Legends’ Bash

Background

The ICC GLOBALLY awarded Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends T20 Big Bash is critical to Cricket PNG’s growth as it exposes our BEST players to International players and creates a VISION of what they need to do to play at this ELITE level.

The inaugural Pacific MMI / Motor Vehicles Insurance Limited “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends T20 Big Bash was held December 2009 and won global ICC recognition immediately as the BEST marketing and Event outside of the Test playing Countries in the ICC Global Awards. The success of the event demonstrated the interest in cricket both in Papua New Guinea and Internationally with strong media coverage through visiting International TV media, through on-line distribution,  “Live” broadcast through local “Free to Air “ channel EMTV and support from radio and National Press as well as international journalists and TV networks coming to PNG to cover the Event.

 

Visiting Legends:

  • Andrew Symonds
  • Andy Bichel
  • Damien Martyn
  • Jimmy Maher
  • Greg Blewett
  • Greg Matthews
  • Michael Kasprowicz

 

The inaugural Pacific MMI / Motor Vehicles Insurance Limited “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends T20 Big Bash was eventually won by Hebou Hammers in a thrilling final with the Legends leading the way to provide an entertaining match in front of a packed house.

Visiting Legends:

  • Muttiah Muralidaran (Sri Lanka)
  • Craig McDermott, Greg Rowley, Andy Bichel, Steve Rixon, Brad Hogg & Greg Campbell (Australia)
  • Adam Hollioake (England)

 

World record holder Muttiah Muralidaran, seven (7) former Australian Test players and a former England Captain joined with Cricket PNG in a week of cricket promotion, development and community activity which culminated in a T20 round robin tournament in which 70 of PNG’s talented and emerging players competed to qualify for a LIVE TV broadcasted final on the Sunday afternoon.

Murali was in PNG just prior to the T20 event, lending his support and considerable profile to all promotional and development activities including involvement in “Don’t Drink and Drive” kids SUPA Clinics in Port Moresby and Lae.

National Coaching Director and former Australian player Andy Bichel and Murali represented Cricket PNG at the official World Aids Day (December 1st) event at the National Sir John Guise stadium, achieving massive coverage for the Pacific MMI Motor Vehicles Insurance Limited  “Don’t Drink and Drive” T20 event.  

All Legends travelled to various provinces to assist in junior coaching activities supported by the BSP Schools Kriket program. Steve Rixon joined Andy Bichel and Murali in flying to Lae, Greg Campbell, Adam Hollioake, and Greg Rowell travelled by road around Central Province, Brad Hogg and Craig McDermott travelled to Milne Bay and Greg Ritchie visited Port Moresby’s cricket village Hanuabada where 20,000 cricket lovers and over 80% of our National team originates.

In all more that 8,000 children were exposed to the forthcoming event and media generated was extensive across TV, radio and national press. Coverage included massive exposure in the lead up to the event in both national newspapers, both national television channels and the two highest rating radio stations.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) were so impressed with the 2009 event, a 2 man film crew was contracted and flown from Melbourne in 2010 to cover all significant pre tournament events and activities and an arrangement has been negotiated with EMTV – who covered the final match LIVE, to share footage for this documentary, which will be shown via ESPN and LIVE through the ICC website to a world audience.

This event is contracted to continue annually till and including 2012 but Cricket PNG, Pacific MMI and Motor Vehicles Insurance Limited are looking to extend the Events partnership till at least 2014.

Pacific MMI Marlins came out with flying colours with a high-scoring and thrilling final that came down to the last over. PNG Barramund’s batsman, Chris Amini led the Marlins to victory with Brad Hogg in an exciting T20 match that was witnessed by a capacity crowd at Amini Park.

Visiting Legends:

  • Ryan Campbell, Brendan Drew, Wayne Holdsworth & Mick Lewis (Australia)
  • Scott Styris & Simon Doull (New Zealand)

 

2011 event saw a number of new faces as well as a number of familiar faces returning to PNG shores. Cricket PNG were lucky once again to have Brendan Drew, Wayne Holdsworth, Ryan Campbell & Mick Lewis from Australia and also had Scott Styris & Simon Doull from the land of the long white cloud.

The event was a huge success thanks to our wonderful sponsors Pacific MMI, MVIL & SP Brewery. The 5 day long program began with all the legends travelling to various parts of the country to promote the “Don’t Drink & Drive Campaign” as well as run super clinic at various primary schools.

Wayne Holdsworth & Scott Styris headed to Lae where they ran a clinic at UNITECH and they also visited Markham Primary school where a clinic was also run. The day ended at the Lae International Hotel where guests were treated to a cocktail dinner where both legends shared their cricketing experiences and memories.

Simon Doull headed to “col peles” Goroka with PNG Barramundi’s skipper Rarua Dikana where they assisted the regional cricket manager to run special clinics on the day at two primary schools. Former Australian fast bowler Mick Lewis flew over to beautiful Madang with U19 coach John Ovia to run two super clinics at two primary schools. Brendan Drew flew to Alotau with PNG Barramundi’s wicket keeper, Jack Vare to also run two super clinics whilst Ryan Campbell hit the magi highway as he headed to Kalo village where they ran a super clinic with the village kids. It was at Kalo village where a photograph taken by Raymond Haoda (RCM for Cricket PNG) won the Global Award for the “Photograph of the year” for 2011.The week ended with all Legends paying a visit to the largest prison in PNG, Bomana where they ran a super clinic (1st picture below)

Pacific MMI Marlins was victorious once again with smashing win over Citifon Cougars in the final. PNG Barramundi’s batsman, Chris Amini once again led the Marlins to victory for the second year in a row to retain the trophy with Scott Styris as their playing Legend.

