ACA Masters comes to Cobram

Published on 19 September 2018

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A host of former and current day domestic Australian cricketers will travel to Cobram Barooga from 25-26 October as part of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) Masters tour.

The players will take on a representative team of local cricketers in an action-packed Twenty20 game under lights on Friday 26 October at Barooga Recreation Reserve.

Headlining the ACA team will be current Big Bash and former Australian players John Hastings and Alex Blackwell.

Blackwell, Australia’s most capped female player with 251 matches, is a T20 World Cup Captain and currently plays with the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL.

John Hastings, also with the Sydney Thunder, has represented Australia in all formats and has had a decorated state career with Victoria over the last decade.

Entering its 11th year, the Masters program has been developed by the ACA, the official representative body of past and present elite cricketers, with a focus on the promotion of cricket. The program brings communities together to raise funds for local cricket associations and identify local talent. Current first-class and Australian players are committed to funding and developing the game in regional Australia and engaging at grassroots level. More players from this year’s tour are set to be announced in the coming weeks. ACA CEO Alistair Nicholson spoke about the importance of the Masters program.

“The Masters will bring a great deal of knowledge and experience and hopefully we can help the development of a number of young and local cricketers,” Nicholson said.

“The tour will provide a unique opportunity for local families to rub shoulders with champions of the game.” The tour will also include coaching clinics, community visits, a corporate golf day and a function the night before the game. The ACA Masters is supported by Cobram Barooga Business and Tourism, Moira Shire Council, Berrigan Shire and the Murray Valley Cricket Association.