The final ACA Masters squad has been announced to play against the Grampians Cricket Association representative team.
Former Australian quick David Gilbert and current Australian and Melbourne Renegades all-rounder Molly Strano have been added to the squad which sees nine of the 12 players all having represented their country.
The T20 match will take place on February 23 from 5pm at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval.
The ACA Masters squad:
- Andy Bichel – represented Australia, QLD
- Doug Bollinger – Australia, NSW, Sydney Thunder, Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Sixers
- Cameron Borgas – SA, Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Thunder
- Sean Clingeleffer – TAS
- Mark Cosgrove – Australia, SA, TAS, Sydney Sixers
- Brett Geeves – Australia, TAS
- Dave Gilbert – Australia, NSW, TAS
- Greg Matthews – Australia, NSW
- Julia Price – Australia, TAS,QLD
- Peter Sleep – Australia, SA
- Molly Strano – Australia, VIC, Melbourne Renegades
- Graeme Vimpani – VIC
Gilbert claimed over 350 first class wickets during his career and played for Australia on 23 occasions in both the Test and ODI’s.
Gilbert has also been a successful coach in England and Australia, and was the Cricket New South Wales CEO for 11 years.
A talented all-rounder, Strano made her international debut in the T20 format against New Zealand in 2017.
The 25-year-old has been described as one of the best specialist T20 spinners in the country and was named as the Melbourne Renegades’ most valuable player in WBBL02.
Former domestic stars Cameron Borgas, Sean Clingeleffer and Graeme Vimpani will join Gilbert, Strano and the previously named to round out the 12-player squad.
The squad boasts talent whose Australian and domestic careers spanned across four decades
The tour of the region will include in2CRICKET coaching clinics, community visits from the players and a sportsman’s function the night before the game.
Prior to the game, there will be a Grampians Cricket Association all abilities curtain raiser commencing at 4.30pm.
The tour is supported by the Ararat Rural City Council and the Grampians Cricket Association.
The Masters Program has been developed by the ACA, the official representative body of past and present players.
It has been primarily funded by the current first-class and Australian players as part of their commitment to developing the game in regional Australia and engaging with local communities.