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Campus News : December 2010
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News December 2010 5 STUMPING SERIOUS DISEASES Medical research the winner in cricket weekend University cricketer Richard Sykes was the unlikely hero when he scrambled two runs off the last ball of the innings by former Test fast bowler Glenn McGrath to force a tie in the Stumping Serious Diseases Twenty20 celebrity cricket match at the University of Wollongong in October. Sykes' two runs took former England captain Adam Hollioake's Town XI to 9-141 off their 20 overs, matching the total that Adam Gilchrist's Gown XI had made in their innings -- meaning the two teams shared the Kerryn McCann Trophy. But the real winner from the weekend was health and medical research. UOW organised the match as part of its second annual Stumping Serious Diseases weekend to raise funds to support its health and medical research programs, and to generate awareness of the work its researchers are doing. Media partner WIN Television showed a one-hour highlights package on its stations across regional Australia immediately before an Australia-Sri Lanka One- day International, giving UOW and its medical research programs invaluable national exposure. Pro Vice- Chancellor (Health) Professor Don Iverson was featured on the telecast, talking about some of the University's key medical research strengths. Gilchrist, McGrath and Hollioake were joined for the match by former Australian internationals Andy Bichel, Wayne Holdsworth and Greg Campbell, England's Robin Smith and New Zealander Scott Styris, as well as Australian women's representatives Melanie Jones, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Julia Price. The celebrity players included Wollongong Hawks Mat Campbell and Glen Saville, surfer Michael Lowe, Dragons forward Jon Green, rugby league legend Steve Mortimer, and rock stars Tim Farriss (INXS) and Mark Callaghan (GANGgajang). Uni pace bowler Sykes was a last-minute call-up to the Town team, after TV personality Gus Worland was a late withdrawal. Gilchrist opened the innings for the Gown team with his older brother Glenn, a UOW Physical Education graduate from 1992. Adam (15) and Glenn (13) were followed by Kiwi all-rounder Styris, whose hard-hitting 63 was the highest innings of the day. Former Wiggle Greg Page upstaged his more illustrious team-mates in the Town XI, taking a hat-trick off the last three balls of the innings to dismiss McGrath (7), Green and Perry. Smith (37) and Bichel (36) dominated the Town XI innings, with Bichel particularly savage on Gilchrist's only over -- hitting his former Australian team-mate for two sixes and 22 runs. Gilchrist got revenge of sorts on Bichel when Holdsworth pulled off a magnificent diving catch in the outfield off Gilchrist's bowling to end his innings. Callaghan was the surprise of the Gown XI attack, taking two wickets in one over including a sharp caught and bowled to dismiss Smith. After the match, Gilchrist joked that his decision to take off the wicket-keeping gloves and bowl an over to Bichel had been a "master-stroke" that brought the Town XI right back into the game. "But in the end a tie was a great result, between two very evenly matched teams," he said. The Stumping Serious Diseases activities ended with a gala fundraising dinner at the University Hall, where Gilchrist and McGrath entertained guests with stories from their days touring with Australian cricket teams and Callaghan and his GANGgajang bandmates played as guests danced the night away. The Stumping Serious Diseases events received strong corporate support, with Baulderstone the major sponsor, followed by MphasiS, Hooker Cockram, Daley and Co Accountants and Internetrix and a large number of supporting sponsors. NH Above: Former England international Robin Smith on his way to a hard-hitting 37 for the Town XI in the Stumping Serious Diseases match. Far left: Captains Adam Hollioake (Town XI) and Adam Gilchrist (Gown XI) shared the Kerryn McCann Trophy after the second annual UOW Stumping Serious Diseases match ended in a tie. Left: All-time great fast bowler Glenn McGrath (left) with UOW cricketer Richard Sykes, who scrambled two runs off McGrath's final ball of the match to force a tie in the Stumping Serious Disease match.