Former Australian cricket greats will lock horns with a Cricket Shepparton team at Deakin Reserve next month.PATRICK O'MEARA January 1, 2013 4:15am
Former Australian cricket greats will lock horns with a Cricket Shepparton team at Deakin Reserve next month.
The Australian Cricketers’ Association has selected Shepparton as the venue for one of its regional tours.
A squad of Australian international and domestic players will form a team to play a Cricket Shepparton side on Friday, February 22.
The match will be a Twenty20 clash and will be played under lights.
They will arrive in Shepparton a day earlier, with a function to be scheduled on the Thursday night.
The tours also include community initiatives and coaching clinics for juniors.
Cricket Shepparton president David D’Elia said the date had been locked in during a meeting with ACA and City of Greater Shepparton officials last month, but the finer details were still to be determined.
‘‘We had the initial discussion prior to Christmas, where we have locked down the date, and now it is a matter of getting all the other things organised,’’ D’Elia said.
‘‘The ACA will go away now and get the players locked in for it and we would expect to meet with them and know a little bit more by the middle of January.’’
Among the former Australian stars that have featured in previous tours are Darren Lehmann, Greg Blewett, Tom Moody, Brad Hogg, Jason Gillespie, Andy Bichel, Jimmy Maher, Kyabram-raised Matthew Elliott, Michael Kasprowicz, Greg Matthews and Rodney Hogg.
The ACA Masters visited Shepparton in 2009, playing under lights at Deakin Reserve, with the home side prevailing.
The Masters knocked 8-117, before Cricket Shepparton finished 4-120 with 15 balls to spare.
The Masters also visited Rochester last year, for an event dubbed ‘‘Water to Wickets’’, raising money for the flood-affected community.
D’Elia said how Cricket Shepparton would select its side was still to be discussed, with its representative squad to be unavailable due to Melbourne Country Week commitments.
The Friday will be the final day of the representative carnival.
He said the association was pleased the Masters had chosen to return to Shepparton.
‘‘We are very happy,’’ he said.
‘‘We had them here a few years back now, but they were very happy with us then and it is really a compliment to to council and Central Park-St Brendan’s that the facilities and the lights impressed them so much last time.
‘‘The lights were a big draw card, they rarely get to play under lights of such quality.’’
A man suffered serious burns to his face and chest after a butane can explosion caused a fire at a Shepparton house yesterday.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Murray Shire councillor Geoff Mackenzie apologised to councillors at a Murray Shire Council meeting on Tuesday about any offence caused by comments he made in November.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Heathcote's Union Hotel is continuing its record of fundraising for the Royal Children's Hospital.
Moira Shire Council's new chief executive says he will 'establish a standard of behaviour' as part of an overhaul of the organisation.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Benalla mother Denise Cooke will hold an Anzac Day tennis event to raise funds for the Cambodian orphanages from where she adopted her children.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.