What would Australia Day be without a game of cricket in the blazing sunshine?

Sappers from the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment assisting with removing burned and hazardous trees as part of Operation Bushfire Assist in the Tumbarumba area downed their chainsaws on January 26 to take part in a cricket match against the locals.

Sergeant Daniel Daleris, who is known to swing a mean bat, contacted the shire council a few days before Australia Day and suggested the game.

The council contacted local pharmacist Glen McCallum, treasurer of the Tumbarumba and District Cricket Association, to pass on the challenge.

Mr McCallum said he took to Facebook and within half an hour had a team of volunteers ready to take on Army’s best.

Tumbarumba  captain Derek Smith said the game was played in good spirits.

“The Army team can’t catch to save themselves, but they’re fit,” he said.

Army were all out for 88 chasing Tumbarumba’s score of 6/148.

Best player for Army was Sapper Joshua Downs, who was not out 20 and took 1 for 6.