Play­ers re­unite for fes­ti­val game

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Alexan­dra is to be­come the back­drop for a re­u­nion of former Black Caps play­ers when they take to the pitch at Molyneux Park on Sun­day as part of a Fes­ti­val Day of Cricket. Former New Zealand pace bowler and event or­gan­iser Shayne O’Connor said a youth coach­ing clinic, with former pro­fes­sional play­ers on hand to coach, will be held as part of the fes­ti­val, fol­lowed by a Twenty20 match. The Twenty20 match will in­clude a starstud­ded lineup, with a New Zealand Cricket Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Masters team tak­ing on a Otago Coun­try Se­lect XI team. ‘‘The aim of the game is really just to try and pro­mote cricket in the area and at Molyneux Park. ‘‘The long-term hope is to re­turn the stan­dard of the fa­cil­ity to first class level with the view to host­ing Otago Volts matches again,’’ Mr O’Connor said. Those tak­ing part in the fes­ti­val can test bowl against Ewen Chat­field. Pro­ceeds from the event will go to­wards Otago Coun­try ju­nior cricket.

Bats­man: Scott Styris in ac­tion dur­ing the 2013 HRV Cup.

Or­gan­iser: Former Black Cap Shayne O’Connor.

NZ player: Former Black Cap turned coach Mark Great­batch.

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