On Thursday 7 June, the Surrey Championship took on an Aboriginal XI at the Kia Oval. The game commemerated 150 years since an Aboriginal team cricket team became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally, when the tourists also played Surrey. The game also formed part of our own 50th anniversary celebrations with a strong side named to take on the tourists.
The Aboriginal XI got off to a quick start but a superb spell of bowling from Phil Mann, taking two for fourteen from his four overs, restricted the tourists to 176-8. Some tight early bowling meant the hosts were behind the rate in the early stages and despite an electric 67 from Ben McDermott and Paul Hindmarsh hitting the last two balls for six, the experience of Aussie ODI player, Scott Boland and Brisbane Heat's Brendan Doggett just about got the visitors over the line as the Surrey Championship fell short by five runs.
A great occasion, and thanks to the Surrey Championship's sponsors Travelbag for ensuring the side looked the part for the big day!
A full report can be found on the Surrey website.
The tour continues through June and details can be found here.