Mas­ter crick­eters Ararat bound

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Andy Bichel, Ju­lia Price and Greg Matthews head­line a list of seven for­mer Aus­tralian play­ers who will de­scend on Ararat for an Aus­tralian Crick­eters As­so­ci­a­tion Masters tour.

Launched in 2008, the ACA Masters pro­gram uses cur­rent and past play­ers to pro­mote and grow the game of cricket.

The tour will visit Ararat’s Alexan­dra Oval for a game of cricket on Feb­ru­ary 23 at 5.15pm.

The 2018 squad an­nounced so far boasts sev­eral tal­ented crick­eters whose Aus­tralian ca­reers spanned four decades.

Bichel played 86 in­ter­na­tion­als for Aus­tralia in a seven-year pe­riod.

He took 58 wick­ets in 19 tests for Aus­tralia and was a val­ued mem­ber of the one-day in­ter­na­tional team.

Bichel starred in Aus­tralia’s 2003 World Cup-win­ning cam­paign, fin­ish­ing the tour­na­ment with 16 wick­ets at 12.31.

A le­gend of the game, Price played more than 90 games as a wicket-keeper and bat­ter for Aus­tralia for the best part of a decade. She was also a mem­ber of Aus­tralia’s World Cup-win­ning cam­paign in 1997, and fin­ished run­ner-up in 2000.

Matthews is one of the great char­ac­ters of the game and one of Aus­tralia’s great­est-ever off spin­ners.

‘Mo’ claimed 118 wick­ets for his coun­try and is the ACA Masters’ all-time lead­ing wicket-taker. Also dan­ger­ous with bat in hand, Matthews av­er­aged an im­pres­sive 41.08 at Test level.

More player an­nounce­ments made in the com­ing weeks. will be

The tour will also in­clude IN2CRICKET coach­ing clin­ics, com­mu­nity vis­its from the play­ers and a sports­man’s func­tion at Alexan­dra Oval Com­mu­nity Cen­tre the night be­fore the game.

Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion all-abil­i­ties mem­bers will play an ex­hi­bi­tion game as a cur­tain raiser, at 4.30pm.

The as­so­ci­a­tion and Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil are sup­port­ing the tour.

The ACA, the of­fi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive body of past and present play­ers, de­vel­oped the masters pro­gram.

Cur­rent first-class and Aus­tralian play­ers have pri­mar­ily funded the pro­gram as part of their com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing the game in re­gional Aus­tralia and en­gag­ing with com­mu­ni­ties.

ACA Masters squad so far: Ju­lia Price, rep­re­sented Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia and Queens­land, 129 do­mes­tic matches, 94 in­ter­na­tional matches; Brett Geeves, Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia, 127, 3; Greg Matthews, Aus­tralia and NSW, 312, 92; Julien Wiener, Aus­tralia, Vic­to­ria, 93, 13; Pe­ter Sleep, Aus­tralia, South Aus­tralia, 208, 14; Andy Bichel, Aus­tralia, Queens­land, 450, 86; Mark Cos­grove, Aus­tralia, South Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia, Syd­ney Six­ers, 452, 3.

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