For­mer Aussie crick­eters descend on Ba­rooga this month

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Pa­trick Tansey

Three more play­ers have been con­firmed for the Aus­tralian Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion Mas­ters tour of Co­bram-Ba­rooga on Oc­to­ber 25 and 26.

For­mer Aus­tralian wick­et­keep­ers Wayne Phillips and Ju­lia Price will at­tend, along­side Tal­ly­ga­roopna 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 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 was on con­tract with Vic­to­ria for three sea­sons, be­fore ply­ing his trade in the United King­dom for the past two win­ters; and is fresh off win­ning the divi­sion two county cham­pi­onship.

ACA mem­ber pro­grams gen­eral man­ager Clea Smith said it and the Ho­bart 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 Co­bramBa­rooga,’’ 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, Oc­to­ber 26, at Ba­rooga Recre­ation Re­serve from 6 pm.

En­ter­ing its 11th 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 tour in­cludes a $1000 schol­ar­ship to a ta­lented young player from the area, which in­cludes a chance to re­ceive men­tor­ing from one of the Mas­ters play­ers fol­low­ing the tour.

The tour will also in­clude a night with the Mas­ters at Co­bram Top Pub on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25, from 7.30 pm.

More play­ers from this year’s tour are set to be an­nounced.

The ACA Mas­ters is sup­ported by Co­bram-Ba­rooga Busi­ness and Tourism, Moira Shire Coun­cil, Ber­ri­gan Shire and the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

Con­firmed play­ers are Alex Black­well, John Hast­ings, Wayne Phillips, Ju­lia Price and Ryan Side­bot­tom.

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