Monday, 2 December 2019
Statements by Members
Pollies versus Press Cricket Match
It's my distinct privilege to announce to the House that the annual pollie versus press cricket game was played on the weekend at Reid Oval. We of course contest the Peter Veness Memorial Cup, and it's my distinct privilege to announce to the House that the politicians won that by four runs. I got a distinct feeling of deja vu when I attended the oval. There was a feeling that the press had written us off, but of course we won, notwithstanding that: six for 202 defeated seven for 198. The teams were led by Andrew Probyn for the journos and the Deputy Prime Minister for the politicians. There were outstanding efforts from Col Bettles, at 46 runs; Robbie Reinhardt, 51 not out; and a fat bloke from Barker as well! Graham Perrett was two for 29, best of the bowling; Coughlan two for 25. I also give a shout-out to Phil Coorey—incredibly independent. It was down to a very tight outcome in the last over and there he was, umpiring a lineball call; he didn't call it 'no ball'—independent as always. There was also Gilbert, at 53, for the journos. We're holding onto this again, much to Andrew Probyn's chagrin.