Mas­ter blasters in town

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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