The Illawarra Academy of Sport BHP cricket squad departs on Sunday January 19 for a 9 day tour to South Island of New Zealand. The squad of 16 players and 2 coaches will play five one day games in total.
This will be the sixth tour by an Academy Boys Cricket squad to New Zealand in what has become a regular exchange program between the Academy and New Zealand Cricket Associations. The Academy first toured Canterbury in 1989 with a side that included current state and national players, Shane Lee and Anthony McGuire and was successful against the South Island team which had current New Zealand player, Steven Fleming. The Academy toured again in 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999. The Canterbury team has traveled to Illawarra in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1998.
The 2001 tour itinerary includes
Sunday, January 21 v Canterbury Country, in Christchurch
Monday, January 22 v Mid Canterbury in Timaru
Tuesday, January 23 v South Canterbury in Timaru
Thursday, January 25 v Otago in Otago
Friday, January 26 v Canterbury U17, Ashburton.
The touring party comprises Players:
Andrew Austin, Figtree
Tim McKenzie, Thirroul
Nicholas Knapp, West Wollongong Matthew Skora, Warrawong
Mark Street, Dapto
David Studholme, Fairy Meadow
Michael Stephenson, Towradgi
Dale Chapman, Mt Warrigal
Clint McKenzie, Albion Park Rail
Jaya Hartgerink, Kiama Downs
Tim Richardson, Kiama
Dale Scifleet, Kiama
Daniel Babula, Bowral
Robert Malcolm, Mittagong
Evan McCarthy, Bowral
Simon Willis, Berry
Coaching staff: Paul Cram and Kyle Connor (Apprentice)
Academy Director Cheryl Battaerd comments, “the Academy has a successful track record of overseas tours and the cricket tour should prove to be no exception.”
“This tour promises to be very competitive and the game against the Canterbury representative side in particular will be as hard fought as any Australian vs New Zealand sporting events.”
“The tour will be a great experience for the young cricketers and will provide a great learning and development opportunity for all concerned”.
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