All Stars team announced
CRICKETER Tim McIntosh will draw on all of his experience to lead a Gympie All Stars side into battle against a team of former Australian cricket legends.
McIntosh, who also holds the captaincy of the Gympie Offroad Gold XI cricket team, will captain the Gympie side in a Twenty20 match against the Australian Cricketers’ Association Masters Tour team early next month.
It will be the biggest game McIntosh has ever been involved in, to be played before an eager home crowd at Albert Park on November 7.
McIntosh could not be contacted yesterday but Gympie Cricket Association’s Scott McIntosh, one of the chief organisers ahead of the ACA Masters Tour, revealed the Gympie team’s selection.
Scott said Tim’s experience would be invaluable to the Gympie side.
“We have a really strong team and are happy with how the selection process ended,” he said.
“Unfortunately, four players who could have easily made selection had to miss out because, in the end, we had to make a decision.”
Scott believed the Gympie team’s strength lay in its diversity.
“The side is very much an allround one with good batting, bowling and fielding, so all bases are covered,” he said.
Two wicket keepers have been named in the side at this point (Gold keeper Cameron Quinn and Gympie under-19 keeper Chris Darrach) but only one will make the final cut.
“This is up in the air right now but a decision will have to be made closer to the game,” Scott said.
Adding plenty of firepower to the Gympie All Stars team are Sunshine Coast Scorchers representatives Josh Brady, Lewis Waugh and Kaden Dickfos.
The trio rose through the ranks playing junior cricket in Gympie before graduating from the Gympie Gold to play for the Sunshine Coast top side.
Meanwhile, the youngest players for the Gympie All Stars team are Brendan Mahaffey and Tom White. Both players have also been nominated to be in the running for an ACA Scholarship, to be announced following the big game.
The Twenty20 blockbuster will be played at Albert Park on November 7 at 1.30pm. Earlier, a curtain raiser will see Wide Bay play the Sunshine Coast Scorchers at 9am. Cost of admission is $5 for adults while children under 16 enter free.
The ACA Masters Tour is a major event for Gympie and an opportunity for cricket players and fans alike to rub shoulders with their heroes.
See The Gympie Times this Saturday for a special feature marking the occasion.
Gympie All Stars: Tim McIntosh (C), Steve Brady, Brendan Mahaffey, Josh Brady, Lewis Waugh, Kaden Dickfos, Thom White, Chris Darrach, Travis Chandler, Troy Ashton, Cameron Quinn and Brandan Sauer.
ACA Masters team: Andy Bichel, Greg Blewett, Greg Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Rodney Hogg, Michael Kasprowicz, Darren Lehmann, Jimmy Maher, Greg Matthews, Tom Moody and Greg Ritchie.