blows were traded in a T20 match between the SCG XI and the Marylebone Cricket Club.
The MCC won the toss and elected to bat first before gaining the early ascendancy and surging to 2-86 after 10 overs. Not to be denied the SCG XI mounted a mini fightback at 6-135 after 17 overs with former Australian Test great Stuart MacGill the main destroyer bagging 2-28 from his four overs.
Some late order lashing saw the visitors reach 7-166 from their allotted 20 overs.
With the sun setting behind the historic Members and Ladies Pavilion's and a modest total of 167 set for victory the SCG XI began their chase.
A sluggish start saw the SCG XI lose four wickets within the first six overs, slumping to 4-30 and victory looked as distant as the Lords Cricket Ground itself.
The ship was finally steadied by Michael Singh-Bhatty with a wonderful knock of 40 (35) and some powerful hitting from Matthew Lewis 41 (25) which included two sixes.
However with the damage done in the early stages the MCC bowlers knuckled down and finished off the match by limiting the SCG XI to 8-132, securing the win.
An incredible day was highlighted by the post match interaction between the teams over an ice cold beer in the famous SCG dressing rooms.
Most participants in the tournament had never played on the SCG and the enthusiasm and compliments for tournament organisers was of the highest regard.
The Spirit of Cricket Gala Dinner was held in the SCG's Noble Dining room on Tuesday January 9, and was another amazing experience for the cricket-mad crowd.
Channel Nine's Tim Gilbert introduced guest speakers Michael Hussey, John Stephenson (MCC), Kumar Sangakkara and the SCG XI's very own Simon Katich who shared tales of Cricket's ability to develop lasting friendships and forge international relationships.
These sentiments epitomised the theme of the Spirit of Cricket Global Challenge and the dinner was a worthy success.
A presentation made during the evening by Sachin Bajaj announced the Cricket Club of India as host of the next Spirit of Cricket Global Challenge in 2020.
The SCG XI on behalf of General Manager Nick Govers would like to formally thank everyone involved in the development and execution of the Spirit of Cricket Global Challenge and are calling for interested SCG XI tourists to India in 2020.
Please see below the SCG XI matches listed for February 2018. Participants should express interest to play as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org
SCG XI vs Paddington CC | February 7 | Jubilee Oval
The match will commence at 1.30pm with 35 overs per innings.
The cost of the match will be $35 per player which includes ground hire, a light lunch with post-match drinks and umpire fees.
Sir Michael Parkinson Cup – Tri Tournament | SCG XI v Reg Bartley XI v The Primary Club | Reg Bartley Oval | February 25
This event will consist of a number of Last Man Stand style matches with the aim to complete three matches throughout the day.
A cost is yet to be determined for the matches and will be communicated as soon as possible.