Premier Cricket

Cricket pauses for Remembrance Day

Premier cricket across the nation stops to honour the sacrifices made on the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Cricket Network

11 November 2017, 01:00 PM AEST

Club cricketers around the country have paused to mark Remembrance Day, including a poignant match between two clubs that suffered heavy losses during the First World War.

Manly-Warringah and Gordon cricket clubs meet this weekend in Sydney, the 113th first-grade meeting between the two. Collectively, the clubs provided 120 cricketers to the war effort, 14 of which did not return.

The dead fell at Gallipoli, Bullecourt, Passchendaele, the Somme and Beersheba, their names read out in a moving ceremony as the current crop of Premier players stopped play at 11am to remember the fallen at Gordon's Chatswood Oval. 

At Manly Oval where second grade match with Gordon was being held, play also paused at 11am while a bugler played ahead of an ode from the balcony, with multiple veterans associated with the club in attendance.

It was a scene repeated around the country, from junior cricket to the Premier grade, and former Test cricketer Matthew Hayden was among those to tweet his sentiments to mark the occasion.