Gympie cricketers challenge stars
EVERY young cricketer grows up imagining what it would be like to play alongside their idols.
Tomorrow, this dream becomes a reality for a team of young Gympie cricketers heading into battle against the ACA Masters in a titanic Twenty20 tussle.
The match gets under way at Albert Park at 1.30pm tomorrow afternoon following a curtainraiser game between Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast Scorchers.
The game will be no ordinary clash for the team busting at the seams full of Gympie’s brightest talent.
Instead, the players will be pinching themselves as they run on to the manicured Albert Park grass in front of a spirited home crowd, led by skipper Tim McIntosh.
With no benchmark against which to measure the experience, the Twenty20 game is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
McIntosh could not be contacted yesterday but Gympie Cricket Association spokesperson Scott McIntosh, one of the key organisers behind bringing the ACA Masters Tour to Gympie, said the game would be the definitive test of Gympie players’ skills.
Australian legends of the iconic game, who the Gympie players grew up idolising on the television set during many summers, will present themselves as the ultimate challenge.
“It’s a huge occasion and the players are all excited and just ready to get stuck into the match,” Scott said.
“They want to do well and put on a good show in front of their home crowd.”
Originally, two wicket keepers were selected for the Gympie All Stars side (Cameron Quinn and Chris Darrach) but Scott said selectors had narrowed their decision earlier this week.
“Cameron has been selected as the keeper for the Gympie All Stars and he is more than up to the task,” Scott said.
“It will be an incredible feeling to be in Cameron’s shoes, standing behind the wicket for some of Australia’s greatest batsmen.”
Gympie cricket organisers have been keeping a close watch on the weather forecast for the weekend and the outlook appeared promising yesterday.
“Hopefully we get a nice clear day,” Scott said. “They are saying a bit of rain (today) but (tomorrow) should be perfect playing conditions.”
Enjoying the game equally will be the crowd of hundreds tipped to fill the Albert Park grandstand and line the grounds.