On the 8th of November 2022, at just 17 years of age, Archie Gray lost his eleven and a half month courageous battle with brain cancer.
An absolutely outstanding and talented cricketer for Western Suburbs Cricket Club, who described Archie as a "Gun", Archie debuted in second grade at the age of 16, alongside his elder brother, Finn. Archie was an Year 11 student at St Patrick’s College Strathfield, and was a friend to so many within the cricketing community and beyond.
Archie’s last game of cricket was Western Suburbs vs Manly on Pratten Park, Ashfield and because of this the two clubs came together to create a spectacular T20 cricketing event, with a mix of current players and yester-year players (celebrities), to celebrate Archie’s passion for cricket and raise funds for MHF.
Celebrities that joined on the night included Brett Lee, Nathan Lyon, Steve Menzies, Nedd Brockman and Dan Christian just to name a few alongside Archie’s two brothers, Charlie & Finn Gray who played in each team.
A massive thank you to the Gray family, Michael Swan and the Western Suburbs DCC, Dave Gainsford, Jay Lenton and the Manly DCC, all the players, sponsors, families and friends that attended and the whole cricket community for their amazing support of the charity match. An incredible $82,120 was raised for MHF and brain cancer research in Archie’s honour.