Boundaries 4 Bushfires: Xavier Ellis has last laugh over Luke Shuey as WA athletes and media personalities raise more than $40,000 for bushfire appeal

Boundaries 4 Bushfires: Xavier Ellis has last laugh over Luke Shuey as WA athletes and media personalities raise more than $40,000 for bushfire appeal

The best of Western Australia’s cross-code elite athletes and media personalities have raised more than $40,000 for the bushfire relief fund through Greg Hire’s Boundaries 4 Bushfires T20 Charity cricket match.

Team red and team blue, coached by Scorchers pacemen Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye respectively, went head-to-head at the WACA on Friday night to show WA’s support towards those affected by the devastating bushfires.

Among the top-tier talent was West Coast Eagles captain Luke Shuey, West Coast Fever captain Courtney Bruce, former Test bowler Mitchell Johnson, retired Docker Des Headland and more.

The remaining members of the teams were made up by Perth’s best media talent, including Nova 93.7’s Nathan Morris, 94.5’s Dean Clairs, Channel 7’s Anna Hay and Channel 10’s Tim Gossage.

More than 3,000 fans turned out to see the spectacle, with Premier Mark McGowan opening the batting for team red alongside Morris.

“The batting went well, the batting went better than expected,” Morris said after the match.

“I had Mark McGowan as a partner and Mark did most of the batting.

“I was scared about facing Andrew Tye, Mitchell Johnson, Brad Hogg, or Jason Behrendorff, but anything else I thought that I could handle.

“But then I realised when I was playing, I couldn’t handle anyone,” he laughed.

Close friends and former West Coast teammates Xavier Ellis and Luke Shuey had their own rivalry going, with the radio host claiming bragging rights over the current Eagles’ captain.

Shuey was dismissed for a second-ball duck and Ellis didn’t hesitate to let him know about it.

“I told him in the car ‘I’m going to bowl it nice and slow on the stumps, you’ll lift your head and I’m going to take middle peg’, Xavier said after the match.

“I scripted it a little bit wrong, it was second ball not first ball so the plan went perfectly.

“I thought we had an agreement we were going to bowl spin at each other,” he laughed.

“He came in probably off about 20 steps probably bowling about 135km/hr I’d say and just put it in the slot. I think it went in the Lillee Marsh Stand ten rows back.”

The fun-filled rivalry could be a platform for many more events like it, Morris said.

“It’s been absolutely brilliant. I didn’t think we’d get this many people out here and I think we put in place a really great foundation for us to roll this out for other really important causes,” he said.

Ellis commended retired Wildcat Greg Hire for organising the event with such a diverse range of backgrounds and cricketing ability.

“I think it was just really good he had a really mixed level of cricket ability,” Ellis said.

“He had the stars who’ve played for Australia and then you have guys like me who love watching it.

“Just to be able to get out there and blend in, I think everyone had a great night.”

While Tye’s blue team came out as winners, the most important part of the evening was the significant total reached to donate to the bushfire relief fund.