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When cricket meets rugby

By Fraser Stewart

The ground where one of the most famous cricketers played.

There was some significance on Saturday when the Rams played Burnside Rugby Club in Adelaide at Kensington Gardens.

The ground was in fact where cricketer Sir Donald Bradman played his club cricket when he made the move from New South Wales to South Australia in 1935.

Bradman is considered one of the greatest batsman of all time with an average of 99.94 and leading the Australian’s to an undefeated 1948 tour of England dubbed as ‘The Invincible’s’.

“I was amazed to go out there, even though I am an Irishmen and realised that I was rolling around in the mud on the wicket where sir Donald Bradman played his cricket,” Burnside Rugby Club president Wally Bell told Moorabbin Rams.

“We get quite a few English fellas coming out here every year and they can’t believe where this was where Bradman played.”

Although the rugby club and the cricket club share the same grounds and the same balcony they don’t share the same club rooms even though they are next to each other.

“We are looking at upgrading the facility to a new clubhouse,” Bell told Moorabbin Rams.

“If we do, as much as the rugby club shares half of it at the minute, it will become the Bradman Pavilion and the home of the Burnside Rugby Club and the Kensington Cricket Club.

“They have so much memorabilia from him, where I think it will become a venue that people would come from overseas to visit.

“We are pretty proud of the oval and its cricket and rugby as it should be.”

Updated 03:52 - 1 Apr 2019 by Fraser Stewart

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