Master blasters in town
FORMER Queensland and Australian Test cricketer Martin Kent will return to where it all began with the Queensland Rail Bulls Masters match in Port Douglas on Saturday.
Kent was born in Mossman in 1953 and played his first game of cricket in the backyard but moved to Monto in Central Queensland at the age of four.
He scored 140 for Queensland in 1974-75 in his debut season before being selected by Kerry Packer to appear in his World Series Cricket side.
Mr Kent said he was looking forward to getting back to the tropics.
“I always love my time in Port Douglas and Mossman,” he said.
“I remember the cane trains and swimming holes from my childhood and this is a great time of year to be back.”
Kent will be joined in the Bulls Masters line-up by Australian cricketing legends Allan Border, Ian Healy, Jeff Thomson, Jimmy Maher, Michael Kasprowicz and Greg Ritchie as well as South African maestro Graeme Hick and Queensland Sheffield Shield hero Chris Hartley.
Former US PGA winner Wayne Grady is also joining the tour which includes a sportsman’s dinner in Cairns tonight and coaching clinics in Cairns and the Douglas region.
The Bulls Masters will take on an FNQ Invitational XI in a Twenty20 fixture at the Port Douglas Sports Complex on Saturday, with an Indigenous XI up against the Cricket Far North Under-19 side squaring off from 9.30am.
The Queensland Bulls Masters will host a free kids coaching clinic at the grounds from 12.30-1pm.
Gates open from 8.30am and tickets cost just $10 for adults.