Sir Donald Bradman first visited the SCG to watch a Test as a 12-year old with his father and became inspired to play the game seriously. "I shall never be satisfied," he told his father, "until I play on this ground".
Now everybody can live the Don's dream, while raising money to provide sports facilities for people with disabilities, by getting a team together for Marathon Cricket 2013.
Organised by the Primary Club of Australia, with the passionate support of Trust Chairman Rodney Cavalier and Cricket NSW, the charity event offers every cricket enthusiast the opportunity to play the game they love on the hallowed SCG.
More than 40 teams are expected to compete in the modified Twelve/12 format. Teams are divided into two overall groups, the Twelfth Man's XI and the President's XI, for which they accumulate scores while playing games scheduled over two days from 7am to 10pm.
In recent years, the entertainment has been boosted by a feature match. In 2011, the Indigenous NRL All-Stars (pictured} battled Cricket Australia's under-23 indigenous team for the Jack Marsh Cup. This summer there will be a 'Battle of the Codes' with the Legends of Rugby Union led by John Eales taking on Brett Kim morley and his Legends of Rugby League.
Dates for the 2013 event are Thursday 24th and Friday 25th January. For more details visit the Primary Club website: www.primaryclub.com or call (02} 9980 2525 for further details or to enter your team.
Cricketers of all ages (male or female) are welcome, and there are corporate team packages, which include sponsorship opportunities and premium tickets to the 'Legends of Sport' Marathon Cricket Dinner in the SCG's Steve Waugh Room. Priority bookings are given to financial members of the Primary Club ($50 per annum).