Cricket stars ready to hit Gympie
GYMPIE will be a magnet next month for a star-studded selection of Australia’s greatest cricket players when the Australian Cricketers’ Association Masters Tour swings into town.
Plans of the tour were announced earlier this year but details are now being set in concrete.
Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) communications manager Eivion Bowen was looking forward to the tour, due to take place in Gympie between November 6-8.
“Some of the biggest names in Australian cricket will be touring Gympie,” he said.
“Players such as Darren Lehmann, Greg Blewett, Andy Bichel and Michael Kaspowicz will be joined by a host of other former Australian cricketers on the tour.”
A highlight of the tour will be a Twenty20 match between the ACA Masters and a Gympie representative team on Sunday, November 7 at Albert Park.
Never before has Gympie cricket hosted such a long list of big names.
Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said scouts were busy at work keeping a close eye on the young talent within the club in preparation of selecting a team.
Bowen said a priority of the Twenty20 match was to make it as entertaining as possible.
“A priority for the Masters is to make the Twenty20 game entertaining with big hits and lots of action,” he said.
Entry for Adults to the game will be $5 while children under 16 are free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the ground on the day.
In addition to the Twenty20 match, a list of other activities includes:
A Sportsman’s Night run by the Gympie Cricket Association at a venue yet to be confirmed;
Coaching clinics with primary school children on Monday, November 8 at Albert Park as part of the ACA Masters Milo In2Cricket program;
The awarding of a scholarship to the value of $1000 to a rising young local player.