Cricket greats head­ing to Corn­wall

Central Leader - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

For 60 years the One Tree Hill obelisk has been keep­ing a watch­ful eye on the Corn­wall Cricket Ground.

Nes­tled in the val­ley which was for­merly an olive grove, a num­ber of wickets and an im­pres­sive pav­il­ion take pride of place in the field that Corn­wall Cricket Club calls home.

One of the largest and old­est clubs in the coun­try, Corn­wall has bred some of New Zealand’s great­est crick­eters in­clud­ing Gra­ham Vi­vian, Jeff and Martin Crowe and the cur­rent club pres­i­dent Mark Great­batch.

‘‘I was in long white socks and short white shorts when I first played for Corn­wall, I would have been about 6,’’ Great­batch says.

He has fond mem­o­ries of the club where he played 60 innings scor­ing 2212 runs be­tween 1981-86.

‘‘It is such a

beau­ti­ful park, turn­ing up to play cricket in those early days and get­ting a pie and a fizzy drink af­ter the game was just great as a young lad.

‘‘When I got a bit older Martin Crowe and I met each other there and we played to­gether when his fa­ther Dave was coach­ing.’’

Some of those greats are re­turn­ing to the park this Fri­day for a one-off twenty20 match be­tween a Pres­i­dents XI and the 1994/95 cham­pi­onship win­ning Corn­wall side to mark the 60 years.

‘‘We are en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to come down and watch,’’ Great­batch says.

‘‘It will be a fun day and a great way to start a big week­end be­fore the Black Caps play Aussie.’’

There will be en­ter­tain­ment for the kids, food and a spe­cial game.

David Storer, a mem­ber of the win­ning 1994 side is look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a hit with his old mates.

‘‘Meet­ing up with the peo­ple I used to play cricket with will be a lot of fun.’’

Win­ning the 1994 cham­pi­onship was a high­light of Storer’s cricket ca­reer.

‘‘We were a bunch

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of un­knowns and we took out,’’ Storer says.

‘‘We had some good crick­eters, bet­ter ones than me, but to win the cham­pi­onship was great.’’

Corn­wall Cricket Club has a dec­o­rated his­tory and now boasts 17 se­nior men’s teams in­clud­ing one women’s team and al­most 100 ju­nior teams.

‘‘It’s a great vi­brant club with lots of young kids run­ning around,’’ Great­batch says.

Great­batch is now in­volved with coach­ing a small group at the club along with a men­tor of his and club stal­wart Rex Smith.

‘‘The 1994 cham­pi­onship win be­gan one of the finest eras of the Corn­wall Cricket Club,’’ Smith says.

‘‘This match is de­signed to recog­nise that team and their achieve­ments.’’

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Pad­ding up: Dean Askew, Adrian Dale, David Storer and Mar­tyn Sigley are look­ing for­ward to the com­mem­o­ra­tive match at Corn­wall Cricket Club.

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