The initiative was part of SACA’s community engagement rounds, introduced this season to recognise the involvement of diverse groups in cricket including individuals from multicultural backgrounds, those with a disability, Aboriginal people and women and girls.
The trophy, named in honour of blind Anangu man Yami Lester who passed away in 2017, featured a rattling cricket ball specifically used for blind cricket, covered in traditional Aboriginal artwork.
The Yami Lester Cup
Lester, who was 75 years old when he died, was a member of the SA blind team in the 1970s, after he lost his sight as a child as a result of a nuclear test bomb in the state’s far north.
He was an avid campaigner for Aboriginal land rights and was instrumental in helping his people take back ownership of the APY Lands and Uluru.
Yami Lester as part of the 1974 SA Blind Cricket team at the National Blind Cricket Carnival.
The idea for the friendly match came from Phil Penn, whose father Malcom was a former President of Blind Cricket SA and a team mate of Lester’s. In conjunction with Lester’s family, it was decided this match would be a fitting way to honour Lester's memory.
University Oval hosted the game, with the Blind Cricket SA team taking home the Cup, for their 15-run win over the Aboriginal community team.
Former AFL footballer Gavin Wanganeen captained the Aboriginal community team, which also included Lester’s daughter Karina.
Ricky Segura, who was the second Aboriginal person to represent Australia in blind cricket, attended the match and was an integral support team member on the day.