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McGrath coming to Casino

AUSTRALIA’S greatest fast bowler is coming to Casino.

Glenn McGrath, an ambassador for Elders, will be in town for Primex on June 17 and the Casino cricketing community is set to reap the benefits.

The man who took 949 international wickets for Australia will run a 90-minute clinic for junior players at Queen Elizabeth Park No 2 from 3:30pm – post-Primex commitments.

And unlike a portion of his international runs, the idea came off his own bat.

Casino District Junior Cricket Association treasurer Dan Corrigan secured the coup, but said the man they call Pigeon volunteered his time.

“Glenn contacted the club through his manager and offered to run a clinic for the juniors while he is here,” Corrigan said.

“Of course, we jumped at the chance.”

Corrigan, who witnessed an increase in junior cricketers of up to 80 per cent at the club last season, said that McGrath’s landing gave the club another opportunity to boost numbers.

“The clinic will be open to all kids in the district,” he said.

“Glenn will teach the younger kids how to hold and bowl the ball, and teach the older kids how to swing the ball. We want as many here as possible.”

Corrigan sees it as an ideal chance to bring non-cricketers up to speed with the game.

“Hopefully we will attract some new kids to the clinic which would be a positive for all parties,” he said.

The Casino Junior Cricket Club has just put the finishing touches on a pair of batting nets next to its Queen Elizabeth Park home.

Corrigan is floating the idea that McGrath could officially open the nets and send a few balls down.

Not a bad christening.

“We could possibly even name the nets after him, but that all remains to be seen,” Corrigan said.

McGrath will host a charity dinner at Casino RSM on the Thursday night with the Jane McGrath Foundation the beneficiary.

Four-hundred tickets will be sold to the dinner at $25 apiece.

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