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Former Australian Cricket captain and umpire coming to Maclean

ABOVE: Former Australian Cricket umpire Peter Parker meets with club president Tim McMahon and other committee to plan the night’s activities. Image: Contributed.
Harwood Island Cricket Club has secured former Australian Cricket captain, Mark Taylor and umpire Peter Parker to be their special guests at a gala dinner to commemorate their 150th celebrations later this month. Club president Tim McMahon said “we are over the moon these two Australian cricket greats accepted our invitation to attend our event. They are the icing on the cake for what we plan to be a big night of celebrating our 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Harwood Cricket Club. Peter drove down the other day for our planning session and to check out the cricket pitch where it all began and he is excited to. Peter has also agreed to MC the night for us, which is a great bonus”. The Harwood Cricket Club began as a private club established by the workers from the sugar mill in early August 1867 with their first game being against a side from Lawrence. It has morphed and changed with the times of the workforce as it continues to do so today. “We have 10 teams now with 4 senior and 6 junior and continue to go from strength to strength and it is only through the strong commitment of the families, parents and players that we as a club will survive another 150 years” Mr McMahon said. The event is being held on August 26 from 6pm; tickets available from the Maclean Bowling Club.