On Wednesday, Fitzy & Wippa with Kate Ritchie’s Backyard Cricket returned to Kirribilli House. Attending the game were VIPs and special guests participating in the charity match, showing support for both Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney (RMHCS) and Batyr Australia.
While Wippa took the mic in the commentary booth alongside Kayo Sports ambassador Brendon Julian, it was Team Fitzy against Team Kate this year.
Fitzy’s team consisted of Amy Shark, Nedd Brockmann, Richard Wilkins, Damien Cook, Dr Andrew Rochford, Cameron Merchant, Matt De Groot, Fitzy’s son Hewie and listener Josh.
Team Kate included Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Brett Lee, Lleyton Hewitt, Ray Meagher, Premier Chris Minns, Cortnee Vine, Matt Shirvington, Mark Ferguson and listener Riley.
Fitzy’s team was up first to bat after winning the deciding coin toss, with Cam Merchant first up to the crease, hitting a 6 off the first ball straight into the harbour. There were a few critical catches missed – PM Albanese dropped a ball hit by the Rabbitohs’ Damien Cook and Shirvington missed a massive catch in the outfield, jumping over the outdoor furniture in the process.
While a secret training session with cricketer Alyssa Healy earlier in the week may have helped her confidence, Kate Ritchie was quickly out for an LBW, as was Brett Lee later in the game.
Despite some lenient judgements from returning umpire Bruce, it was Team Fitzy that took the win with 89 runs to Team Kate’s 69. Smooth FM’s Richard Wilkins was awarded player of the game.
Both Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney and Batyr Australia were presented with $10,000 each from the Fitzy & Wippa with Kate Ritchie team following the game.