SHEPPARTON & Youth Club United Cricket Club and the GVFL Umpires Association went head-to-head last week in honour of local sporting legend, the late Greg Sidebottom, with over 25 players taking to the pitch at McGregor Oval for the second Greg Sidebottom Memorial T20 cricket match.
GVFL Umpires Association came out on top, only just beating theShepparton & Youth Club United Cricket Club by two runs.
Shepparton & Youth Club United Cricket Club committee member, Matt Barclay said, “United made 163 batting first and were pretty happy with the score, but some loose bowling and nice hitting by the umpires saw them take the win, but it came down to the last ball.
“United won it the year before so it’s one all now.
“We had such a great response last year that we decided to hold the match every year. It’s been really well attended and received and we had about 50 spectators as well which was great to see.”
Mr Sidebottom, who was 61 when he passed away, was a pillar in the sporting community having been involved in umpiring for more than 40 years, which included 39 VFL/AFL games and he even officiated Richmond legend, Kevin Bartlett’s historic 400th game in front of an 80,000 plus crowd at the MCG in 1983. He also played, captained, coached and was a committeeman of all sorts at the Shepparton & Youth Club United Cricket Club and was heavily involved in the merger of Shepparton Cricket Club and Shepparton Youth Club Cricket Club in 2003.