The Battle for the Bradman Letter
In 1978, an employee of the Cootamundra Herald, Clarrie Power (a strong cricket supporter), discovered the letter that Don Bradman had written to the people of Cootamundra some 50 years previously, which he suggested we play for each year. Both sides readily agreed and we have been playing for teh framed copy of this letter ever since.
Bowral and Cootamundra have played each other 28 times, with only one game, in 2005, washed out. Keen rivalry has insured that most of the games have been very closely contested, with fewer than 20 runs determining teh result ten times!
You’ll be happy to know the boys from the Highlands retained the Bradman Letter Trophy defeating Cootamundra this year.
Highlands batted first and were 9/239 at the end of their 50 overs. Jack Preddey 74 and Alex Debbs 36.
Cootamundra could only manage 121 with Zac Moran taking 5/19. In Temora today. Boys are well behaved and great ambassadors for the Bradman name.
On the first day of the tour, after our 6am departure from the Bradman Museum, we arrived in Cowra for a 10.30am start. Cowra won the toss and batted. After losing early wickets they could only manage 135 with Zac Moran (3 for19) and Jack Preddey (2 for 15). A young girl Amy Edgar batted beautifully before being run out. It was a real shame.
We lost 3 early wickets with only 6 runs on the board, but a good partnership between Jack Preddey (72 no) and Tim Coenen(29) got us over the line 6 wickets down.
On day two of the tour, the boys played in Cootamundra, for the trophy. Highlands batted first and were 9/239 at the end of their 50 overs. Jack Preddey 74 and Alex Debbs 36.
Cootamundra could only manage 121 with Zac Moran taking 5/19.
In Temora on the third day. The boys are well behaved and great ambassadors for the Bradman name!
The boys suffered a narrow loss in stifling heat in West Wyalong. It was a courageous effort with the locals passing our score of 239 in the second last over. The batting order was reversed and we were in early trouble at 6 for 19 but 103 from Zac Moran saved us. The boys chased everything in 42 deg heat. It was fabulous to see.
The Final Day of the tour was in Young. Once again the game was played in stifling heat. The locals batted first and could only manage 82 runs.
The total presented little problem to the Highlands boys so we were on our way home a little earlier than planned. Zac Moran had another great day taking 6 wickets for 7 runs and scoring 50 runs.
After playing cricket for 5 days in an oven we arrived home in Bowral completely exhausted. It was a wonderful trip!
It requires much time and preparation so the efforts of Scott Moran and Steve Edwards should be applauded. We also managed to raise $312 for the bushfire appeal. I do hope the Tour continues for many years to come.
Thank you to Mark Preddey for the story and photos.