Lehmann set for Gympie
GYMPIE cricketers can rub shoulders with Australian hero Darren Lehmann when the Australian Cricket Association (ACA) Masters Tour steams into town early November.
Last week, ACA officials met with the Gympie Cricket Association and Gympie Regional Council to finalise planning.
Gympie Cricket Association treasurer Scott McIntosh was excited about the opportunity.
“It’s without a doubt the biggest thing to happen for Gympie cricket in the time I have been involved with the club,” he said.
The ACA Masters Tour will arrive in Gympie on Saturday, November 7 with a whole swag of former Australian and state players.
McIntosh said a rough list of the players attending had been sketched out but was coy about revealing too much.
“The players coming are really accomplished and respected in their careers and some are not long retired,” he said.
The Gympie Times revealed last week Michael Kasprowicz was listed as one of the cricket legends visiting Gympie. To give Gympie cricket fans another glimpse at the team list, the animated Lehmann is down to take part.
The cricket greats will arrive in Gympie after wrapping up a visit to Bundaberg and once settled, a selection of the players will attend the Sportsman’s Dinner that night, at a venue yet to be determined.
McIntosh said the dinner would involve guest speaking from the players along with an auction and raffles.
The jewel in the visit’s crown comes the following day, when Albert Park hosts a Twenty20 match between the visiting cricket stars and a Gympie representative team.
The team is expected to consist mainly of players from Gympie’s rep team, which won the Wide Bay Goodchild Shield last season.
McIntosh said a squad of 20 players would be selected before being whittled down to the final team.
Gympie primary schools will also be able to get in on the act, with the ACA to issue invitations for coaching sessions at Albert Park.