The action will be fast, furious and spectacular when the Bulls Masters and a Bundaberg Invitational XI collide in big bash action at Salter Oval on Saturday, March 2.
The Bulls Masters will field some of the biggest names in cricket – past and present – while the Bundaberg team will be chasing its share of glory seeking a win against the a lineup featuring the cream of Australian cricket.
Event organiser Jimmy Maher said the Masters concept resonated with all cricket fans providing the opportunity to see some of the games current greats and former legends.
“This year we have Queensland’s premier player Chris Lynn in the Masters team and that spells danger for anything outside the picket fence surrounding Salter Oval. He is simply brutal with bat in hand which he has clearly demonstrated in the Big Bash competition,” he said.
“Throw in the likes of Andrew Symonds, Andy Bichel, Lee Carseldine, Nathan Hauritz and fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz and it's obvious the Bulls Masters have a formidable lineup.
“However, the local boys should not be underestimated. Last year it came right down to the wire with the Bulls getting up.”
The Bundaberg Invitational XI led by Waves player Luke Owen features members of all four Bundaberg Cricket Association A grade teams.
The full lineup includes Luke Owen (c), Hayden Busk, Chris Duff, Arden Lankowski, Ryan Norton Blyton Pendergast, Dean Krebs, Jarrod Laycock, Kye Leggett, Sam Pearson, Brendan Schultz and Sean Stuchbery.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the Bull Masters visit provided exceptional entertainment last year and importantly supported local cricket.
“The Bulls get out and about the local schools with coaching clinics and meet and greet opportunities,” he said.
“Council is pleased to be associated with these major sporting events which ensure our residents have the opportunities at their front door rather than having to travel to enjoy this level of entertainment.
“As a curtain-raiser to the main game the T20 Division 3 final will be played between Across the Waves and Norths commencing at 1pm. It will be a great warm up for the main fare which gets underway at 6.30pm,” said Mayor Dempsey.
“It will be a very affordable family outing with adults $5 and children under 16 free. Fireworks, apart from those on the pitch, and face painting will also be part of the program.”
Funds raised from the Bulls Masters visit support Bundaberg Cricket Association.