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.’’
Board members recall how they helped start Waratah Lodge, a retirement home that has lasted 25 years.
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
MORE than 130 camp oven enthusiasts turned up to the Torrumbarry Hotel for its annual camp oven cook off.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
About 7600 residents served by Goulburn Valley Water are affected by a boil-water advisory.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
Scores of local farmers and concerned community groups will travel to Barham today to protest the Murray Darling Basin Plan in front of key Senators and Members of Parliament.
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
The second Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Charity Ball came to town on the weekend, and was bigger and better than ever.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The second annual National Herd Development Victorian Winter Fair was in action at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre last Wednesday and Thursday.
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