August 8, 2003

New Milton hosts charity 'Ashes' clash

International charity cricket comes to New Milton's impressive Fernhill complex on Sunday when a Southern Electric Premier League President's team takes on an Australian XI containing several State players.

It's a 50-overs per side contest, starting at 12 noon, with both teams wearing coloured clothing.

Proceeds from the match will be to raise funds for the New Milton based Oakhaven Hospice.

There will be a Twenty20 theme throughout the contest with music greeting every four and six and the fall of each wicket.

"Each player has chosen his own particular piece of music to greet him when he walks to the wicket," said New Milton's Australian coach Grant Hebbard, who has put a powerful Aussie team together.

With Western Australian State players Chris Rogers and Adam Voges in the line up, Hebbard predicts a comfortable Aussie win.

Voges has spent the summer playing for Bournemouth, but Rogers is an unfamiliar face to the Premier League locals.

"He's a terrific player who normally opens for WA with Justin Langer," Voges confirmed.

"He went close to scoring a double-century in the Pura Cup match against New South Wales and was selected for Australia A earlier this year. That's how good he is."

The bulk of the Australian team has been picked from the Premier League, with Bashley's Brad Thompson and New Milton wicketkeeper Ben Clarke included.

President's XI: Paul Gover, Matt King, Kevin Nash, Neil Taylor, Neil Thurgood, Glyn Treagus, Ben Craft, Tom Pegler, Damian Shirazi, Lee Beck, Richard Wilson, Matt Freeman.

Australia XI : Chris Rogers, Hugh Brown, Ben Clarke, Brett Gardiner, Chris Lagana, Justin Larrescy, Matt Latham, Robertson Campbell, Brad Thompson, Adam Voges, Andrew Watkin.