Big day for cricket leg­end Crowe

Auckland City Harbour News - - CLASSIFIED -

It was a hell of a week­end for New Zealand crick­et­ing great Martin Crowe.

Not only did the star of the 1992 World Cup team wit­ness an his­toric win over Australia on Satur­day, he was also in­ducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

A day ear­lier Crowe took part in the Corn­wall Cricket Club’s 60th an­niver­sary match, scor­ing a cool 25 runs as he led his team to a tworun victory.

Crowe was play­ing for a Pres­i­dents XI se­lected by fel­low leg­end Mark Great­batch.

The team in­cluded Dion Nash, Craig Spear­man and Mur­phy Su’a as they took on the 1994 Corn­wall premiers.

‘‘I’m go­ing to treat this as my last out­ing on the old ground,’’ Crowe said be­fore his knock.

Crowe, who is bat­tling the ter­mi­nal blood dis­ease dou­ble-hit lym­phoma, re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion as he walked out to bat at Corn­wall Park. The innings, Crowe says, was a spe­cial chance to play at the venue where his fa­ther’s ashes were laid. De­spite a small rain de­lay the day was a suc­cess and in­cluded a bouncy cas­tle, face paint­ing and a skills clinic for the kids.

Two cap­tains: Mark Great­batch and Corn­wall’s Char­lie Ewart shake hands be­fore the Corn­wall 60th Ju­bilee Match.

The lads: A gath­er­ing of cricket leg­ends.

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