Aussies take on India at Tyalgum

REIGNING champions Australia hope to chip away at an age-old deficit when they take on India in a limited-overs cricket match at Tyalgum’s Bruce Bartrim Oval tomorrow.

On the Tyalgum calendar there’s no more anticipated, more historic or more prestigious match than the annual Australia Day clash between a team of Tweed players and an outfit drawn from the local Indian community.

However, having triumphed in just six of the 17 battles fought since the match was first played in 1993, the Australian side is under the pump to close in on the Asian army’s record and restore both local and national pride.

“The Indian’s have been quite dominant over the years and they are always a very, very competitive side,” Tyalgum Cricket Club secretary Kim Short said.

“Last year was the first year that our Aussie guys had got up in a good few years but hopefully they can take that confidence into tomorrow’s game and come out on top again.

“They’ve got a lot of ground to make up so the game promises to be fiercely contested and as always the standard will be very high.”

Short said that so ferocious is the competition, and such is the level of play, that overseas recruitment has been known to take place.

“The Indians are very passionate about this fixture and have been known to enlist some help from back home,” she joked.

“I’ve heard rumours they have friends and family holiday here around this time of year just so they can take part.”

The brainchild of Murwillumbah local Sarvran Singh, the Australia Day fixture is a family-oriented affair, and opens with the traditional junior bout between representatives of the two nations.

“It’s always a massive day and definitely a highlight on the Tyalgum calendar,” Short said.

Admission to the ground is free, and Short said all people will need is a chair, hat and sunscreen as the bar will be open and a barbecue running from breakfast until late afternoon.

The junior action starts at 8.30am with the senior fixture to commence at 11.30am.

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