Schoolboys going into bat for Telethon in 24-hour cricket challenge


Lachlan MacKenzie, Alex Xiao, Nic Veletta and Lachlan Farrow get in some practice before their 24-hour batting challenge.
Lachlan MacKenzie, Alex Xiao, Nic Veletta and Lachlan Farrow get in some practice before their 24-hour batting challenge.

FOUR schoolboys are padding up for a 24-hour batting challenge supporting children’s charity Telethon.

Lachlan MacKenzie, Alex Xiao, Nic Veletta and Lachlan Farrow will face their first delivery on Sunday, September 26, and then bat through the night against the ProBatter bowling machine at Southern Cricket in Leeming.

Headed up by Lachlan MacKenzie, who is participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the foursome is aiming to raise $5000 through the event.

“Three of us go to Wesley College and the school has a real focus on giving back to the community so we thought doing something like this would be a good idea,” he said.

“The four of us are batting for 24 hours combined, so we rotate every hour and each person bats for a total of six hours.

“We’ll probably set the bowling machine at around 100-110km/h to start with but that’ll probably slow down as we get tired.”

In the lead-up to the event, Southern Cricket is also hosting a six-ball batting challenge that has already attracted some high-profile hopefuls.

Justin Langer, Michael Hussey, Cameron Bancroft and Glen Jakovich all paid $20 to have a crack at scoring as many runs as possible off six deliveries.

Anybody interested in taking on the six-ball challenge can visit www.southerncricket.net while donations to Lachlan and his mates can be made at https://tcfr2015.everydayhero.|com/au/lachlan.