CENTRAL Park in Stawell will come alive when the Australian Cricket Association Masters take on Grampians Cricket Association’s best in a Twenty20 battle on Friday night.
Legendary former test cricketers Terry Alderman, Craig McDermott and Rodney Hogg will be among a host of cricket stars to pad up in Stawell.
Former Zimbabwean international player Murray Goodwin will be one to watch for the ACA Masters side.
Goodwin has returned from another succ-essful English County Championship season with Glamorgan, where he scored 1263 runs at an average of 57.4, which included four centuries.
He said his body still felt good at 40 years of age and he was looking forward to
promoting cricket to regional Victorians.
“I love these tours because we get to spread the word of cricket to country areas,” Goodwin said.
“Having grown up in Bunbury in country Western Australia after coming over from Zimbabwe, it shows there is a pathway for cricketers if you work hard enough.
“Being a country guy, I really enjoy going to the country.”
Other players in the ACA Masters squad are former Canadian international player John Davison, classy former test opening batsman Matthew Elliott and former Queensland and Victorian batsman Matthew Mott.
Alderman said it would be a good mix of youth and experience.
“We like to include a few youngsters who haven’t been retired as long as someone like myself,” he said.
The 57-year-old West Australian had the chance to play in the ACA Masters Ashes tour against England’s Professional Cricketer’s Association.
He took to the field against English greats Andrew Strauss, Gladstone Small, Andrew Caddick and Mark Ramprakash.
But Alderman said he loved getting out to the country and playing against talented regional cricketers.
Captained by Swifts-Great Western batsman Travis Nicholson, the Grampians squad is packed with exciting players.
Nicholson and fellow left-hander Jarrod Blandford will be the ones to watch with the bat.
Swifts-Great Western all-rounder Jackson Dark is another talent keen to show his skills.
Dark represented Central Highlands at under-18 level in its state title win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last season.
Tatyoon speedster Tim McDougall and Swifts-Great Western’s veteran swing bowler Marc Brilliant are sure to be among the wicket-takers.
The event starts at 5.30pm.
Entry is $5 and children under 16 get in for free.