COMMEMORATING 100 years since the death of Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar at the Battle of Beersheba in 1917, the third instalment of the ‘Beersheba Bash’ cricket match was held on Anzac Day.
Given the state of the weather it seemed unlikely that any play would go ahead between the two teams: ‘Maygars Men’ and the visiting ‘Wilderness Wanderers’.
Maygars Hill Winery in East Longwood played host to the event, and had prepared a special oval and pitch (thanks to the use of an ‘ancient roller’) in a paddock adjoining the vineyard, which looked a touch waterlogged after the morning’s torrential rain.
An early lunch was therefore called, and the opportunity was taken to get team photos before the match, giving the teams an early opportunity to trade barbs.
Any notion that this was to be a friendly exhibition match was quickly dispelled, as winery owner Jenny Houghton informed the Maygar side not to take the fiercely competitive opposition lightly.
With the clouds parting and the sun drying out the pitch, the healthy crowd made their way down the hill and assembled around the newly formed oval.
Local Member for Euroa Steph Ryan tossed the coin, which was won by the Wanderers who unsurprisingly bowled on the partly submerged wicket.
Despite the conditions, Maygar’s put on a display of batting dominance against an opposition of more experienced, but perhaps less recently involved players, compiling an imposing first innings.
Unfortunately, plenty of balls ended up in the nearby dams, resulting in fines for both batsmen and bowler.
Those watching on were kept entertained during the innings break by the bagpipes, as well as being treated to a carriage driving display from newly crowned Australian Champion Rachel Haslau.
The Wanderers weren’t able to match the batting performance of Maygar’s Men in the second innings, but nevertheless kept the onlookers entertained as they watched while enjoying some of the winery’s produce.
In the end the match resulted in a convincing win the home team, however in a late twist the Wanderers demanded the coveted ‘Maygar Ball Trophy’ be decided not by a best of three series (which Maygar’s had thought was wrapped up with victory 2-1 on the day), but demanded the series become best of five.
Many thanks go to the organiser of the event Jenny Houghton and the team at Maygar’s Hill Winery for hosting a spectacular day.
Thanks also go to Steph Ryan for attending and displaying her commitment to the local community despite a busy Anzac Day schedule.
To Scott McKay for his wicket preparation, the Euroa Cricket Club and to those who attended on the day, thanks also go.
Congratulations must also go to the players for a fantastic match played in great spirits and displaying real camaraderie.
To further commemorate the death of Colonel Maygar, the winery will also be hosting a Black Tie Ball in October, with details released closer to the date.
Thanks to Will Murray from the Euroa Gazette for providing this summary and to Simon Fergusson for the photos. See full gallery of photos >>