MITCH Power will come out of “retirement” tonight as Tamworth’s cricketers pad up for charity at No.1 Oval.
The former Tamworth spinner will pull on the whites – or in this case pink – again to captain one of the two sides in the Redimix Concrete Twenty20 Cricket Challenge.
South Tamworth captain Nick Leyden will skipper the other side.
The challenge is being organised by the Serendipity Committee, which raises money for cancer patients and projects in the region.
Power and Leyden were both involved in the 2011 game, which Serendipity also ran, and were more than happy to put their hands up again.
“Trina Constable brought up that they wanted to try to bring the game back,” Power said.
“I said I’d be more than happy to play and help out anyway I can.”
“I just think it’s a great local charity. They do some really good work and help out a lot of people when needed.”
“It’s a good charity in that it does a lot for local people,” he said.
He and Power worked out the two teams and felt they’ve come up with two pretty evenly-matched teams.
“It should be a good game,” Power said.
He is looking forward to having a hit again, having not played for the last couple of years.
His side looks to have some good hitting power, with the likes of Aaron Hazlewood, Adam Jones and Kris Halloran there.
“Kris is probably one of the best short-form cricketers in town,” Power said.
Hazlewood hasn’t played a lot of cricket so far this season but is always dangerous, while Jones is fresh from a century in club cricket last week.
The bowling roster looks good too, especially
“I’ve got three left-armers who all take the new ball for their clubs – Jack (McVey), Col (Smyth) and Julian (McGovern),” he said.
Then Hazlewood on top of that.
Power and Will Chesterfield will have the slow bowling well-covered.
“Will has been taking a lot of wickets for Old Boys and by all reports has been bowling well,” Power said.
Jamie Hammond, Hamish Batley and Will Howard will spearhead the attack for Leyden’s side.
All three have been bowling well.
Batley, particularly, has been performing well with the bat too.
He smacked 47 last week to almost lift North Tamworth to victory after it looked out of the game.
“He’ll be handy down the order. Hammo as well,” Leyden said.
Up the top, Leyden, Nick Pearson and Michael Rixon will be a few to watch.
Rixon and Pearson may also figure with the ball.
It’s a well-rounded attack, with Adam Penman, Harrison Kelly and Simon Toyer also slow options.
Leyden faced Toyer last weekend and said he bowled well.
Before the action starts at 7pm, there will be a coaching clinic for the kids from 5.30-6.30pm.
Most of the players involved in the game will be helping out at that.
“It’ll be covering all stuff involved in cricket,” Power said. “Hopefully we’ll see a lot of kids there.”
There will be barbecue for the kids afterwards.
Entry to the game is gold coin donation.