Both Riding Mill and the Cricket Library Podcast XI have announced very strong line ups to close out what has been a memorable virtual tour of Australia.
The tour began a month ago with a memorable showpiece encounter at virtual Burrabadine with the tourists coming out on top. Since then, Riding Mill have been very impressive with wins against Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs, Westmeadows, Parkdale and Bayswater-Morley.
Riding Mill team manager and brain child of the virtual tour Brian Watson felt the fans wanted something special to wrap things up before the Mill lads get stuck into their local cricket competitions coming out of lockdown. After some discussions with Cricket Library Podcast host Matt Ellis, the grand finale will now take place in Virtual Hong Kong later this week in what should be an absolute show stopper.
Riding Mill will not only have Brian Watson back in the line up, as reported earlier, they have been bolstered by the inclusions of former England Internationals Mark Butcher and Adam Hollioake. Other key inclusions are Dave Cox who had a magnificent tour leading the run scorers list with 246 @ 35.14 to go alongside his 6 wickets at 13.83. Aly Hall will skipper the side and will have a big role to play with both bat and ball in Hong Kong.
The Cricket Library Podcast XI is again a mix of marquee players and devoted listeners of the podcast. Some notable inclusions are Gus Worland the Cricket Tragic himself who will open the batting. Captain of the Brazil women’s team Roberta Moretti Avery come into the line up at number 3 with former Hong Kong captain Babar Hyatt another big inclusion in the top order.
Nina Stevens will again skipper the side with author of Mindful Cricket and a man who has dismissed IVA Richards, Graham Winter will bring the mental edge that may just prove the difference between the two sides.
It would not be a showpiece event without a bit of a rock star feel and the inclusions of Marty Rhone and Andrew Ellis are sure to bring a smile to fans around the world.
All in all it promises to be the perfect finish to what has been a memorable tour.
You can follow along all of the action from 6am EST on Thursday Morning in Australia and 9pm GMT if the UK with scores updated at the end of each over on the @CricketLibrary twitter feed.