Young Guns claim Greg Laughton Trophy on Saturday

(Left to right)  Regan Laughton (Greg's daughter), Mitch Quinn, captain of the Young Guns with the Greg Laughton trophy, Kerry Laughton and Ivy Worboys (Greg's wife and granddaughter), and Andrew Clarke, captain of the Old Dogs. Photo: Andrew McLean

(Left to right) Regan Laughton (Greg's daughter), Mitch Quinn, captain of the Young Guns with the Greg Laughton trophy, Kerry Laughton and Ivy Worboys (Greg's wife and granddaughter), and Andrew Clarke, captain of the Old Dogs. Photo: Andrew McLean

The Murrumbateman Old Dogs versus Young Guns match took place on Saturday, to raise money for youth sport in the small town. 

It was a relaxed competition, with the score only loosely followed by umpires and spectators alike, who were more eager to see if the stalwarts could stave off the up-and-coming talent.

It was a fine day in Murrumbateman, and fortuitous too, as it had rained for much of Friday, and continued to do so on Sunday. 

But on Saturday the sun was out in force, and so was the beer. The Old Dogs enjoyed their refreshments – often while fielding the ball with their free hand – while the Young Guns thrashed away with ball and bat. 

The Old Dogs batted first, raking up a total of 115 from their twenty overs, which were delegated into five four-over-long batting pairs. 

The Young Guns were more proactive in their batsmanship, and gunned down the total with overs to spare, although they batted out the innings despite having already won the Greg Laughton Trophy

However, according to event organiser Andrew McLean, the match wasn’t about the scorecard. 

“Doesn’t really matter at the end of the day, who wins and who loses,” McLean said. 

“We try and get them [the young children] encouraged in sport, bit motivated. It’s good fun.”