Cricket crosses borders as the sport unites rotarians

A shared love of cricket is bringing together nations as Wagga hosts the International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians (IFCR) Festive of Cricketat Duke of Kent Oval this week.

SKY HIGH: Wagga's David Benn, the IFCR organising committee chairman, plays an adventurous shot during the second day's action at Duke of Kent Oval on Tuesday. Picture: Les Smith

SKY HIGH: Wagga's David Benn, the IFCR organising committee chairman, plays an adventurous shot during the second day's action at Duke of Kent Oval on Tuesday. Picture: Les Smith

While primarily a bi-annual event for Australians, there are also participants from across the globe.

Secretary of the organising committee John Gray said the international flavour was part of the inclusive nature of the event.

“This is really for all the Australians, we have a festival every two years and the world festival is every three years, so the Australians get together and have a festival themselves,” Gray said.

“But the Indians love coming so we always invite them.

“We invite anyone who wants to come.”

While their best cricketing days may be behind them, all the players love getting back into the whites.

“We all love it and just enjoy it,” Gray said. 

“It is played seriously, but not too seriously.

“No one complains when somebody but drops a catch.

The event is also a lead into the World IFCR Festival in Christchurch in January.

Many of those competing in Wagga are expected to be part of that event.

The six-day event started on Sunday but there won’t be action on the field until Thursday with a trip to the Coolamon Cheese Factory and the mid week dinner on the agenda for Wednesday.

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