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Heroes coming for Ipswich Twenty20

Michael Bevan in action.
Michael Bevan in action.

A LINE-UP of former Australian cricketing heroes will help launch the new Ipswich season in style with an explosive Twenty20 exhibition match in October.

The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) Masters team, including Laidley's Andy Bichel, one-day specialist Michael Bevan and lionhearted paceman Michael Kasprowicz, will take on the best the city has to offer on Sunday, October 4 at the North Ipswich Reserve.

The Masters have assembled a crack squad, with more than 200 Test and 500 one-day international appearances among the retired legends.

A large proportion of the limited over appearances belong to Bevan, who averaged more than 50 with the bat in a stellar career which included two World Cup victories.

Then there's the hard-working Queensland pace duo of Bichel and Kasprowicz.

Regarded as one of the unluckiest players due to his record number of 12th man appearances, Bichel also made a mark in the 2003 World Cup, ripping apart England with a career best 7-20.

His good mate Kasprowicz shone whenever given a chance in the baggy green, and was instrumental in Queensland's dominance of the domestic cricket scene.

Classy batsman Greg Blewett, off-spinning all-rounder Greg Matthews, colourful fast bowler Len Pascoe and elegant strokemaker Greg Ritchie are among those confirmed for the tour.

Completing the squad are Tasmanian quick Greg Campbell, wicketkeeper Phil Emery and experienced NSW first-class players Wayne Holdsworth, Corey Richards and Matthew Phelps.

Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association vice-president Peter Leschke applauded the Ipswich City Council for making the event happen.

“It's a big boost for Ipswich cricket and a great showpiece for the sport,” Leschke said.

“The council have worked with the ACA to have the facilities ready for the game to go ahead.”

Marburg's Australian under-16 representative Sam Truloff is a likely inclusion in the Ipswich side, with other selections to be finalised in coming weeks.

Other activities planned for the three-day stopover include a sportsman's night at the Metro Hotel Ipswich International and a junior coaching clinic.

The Twenty20 match between the ACA Masters and the Ipswich selection will start at noon and end prior to the start of the NRL grand final.

Entry for the match is $5 for adults, with children under 16 free of charge.

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