Cricket visit turns back the clock

BEFORE the considerable dust has barely had time to settle from the Lismore Festival of Cricket, sports fans will get the opportunity to meet a team of former Australian cricket representatives when they hit town next week.

The Australian Cricketers’ Association line-up includes Michael Bevan, Andy Bichel, Greg Blewett, Greg Campbell, Phil Emery, Wayne Holdsworth, Greg Matthews, Craig McDermott, Corey Richards, Greg Ritchie and, right out of the 1970s, Len Pascoe.

Pascoe came up through the ranks at Punchbowl Boys High School and the Bankstown club in Sydney with his more famous pace partner, Jeff Thomson.

‘Lightning Lennie’ played Test cricket for Australia, World Series Cricket for Kerry Packer and brought sledging to the forefront of the game with some famous run-ins with Ian Chappell in the Sheffield Shield.

Also in the team will be former NSW batsman Matthew Phelps, who was raised at Clunes, played club cricket for Southern Districts in Lismore and whose devotion to the game extended to being married in Sydney on the turf wicket square at Manly Oval!

Few of the others need much introduction.

Blewett is now ensconced at FoxSports, Matthews’ latest ‘gig’ was commentating on the Ashes on SBS, and Ritchie became justas well known for his alter ego Mahatma Cote as for his efforts with the bat for Queensland and Australia.

Bevan, of course, was one of the best one-day middle-order bats-men of all time and a prolific runscorer in all forms of the game for New South Wales before switching to Tasmania late in his career.

The players’ trip to Lismore will include a sportsmen’s night at the Lismore Workers Club next
Thursday, October 1, from 6.30pm and a Twenty20 match against a FNC Invitational XI including former
Australian women’s captain Lyn Larsen at Oakes Oval next Friday, October 2, also from 6.30pm.

School coaching clinics have also been organised.

Tickets for the function at the Workers Club cost $50, which includes a selection of hot finger food, the chance to meet the former players and entry to the game the following night.

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