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Viv set for Ballina gig

HE needs no introduction to cricket followers.

In the late 1970s and 1980s, he ruled cricket grounds around the world when the West Indies were at their peak.

And now Far North Coast sports fans can meet the Master Blaster and hear him speak.

Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Club president Phil Walkley said tickets were still available to the Sportsmen’s Dinner featuring Sir Vivian Richards.

Walkley said Sir Viv’s visit to Ballina was a real coup, saying the cricket legend was doing speaking engagements at only about 12 locations around the country.

While Walkley is a football fan, he also keenly follows the cricket and remembers the days when West Indian cricket was at its peak, with Sir Viv plundering the world’s best fast bowlers around the park, including the likes of Australians Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson.

“He certainly is a statesman of the game,” he said.

Richards was named as one of five Cricketers of the Century, along with Sir Donald Bradman, Shane Warne, West Indian all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers and English batsman Sir Jack Hobbs.

Walkley said this was really a one-off chance to see the Master Blaster and hear his stories.

“But you need to get in quick to get tickets – don’t be disappointed,” he said.

The football club has catered for 300 people.

The dinner will be held under a marquee in the football grounds tomorrow from 6pm.

The ticket price of $120 includes a two-course meal and drinks. For tickets, phone Phil Walkley on 0414-618840.