Bright recruit for cup

FORMER Australian test cricketer Ray Bright will take part in the annual Tim Johnson Cup cricket match in Sale on Melbourne Cup day this Tuesday.

Now in its third year, the annual twenty20 event is played between a Veterans XI and a Colts XI in memory of former Collegians player and respected community member Tim Johnson, who succumbed to cancer in 2011.

“When Tim’s brother Paul contacted me about getting involved, I agreed straight away,” Bright said.

“The Tim Johnson Cup is a great initiative where the community can come together to remember a friend, raise funds to support another friend and enjoy a great day out all at the same time.”

But despite the all-important community focus surrounding the sporting event, Bright revealed another motivator for dusting off the whites.

“My main cricketing challenge now is to take on and defeat the Colts XI on cup day,” he said with a wry grin.

“And with the ledger currently one win a piece, there’s a lot at stake, so Sam Morelli and his Colts team had better look out,” Bright joked.

Bright had a first class cricket career spanning 18 years including playing 25 tests for Australia, taking 53 wickets; playing in 11 one-day internationals, captaining Victoria 39 times and pioneering World Series Cricket.

Tim’s brother and Veterans captain Paul Johnson said he hopes the community comes out to support a worthy cause.

“This year we’ll also be raising funds to support Collegians Cricket Club player Travis Abel, who is recovering from a period of illness,” he said.

“Ray has donated a cricket bat signed by the 1988-89 West Indian and Australian cricket teams which will be raffled to help with the fundraising effort.

“Ray will also be joining us for lunch directly after the game when he will share stories from his cricketing career.”

Lunch will be available for $12 from around 12.30pm, with a jumping castle to keep children amused.

The 2013 Tim Johnson Cup will be held at College Ovals in Sale from 10am on Tuesday.

Entry to the game is free.

For more information phone Paul Johnson on 0406 659 920.