Trev's cricket dream a reality

TREVOR Parry's dream has always been to play cricket on the same oval as his heroes such as Jimmy Maher, Greg Ritchie and Michael Kasprowicz.

His dream will become a reality at Gympie's Albert Park on November 7.

Parry won't be playing alongside some of Australia's greatest players, but he will be playing on the same turf as them – he'll even be using the same wicket.

The 37-year-old coach of the Past Grammars A-grade team will captain a Maryborough Invitational XI in a Twenty20 curtain raiser before the Australian Cricketers' Association Masters take centre stage.

An ACA Masters line-up featuring some of the nation's finest including Darren Lehmann, Andy Bichel, Greg Blewett, Tom Moody, Greg Matthews, Maher, Ritchie and Kasprowicz will take on a Gympie XI in a Twenty20 game at 1.30pm.

The ACA team is also playing under the lights at Bundaberg's Salter Oval on November 5.

The Masters program has been developed by the ACA, the official representative body of past and present players, with a focus on the promotion of cricket.

ACA chief executive Paul Marsh said the program helped local cricket associations to raise funds and identify local talent through a scholarship program.

“Our tours have proved to be a real hit with communities in the sporting areas we have visited to date,” he said.

“These regions are very strong sporting areas, so we hope to build some excitement around the tour and continue to raise the profile of cricket in the community.”

Parry agreed it would be exciting alright.

“I've grown up watching some of these players in action – they were my heroes,” Parry said.

“To get the chance to play in a game just before them is unreal.

“I'll be like a child in a lolly shop having the chance to see them up close.”

But Parry said he was sure that he wouldn't be the only cricket fan licking his lips at the thought of seeing the Masters play.

“It really is an amazing opportunity to see some of our greatest ever cricketers in action only an hour down the road, and I am sure there will be a huge crowd,” he said.

Admission to the game is only $5 and the Maryborough Cricket Club is also running a bus to the game. Tickets are $15.

Contact the club on 41231720 for information.

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