Ballan takes the honours

The Ballan Cricket Club won the Mullagh Wills Trophy and the bragging rights over Buninyong in a tight match at Ballan Recreation Reserve on Saturday. The game was decided in the final over before tea on the second day when Ballan hit the winning runs with one wicket in hand.

The two clubs were keen to support the Mullagh Wills Foundation Journey to the G project and to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Cricket Team journey to Melbourne to play against the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1866.

Michael Flynn, the Executive Officer from Sports Central in Ballarat and a member of the Buninyong Cricket Club, initiated the match and said it was important for all Australians to have an understanding of this incredible event in our history.

“This is an amazing story and while it is about cricket it is so much more than that, it provides a wonderful example of people working together and giving everyone an opportunity. We congratulate the Mullagh Wills Foundation on the initiative to commemorate the 1866 Boxing Day match and to involve the communities that played a part in the journey 150 years ago.

“Both clubs are pleased to have had the opportunity to support the Journey to the G and hope we have been able to further promote the story to ensure more and more people are aware of this incredible event.”

Jane Nathan, Chair of the Mullagh Wills Foundation, presented the Mullagh Wills Trophy to the Ballan captain, Mick Nolan. Mick and his Buninyong counterpart, Dan Kitchen present Jane with club caps embroidered with the Mullagh Wills Foundation match details and confirmed both Clubs are now looking at making this match an annual event.

Players of both teams signed the Message Book and included a message of support.