Muhommad Adeel Abid and Edith McBride with the Man of the Match trophy
It was hot out on the pitch but an exciting finish saw the Gympie Royals take the win in the Lionel McBride Memorial Cricket Match held at Rainbow last month.
Our Rainbow boys scored a hefty 225 but thanks to a sterling performance by Man of the Match, Muhommad Adeel Abid, with one wicket and 116 runs, the Royals went home with a great win.
It was the third year the match has been played in honour of Lionel who sadly passed away on Australia Day 2018. His wife Edith (a Rainbow Beach local) was touched by the respect the teams showed in holding the match and the support provided by local businesses, Rainbow Beach Meats and the Sports and Recreation Club in sponsoring the day.
Lionel and Edith’s son-in-law, Greg Eaton, presented the perpetual Man of the Match trophy which he handmade from a piece of Huon pine (a souvenir from a trip Lionel and Edith had taken to Tasmania prior to his death).
Edith said, “The match was really exciting and our boys played a super game – we had a great but emotional day. Thank you to Matto and the guys for helping us to remember Lionel and the fun he had whilst scoring for the Rainbow Beach Team.
The family congratulate the winning team.
“It was wonderful to have my daughters, my son Craig and his partner Diana, my granddaughter Eva and my son-in-laws there on the day. Thank you also to the locals who came down to watch the match.”