BOTH the Rochester United and Rochester Tigers Cricket Clubs are urging fans to get down to this weekend’s matches between the sides to again honour a local legend.
The annual Dingers’ Day, celebrating Tigers’ player Matthew Dingwall who tragically died in 2011, will see the A grade sides compete for a perpetual trophy.
But, as Tigers’ president Ray George explained, the celebration is expanded this year as the clubs meet in all grades.
‘‘This year is quite unique with not only A, B and C grades playing each other but the under 14s and 16s as well as in Thursday’s Twenty20,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a big week for both clubs and we really want to see a lot of people getting down to support.’’
George couldn’t speak highly enough of Dingwall, a gun cricketer and all-round great person.
‘‘He was just a big, jolly bloke, and no one had a bad thing to say about him,’’ he said.
‘‘His father is the groundskeeper and he’s done a lot for the club as well; it’s a pretty famous family name in Rochester.
‘‘Dingers was a big unit, and he’d just stand and deliver and whack big sixes. He caused a lot of bowlers headaches.
‘‘(Dingers’ Day) is really about the clubs coming together, we’ve got plenty of free food after the game, there’s a jumping castle for the kids; just a great family atmosphere.
‘‘We drink long necks on the day because that’s what he always used to drink; it’s just a nice day.’’
The under 14s meet on Thursday night at Windridge Oval, the 16s on Friday night at Moon Oval, before the senior sides meet on Saturday at 12.30pm.
A grade will be played at Windridge Oval, B grade at Moon Oval and C grade at Rochester High School.