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Cricket chips in for tsunami relief

11/01/2005 05:36:20 AM Comments (0)

World cricket made more than $14 million in one match with the promise of more to come as its Asian tsunami relief effort extends to a second game next month.

The cream of the world's cricketers gathered in Melbourne for an historic one-day charity match, with Australian Ricky Ponting spearheading the Rest of the World XI to victory over an Asian XI by 112 runs.

But the most important figure was $14.6 million - the amount of the cheque handed over to aid agency World Vision to help Asia's tsunami victims at the conclusion of an ambitious fund-raiser which exceeded all expectations.

"I had read $5 million (as the amount likely to be raised) and if we had got $6 million we'd have done well - I'm absolutely blown away," World Vision chief executive Reverend Tim Costello said.

"I can only say that most Australians have given not only once, but twice or three times."

Sports fans and corporate Australia continued a three-day giving spree which carried on from more than $20 million raised from the Australia Unites concert and telethon on Saturday night.

Nine Network supremo Kerry Packer chipped in $3 million and beer giant Foster's $1 million as a telethon held in conjunction with the cricket raised around $9 million.

And in front of a crowd of more than 70,000, Rest of the World skipper Ricky Ponting chipped in with a sparkling century which alone raised $265,000.

With phone company 3 Mobile pledging $1,000 per run scored and car maker Toyota donating $50,000 per six, Ponting won't play a more vital captain's knock than his 115 featuring eight fours and three sixes in his side's 8-344 off its 50 overs.

There was no such charity for the Asian XI, who were belted around the park by Ponting and New Zealander Chris Cairns, who made a memorable 69 off 47 balls.

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