Cricket legends to take on local team
THE groundskeepers of the Port Douglas cricket pitch could be forgiven for sweating on the state of the ground less than three months ahead of the biggest game ever to be played on the oval.
Aussie cricket legends Allan Border, Matt Hayden and Ian Healy will take to the field alongside former Queensland captain Jimmy Maher and rugby league/union colossus Wendell Sailor on May 21.
They will face off in a 20/20 match against a Far North Queensland representative team during Carnivale, and will also host a charity golf day at the Sea Temple course and a Sportsman’s dinner.
Proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House and cyclone-affected cricket teams across the far north.
“It’s great to come back the Far North with the Queensland Rail Bulls Masters,” said team captain Jimmy Maher.
“It’s a team chock-full of superstars.
“We’re looking forward to playing a 20/20 game in Port Douglas, but we’re also keen to carry out a cricket clinic at the school in Mossman.”
Mr Maher, who grew up in Cairns, said he would be taking part in his first ever Carnivale.
“I’ve never been before, I don’t know how I’ve managed to miss it all these years, but I hear it’s a whole lot of fun,” he said.
The Bulls Masters team will also feature Michael Kasprowicz, Greg Ritchie, Lee Carseldine, Chris Simpson, Martin Kent and Joe Dawes.