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Footy stars’ T20 showdown

Saturday, 25th January, 2020

AFL star Taylor Walker is hoping to make his mark on the scoreboard in a T20 showdown against the Power. AFL star Taylor Walker is hoping to make his mark on the scoreboard in a T20 showdown against the Power.

By Peter Argent

Former Crows’ skipper and Silver City export Taylor Walker is among the eight Adelaide senior players who will form part of the Bushfire Twenty20 Showdown side for a game against Port Adelaide on February 2 at Adelaide Oval.

Tom Lynch, who represented Victoria in cricket at junior level, will captain the Crows and was instrumental in selecting which of his teammates would feature.

The Crouch brothers, Matt and Brad, will play alongside Lucindale lad Darcy Fogarty, Paul Seedsman, stand-alone leader in the 2020 AFL campaign Rory Sloane, Brodie Smith and former North Broken Hill junior cricketer Taylor Walker.

As the spearhead of the Crows’ bowling attack, Walker has been terrifying batsmen in the Adelaide Turf Twenty20 competition with his right-arm fast deliveries.

In his five games for Prince Alfred Old Collegians, he has taken 12 wickets at an incredible average of 7.5 runs, with best figures of 4/17.

“Tex was the last player picked, mainly because he declared himself as chairman of selectors,” T20 skipper Lynch suggested, tongue firmly in cheek. 

“He will bowl early in the power play and will probably go for plenty of runs, but not enough we can’t chase down.

“He’ll talk a fair bit of smack and play a huge role on the day because he’s the Texan.

“We can’t wait to get out there and take on Port in front of a huge crowd at Adelaide Oval.” 

All funds raised from the Bushfire T20 Showdown go to the SA Bushfire Appeal.

A handful of Adelaide Strikers cricketers will also be available for selection in the Adelaide side.

Adelaide Football Club CEO Andrew Fagan said this will be an event that everyone can support. 

“The bushfires have been devastating for families across South Australia, and we are thinking of those on Kangaroo Island right now who continue to battle blazes which threaten their homes and livelihoods,” Fagan said.

“We hope this event can provide an opportunity for footy and cricket fans to come together as a show of support for those affected as well as raise much-needed funds to support the recovery efforts.  

“It will also provide an opportunity to recognise the CFS and other emergency service personnel who have sacrificed so much and battled bravely to protect people, property, livestock and wildlife over such a prolonged period of time.”

Several organisations including Adelaide Oval, SACA, SANFL and the Adelaide and Port Adelaide footy clubs have been involved in organising the event, which starts at 2:30pm.

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