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|Fill The Basin For Christchurch Earthquake Appeal T20 Charity Cricket Match [Sport & Recreation]|
Today's match is sold out but for those lucky enough to have tickets, the match will be a treat in the sunshine. See the full team line up below.
A star cast of former cricketers and current sporting identities take part in the Fill the Basin for Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Charity Cricket Match today, Sunday 13 March at the Basin Reserve.
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne will line up in the 'Canterbury Invitational XI', captained by Stephen Fleming, against the 'Wellington Legends XI' led by Martin Crowe, in the Twenty20 match on the Basin Reserve starting at 4pm on Sunday 13 March.
Along with Warne and Fleming, the match also features actors Sir Ian McKellan, Russell Crowe and Martin Freeman, rugby players Tana Umaga, Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith and Marc Ellis, and a host of NZ cricketing legends and personalities such as Sir Richard Hadlee, Ewen Chatfield and Craig McMillan.
Half time entertainment includes NZ Prime Minister John Key facing an over of bowling from Australian spin bowler Shane Warne. Heat Pump specialists Fujitsu will donate $100,000 into the Christchurch earthquake fund if Key can smack Warne to the fence during the innings break of the match.
All proceeds will go to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, including the $12,620 already raised through Trademe auctions.
On the day
Capacity has been increased from 8,000 to 10,000 by opening up on ground seating around the inside of the pickets. All tickets are GA apart from hospitality so make sure you get there early to get a good spot - and make sure you are wearing RED and BLACK too.
Gates open at 10.30am, with activities going on from 11am including the NZCPA vs Wellington XI curtain raiser and kids on the Basin at 2.30pm (coaching by NZCPA, Wellington XI and maybe a few from the main match will join in).
Free train & bus travel
Metlink has announced that ticketholders attending this Sunday’s charity cricket match in Wellington will be able to travel to and from the event by train and GO Wellington buses for FREE by showing train staff your event ticket. If you are picking your ticket up from the gate you can show the train staff/ bus driver the Ticketek email confirmation.
The free train travel was instigated by former BLACKCAPS player Chris Cairns and will be available on the Hutt Valley, Johnsonville and Kapiti Lines. Make sure you keep hold of your ticket to get your free trip home.
Live broadcast on Trackside
Great news for those who missed out on tickets,Regular scheduled programming has been moved to accommodate the match, and commentators are said to include Grant Nesbitt.
The teams are:
Wellington Legends XI
Coach: James Nesbitt
Martin Crowe (captain), Andrew Jones, Bruce Edgar, Chris Nevin, Ewen Chatfield, Gavin Larsen, Jason Wells, Jonathan Millmow, Matthew Bell, Richard Petrie, Roger Twose, Tana Umaga
Canterbury Invitation XI
Coach: Russell Crowe
Stephen Fleming (captain), Nathan Astle, Geoff Allott, Marc Ellis, Mark Greatbatch, Sir Richard Hadlee, Rod Latham, Craig McMillan, Dion Nash, Adam Parore, Justin Vaughan, Shane Warne
Match Referee: Sir Ian McKellan
Umpires: Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Martin Freeman, Mark Hadlow
The charity cricket match is the the brainchild of former BLACKCAPS captain and former Cantabrian, Stephen Fleming.
Stephen Fleming is excited about the match: “There has been a tremendous response form everyone I have approached about playing. The crowd will be treated to an entertaining and competitive match from these two sides,” Fleming said.
“Personally I relish the chance to captain a side against Martin Crowe. I know that Craig McMillan and Jonathan Millmow have some scores to settle and it will be great to see Bruce Edgar return to the Basin. Another highlight for the match will be the special appearance of Hobbit actor Sir Ian McKellen as Match Referee."
“We are in talks with a number of international and national celebrities who are keen to join Russell Crowe in being involved and there will be further announcements during the week."
“This match is shaping up to be the event of the year. Come on Wellington lets Fill the Basin and help show our support for Canterbury.”
Fleming urged Wellington’s cricketing and sporting public to get right in behind the event: “Sport is a common thread that binds New Zealanders together, not least a proud sporting province as Canterbury, and it is hoped that in bringing this game together we can play a small part in rebuilding the lives of the people of Christchurch.”
“If we are able to fill the Basin Reserve and show Christchurch our support in a very public way it would make me and the players involved incredibly proud. To have Shane Warne and the other players involved donate their time at such short notice highlights the desire to contribute at a time of need.”
All proceeds from the gate will be donated to the Christchurch earthquake appeal. In addition, a series of fundraising events and auctions will take place around Sunday’s cricket game.
The match at Wellington’s Basin Reserve is being supported by Cricket Wellington and its staff, but Chief Executive Gavin Larsen stressed that it is on behalf all of New Zealand for the people of Canterbury.
“The terrible events that have unfolded in Christchurch have affected all New Zealanders and the plight of everyone caught up in the disaster are at the forefront of the hearts and minds of us all,” said Larsen.
“Like all sporting codes, Canterbury Cricket and New Zealand Cricket - who were based in the heart of the Christchurch CBD - have both been hit tremendously hard by the earthquake and its aftermath,” Larsen said. “This is also a chance for the New Zealand cricket community to come together and show its support to all behind all of Canterbury’s sporting codes and institutions.”