JOHN HASTINGS & ALEX BLACKWELL TO HEADLINE ACA MASTERS TEAM TO TAKE ON MURRAY VALLEY REPRESENTATIVE XI IN T20
A host of former and current day domestic Australian cricketers will travel to Cobram Barooga from 25-26 October as part of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) Masters tour.
The players will take on a representative team of local cricketers in an action-packed Twenty20 game under lights on Friday 26 October at Barooga Recreation Reserve.
Headlining the ACA team will be current Big Bash and former Australian players John Hastings and Alex Blackwell.
Blackwell, Australia's most capped female player with 251 matches, is a T20 World Cup Captain and currently plays with the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL.
John Hastings, also with the Sydney Thunder, has represented Australia in all formats and has had a decorated state career with Victoria over the last decade.
Former Australian wicketkeepers Wayne Phillips and Julia Price will attend, alongside Victorian and current Warwickshire fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom.
Price represented Australia 94 times between 1996 and 2005, and has more recently been the coach of Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes.
Phillips famously scored 159 on Test debut for Australia, before going on to represent Australia in 27 Tests and 48 One Day Internationals.
Sidebottom, from Tallygaroopna near Shepparton, was on contract with Victoria for three seasons, before plying his trade in the UK for the last two winters; and is fresh off winning the Division 2 County Championship.
ACA General Manager Member Programs Clea Smith said it would be wonderful to have a local on the tour, as well as the Australian experience of Phillips and Price.
“To have a player who is still playing around the world, and is a local, should be very exciting for everyone from Cobram Barooga,” Smith said.
“When you add the outstanding Australian experience of Julia Price and Wayne Phillips, this Masters tour promises to be extremely enjoyable for everyone in the local area.”
The players will take on a representative team of local cricketers in an action-packed Twenty20 game under lights on Friday 26 October at Barooga Recreation Reserve at 6pm.
Entering its eleventh year, the Masters program has been developed by the ACA, the official representative body of past and present elite cricketers, with a focus on the promotion of cricket. The program brings communities together to raise funds for local cricket associations and identify local talent.
Current first-class and Australian players are committed to funding and developing the game in regional Australia and engaging at grassroots level.
More players from this year’s tour are set to be announced in the coming weeks.
The tour includes awarding a $1000 scholarship to a talented young player from the area, which includes the unique opportunity to receive mentoring from one of the Masters players following the tour.
Smith said awarding the scholarship was “an important legacy that the ACA Masters will leave the local area.”
“The opportunity to receive mentoring from one of our Masters, is a unique opportunity for a young player to help develop their cricket career.”
The tour will also include an evening with the ACA Masters, held at the Cobram Top Pub on Thursday 25th from 730pm.
The ACA Masters is supported by the Cobram Barooga Business and Tourism, Moira Shire Council, Berrigan Shire and the Murray Valley Cricket Association.