Defence Draws Global Cricket Teams
Defence organisers plan to expand the inaugural Samsung Techwin International Defence Cricket Challenge to become a Defence World Cup which, in military status, will be the equivalent of that in which our Aussie men in yellow famously dominate on the world professional limited-over stage.
The challenge, in Canberra from November 19 to 23 has attracted two teams from Britain and two from New Zealand to do battle with four Australian Defence Force teams.
Teams taking part will include the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force, the Australia Services Cricket Association President’s XI, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, New Zealand Army, the Royal Engineers (United Kingdom) and the Adjutant General Corps (United Kingdom).
Games will be played between 10am and 5pm as one-day fixtures under International Cricket Council rules and it is planned to become a biennial carnival.
The tournament will involve 170 defence players and officials in a series of pool matches – preliminaries, semi-finals and plate finals – at various Canberra grounds before the Samsung Techwin IDCC grand final at Manuka Oval on November 23. At this stage it is planned to use Canberra Grammar, Kingston Oval, Stirling Oval, Chisholm No. 1, Majura and ANU North Oval with a back-up plan in case of wet weather.
“Cricket is universally acknowledged to be a game of fair play, teamwork, social interaction and fierce rivalry between nations; especially Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain,” Tournament Director LTCOL James Brownlie said.
“By their nature, cricket matches foster a spirit of goodwill, healthy competition and a greater understanding between competitors.
“The Australian Services Cricket Association (ASCA) has conceived and developed this activity to harness these qualities within the Defence environment in partnership with Cricket ACT and the Defence Support Group (DSG) to provide an opportunity for the Defence Forces of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to further enhance Defence partnerships through cricket.
“I have developed this concept with a view towards a Defence Cricket World Cup, so in a sense, this will be a pilot for that concept,” LTCOL Brownlie said.
“Services cricket has undertaken a number of tours – to New Zealand in 1990, Britain in 1993, South Africa in 1997, Asia in 2000 and then Britain again in 2005 . And we have competed in the Arafura Games (in Darwin) in every year that cricket has been played there.
The ASCA can boast some cricket talent of its own, with Australian Army side including LT Matt Pascoe, a former Shield player for Queensland; and Navy’s WO Gary Fuss a former one-day player for Western Australia to enrich its history of having players such as Lindsay Hassett, Allan Davidson and Doug Walter who have played for Defence as servicemen.
“The entire event is free for spectators, although attendees of Grand final day on November 23 will be asked to make a gold coin donation to Legacy at the gate.
“We will be incorporating a number of activities into the Grand Final day aside from the cricket match,” LTCOL Brownlie said.
“During the lunch break, the Cricket ACT Kanga Cricket coordinator will have ACT schoolchildren undertaking matches on the ground.
“The Australian Army Red Berets have also been scheduled to parachute into the ground during the lunch break.
“Lunch, a formal buffet for diplomats, dignitaries, officials and IDCC participants between noon and 2pm will incorporate the inaugural Australian Service Cricket Association Reunion of past players.
“When the game ends, and the champion team has been decided, a presentation function will be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy to mark a fitting end to the Samsung Techwin IDCC.
“We intend to pick a World Defence X1 based on performances at the carnival.
“And because there has never been an ASCA reunion dinner before, it has been decided to run that in conjunction, with several former Australian Test cricket players, who are also former Servicemen, attending.
“Cricket ACT, which is very excited by the prospect of the IDCC, is our partner and will assist with grounds and support to the event.”
LTCOL Brownlie said that anyone interested in the event should visit the Samsung Techwin IDCC website; www.ascacricket.net.au/IDCC.htm