Master cricketers Ararat bound
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.
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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.