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Tamworth Charity League a hit all round

TAMWORTH Baseball Association’s new Charity League was a hit when the first round blasted off at the Field of Dreams last Saturday and officials are hoping for a similar blast when the second round ramps up tomorrow.
Nanjing Night Net

Based on the highly successful Tamworth Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition, the Tamworth Charity League is a competition designed to promote and lift the profile of the game in

Tamworth.

Association president Robert Handsaker is one of the co-coaches of the four new “franchises” but delighted with its first round of matches despite a 9-8 loss for his Terry Psarakis Accounting team to Mick Martin ElectronicSecurity.

“We were down 7-nil at one stage though,” he said.

“It was a good game of baseball, very enjoyable.

“We had a plenty of people down there watching too.

“ When I left there were still people standing around talking about the games. It was a good game played in the right spirit.”

He believes it is the right promotion for the game midway through the regularseason.

Len Holt, who is co-coach of the Mick Martin Electronic Security side, also thought it a great start to a marvellous innovation.

George Harradine starred with three hits for his side while Mick Martin had two, including a big triple.

Canadian teacher Wesley Krannenberg was another to hit safely along with Brock Ridgewell.

“It was a lot of fun, a great concept,” Holt said. “Everyone enjoyed themselves and we played some good baseball too.

“There were lots of positives to come out of that.”

While TBA officials have drafted four new teams, they have all adopted charities.

Players and umpires are fined for various errors during the games with all that “loot” plus prizemoney going to the charity of the winning side.

Prostate Cancer, Motor Neurone Disease, Kids Cancer and Ronald McDonald House are the charities.

Firefly Finance co-coach Dave King believes the Charity League a massive promotion for the game.

“It was a great start for the new concept,” he said despite Firefly’s 5-2 loss to Chandlers Tree Service.

“All the players loved it and enjoyed playing in it.

“I enjoyed being back on the coaches’ bench too.”

Round 2 has Firefly Finance and Psarakis Accounting matching up while Chandlers Tree Service and Mick Martin Eletronic Security clash in the oher game.

Tamworth District Cricket Association president Richard Bullock hoes into this pitch for Firefly Finance. Photo: Gareth Gardner 040715GGE07

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