The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) Masters hit The Moira Shire on Saturday 21 November, bringing some of the legends of the game to the region and awarding a $1,000 bursary to a talented young player.
The scholarship will be awarded following the Twenty20 match between the ACA Masters and the Moira Shire Invitational XI on Sunday 22 November at Stan Hargreaves Oval.
The scholarship winner will also have the unique opportunity to receive mentoring from one of the Masters players.
Four up-and-coming players from the Moira Shire Invitational XI will vie for the ACA Masters Youth Scholarship. Jim Irvine from Yarrawonga-Mulwala CC, Brock McCabe from Yarrawonga-Mulwala CC, Matt Casey from Yarrawonga-Mulwala CC and Bailey Bell from Nathalia will all be looking to impress the former cricket greats.
Jim Irvine is a talented left-arm fast-bowler and developing batsman. This season, Jim broke into the A-Grade side after impressing at B-Grade and junior representative level. He’s likely to give the ACA batsmen the hurry-up.
Brock McCabe is an accomplished batsman and leg-spinner. This 15-year-old is going places and has enjoyed an accomplished career at junior level so far. This season, his improvement with the bat and ball (at A-Grade level) has been so dramatic that it prompted his Moira Shire skipper Matt Knight to label him his favourite cricketer of all-time.
Matt Casey is a seriously good top-order batsmen and developing off-spin bowler. Last year he won the A-Grade batting average in just his first season in the firsts. His debut year in A-Grade was highlighted by a magnificent 132 against one of the most fearsome bowling attacks in the competition.
Bailey Bell is an attacking young batsman who secured a spot in the side after making a century on debut in the opening round of the season. The multi-talented Bell can also bowl leg-spin and take the gloves when needed. This all-rounder has a bright cricket future ahead of him.
The Tour is supported by the Moira Shire and Sun Country on the Murray.
This is the Masters’ eighth year of touring regional Australia and an important part of the program is to recognise exceptional young talent (15-18 years of age) through the ACA Masters scholarship.
ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson said the scholarship is a $1,000 bursary to help meet the coaching, travel or other cricketing expenses of the recipient for the year.
“As well as the financial assistance, we recognise that these young players also need positive role models and who better than a former elite player to give them guidance and a sounding board,” he said.
“We are on the lookout for players with the talent and desire to play high level cricket. Many of our current and former Australian players have come from regional parts of Australia, so this is a very important part of the tour program.”
There will be numerous opportunities to meet the players at events around the town with a Sportsman’s Night being held on the Saturday evening before the game at Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club. Tickets are $30 per head and gets underway at 7.00pm. SMS 0427 011 900 for tickets.