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Jimmy Crabb, Max Ajduk, Jack Bertram, Noah Bailiff, Curtis Newman, Adam Kennedy, Henry Crabb and (absent: Jake Edwards) give The Green Machine roar at the beginning of Net24.

Junior cricketers fundraise with nonstop game

KALAMUNDA Cricket Club’s junior cricketers pulled an all-nighter at the weekend to fundraise for a worthy cause.

Kalamunda Junior Cricket Club under 11’s team The Green Machine spent 24 hours in the nets to raise money for the Starlight Foundation.

Coaches Craig Crabb and Kyle Ajduk said engaging the team in a Net24 fundraiser created an opportunity for the children to bond and work together to reach a set goal.

“We try to push a team aspect and do a lot of things together,” Mr Ajduk said.

“Craig and I thought it would be a great idea to hold a fundraiser to get the boys to look at the bigger picture and see what a team can achieve.”

Mr Ajduk said the young boys between eight and 10 chose to fundraise for the Starlight Foundation so they could support other children experiencing pain and stress due to illness.

The Green Machine hit the nets on Saturday at 10:45am where they would remain for the next 24 hours following two strict rules.

Two cricketers must be batting and bowling at all times and no one is to leave the area around the nets, even to retrieve a stray ball.

“The first seven hours they all took an hour each to bat and bowl,” Mr Ajduk said.

“From about 11pm the boys made a roster and around 4am two boys were on their last legs.”

Mr Ajduk said despite giving the young boys an option to pack it in, early Sunday morning, they insisted they could reach the 24-hour mark.

“[The boys] were very driven which was impressive, it is a proud moment for all the parents.

“It went really smoothly and was a whole lot of fun, we definitely will do it annually and would like to try and hold Net24 as an entire club.”

Assistant coach Aaron Bertram and team manager Brett Kennedy also stuck out the 24 hours.

The junior cricketers smashed their goal to raise $3000 and are currently sitting at $5533, to donate visit Net24.

By Morgan de Smidt

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