Fitzy and Wippa’s Backyard Cricket returned to Kirribilli House for the first time since 2018 yesterday, putting on a show to raise money for Ronald Mcdonald House Sydney.
The special charity event featured the Prime Minister himself, Anthony Albanese, playing in Fitzy’s team alongside Lynne McGranger, Colin Fassnidge, Mark Ferguson, Tim Blackwell, Nathan Lyon, Mel McLaughlin, Cam Merchant and listener Jade.
Wippa’s team included Premier Dominic Perrottet, Beau Ryan, Conrad Sewell, Richard Wilkins, Ben Fordham, Dr Andrew Rochford, Matt De Groot, Brett Lee, Stella Campbell and listener Tom.
The game kicked off with a bat toss from New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet, and a fiery start ensued with a clear rivalry from both teams.
Team Fitzy was up first to bat, with Albanese getting the team off to a strong start before Aussie cricket legend Nathan Lyon proved to be an asset to the team.
There was some questionable bowling from Dominic Perrottet, who had his own John Howard moment as the ball bounded backwards at one stage during a bowl.
Next, it was Team Wippa’s turn to step up to bat.
Mark Ferguson and Ben Fordham delivered some big hits, and with cricket icons Brett Lee and Stella Campbell also onboard, Team Wippa ultimately saw victory.
With 62 to win, Team Wippa passed the total with 1 wicket and 1 over in hand, with the final score being 62-61.
$15,000 was raised and donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney, with a cheque presented to the charity following the match.