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Cricket: Twenty20 in time warp at Hands Oval
Merv Hughes signs for a fan

Hands Oval and the hundreds of cricketing enthusiasts inside its gates were caught in a time warp at the weekend as stars from a bygone era shone again.

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Household names like Tom Moody, Merv Hughes, Terry Alderman and Brad Hogg took centre stage in Bunbury on Sunday, enjoying some of the festivities surrounding the Australian Country Cricket Championships to play for the ACA Masters XI in a feature Twenty20 match against the Australian Country XI.

The scoreboard seemed to fade into the background as people turned their attention to watching Hughes roll his arm over, Hogg turn back the clock five years with a well-compiled 47 or even Queenslander Tom Frankling smash the ball out of the park for the Country XI.

The spirit of country cricket was alive and well on the afternoon and perhaps best expressed by Hogg, who was raised in Williams and became an international star, particular impact in the one-day arena for Australia.

``It's about putting back into country cricket,'' he said.

``It's good to get down here and play against the Australian Country XI who deserve recognition.

``They toil away in the bush, and things are getting tougher in the country, so it's good to see that they enjoy themselves in this environment.''

Hogg, who has fond memories of playing in Country Week competitions for WA, joked of his rivalry with the captain of the Australian Country XI, Williams all-rounder Rod Ford – his second cousin.

``There was a little bit of banter out there,'' Hogg said.

``It was why I had to leave Williams.''

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