Visiting Legends:

  • Aravinda de Silva (Sri Lanka)
  • Carl Hooper (West Indies)
  • Graeme Hick & Adam Hollioake (England)
  • Merv Hughes & Michael Dighton (Australia)
  • Scott Styris (New Zealand)

Visiting Legends:

  • Richie Richardson (West Indies)
  • Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)
  • Kemar Roach (West Indies)

 

Papua New Guinea will get a taste of cricket Caribbean style this week when current and former West Indian stars touch down in Port Moresby to participate in the annual Cricket PNG Don’t Drink and Drive Legends Bash. 

West Indies Cricket One-Day international captain, Dwayne Bravo who has signed on as a development mentor and ambassador to Cricket PNG will be joined by Kemar Roach and Ritchie Richardson for a week of activities the likes of which the nation has never seen before. 

In a first for Cricket PNG the Don’t Drink and Drive Legends Bash will be a beach cricket tournament held in the coast village of Hanuabada, due to the ongoing redevelopment of the Amini Park precinct.  

The Ambassador role will see Bravo make sponsored visits across schools, academies and rural communities throughout greater Port Moresby. The objective of these visits will be to assist with junior participation programs and use cricket as a platform to motivate and inspire PNG youth.  

Bravo will also act as a mentor to Papua New Guinean cricketers who are beginning to make a genuine impact on the world stage with more than a handful catching the eye of talent scouts within professional T20 franchises around the world. 

PNG who are ranked 19th in the world will participate as a national team in the inaugural South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) T20 Premier League that begins this month. 

They will then travel to Dubai in November to face off against the cream of the crop in the developing world of cricket when they take part in the ICC World T20 Qualifier where a top six finish would see them qualify for the 2014 ICC World T20 in Bangladesh. 

Then in January PNG will cap off a huge few months when they fight for one of the remaining two spots in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. 

Activities with the West Indian players begin on Thursday in Port Moresby with the Pacific MMI Don’t Drink and Drive Legends Bash taking place in Hanuabada on Friday.

 

Visiting Legends

  • Arjuna Ranatunga – Sri Lanka [1982 – 2000]
  • Asanka Gurusinha – Sri Lanka [1985 – 1996]
  • Carl Rackemann – Australia [1982 – 1992]
  • Andy Bichel – Australia  [1997 – 2004]

 

The Pacific MMI Legends Big Bash is on again this year with several former international cricket stars to set foot in the country. The event is into its fifth year running and has attracted some big name stars over the years.

In 2014 two former international players from the 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team, Sri Lanka. Former Sri Lankan captain, Arjuna Ranatunga as well as left-handed top order batsman, Asanka Gurusinha will be coming to PNG for the first time. Both players played a pivotal role in the final of the 1996 World Cup against Australia which saw the Asians record a famous 7 wicket victory. Gurusinha added a valuable 65 runs whilst skipper Ranatunga finished unbeaten on 47 to hand Sri Lanka a famous victory.

Former Australian fast bowler, Carl “Mocha” Rackemann and former Cricket PNG Head Coach, Andy Bichel will also be visiting PNG.

This will be Rackemann’s first visit to the country whilst Bichel returns after coaching the national team from 2011 to 2012.

The visit is part of the award winning program “Don’t Drink & Drive” Legends Big Bash which is proudly supported by Pacific MMI & MVIL. The event aims to address the issue of rising cause of deaths in the country due to driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.

The Pacific MMI Legends Big Bash will also have the Cricket World Cup Trophy in town during the event. The trophy will spend a couple of days in the country before it journeys on to the 2015 Cricket World Cup host nations, Australia and New Zealand.

Contact Cricket PNG (cricketpng@gmail.com) for more information on the Gala Dinner’s in Lae and Port Moresby.

 

Visiting Cricket Legends:

  • Adam Hollioake- England (1996-99)
  • Bradley Hodge – Australia (2005-08)
  • Cathryn Fitzpatrick- Australia (1991-06)
  • Mark Greatbatch- New Zealand (1988-96)

 

Cricket PNG has proudly announced today that four (4) former international cricketing legends will touch down in Port Moresby next Wednesday 14th October, 2015 as a part of the annual Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends Big Bash Event.

Former England One Day International (ODI) Captain, Adam Hollioake, who is currently pursuing a career in professional mix martial arts, is one of the four (4) cricket legends that will be arriving in PNG. The others being, former New Zealand Test Cricketer /National Coach, Mark Greatbatch, former Australian Women’s Test Cricketer/National Coach, Cathryn Fitzpatrick and former Australian Test Cricketer, Brad Hodge who is currently still playing in the major T20 Competitions around the world.

This will be Fitzpatrick’s and Hodge’s first visit to the country whilst Hollioake and Greatbatch have visited PNG before. Fitzpatrick will be the first female cricket legend to attend this event.   

The visit is part of the award winning program “Don’t Drink & Drive” Legends Big Bash which is proudly supported by Pacific MMI. The event aims to address the issue of rising cause of deaths in the country due to driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. For the first time in the event’s history, Coalition For Change (CFC) will also be a supporting partner of this event which is a community based advocacy group, who is working towards achieving cultural change in PNG, regarding violence against women and children.

The Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends Event will include various events including media conferences, schools visits, high performance training programs with the biggest drawcard being the Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends Big Bash Cricket Event where all the legends will be playing alongside the Barramundis and Lewas players on Friday 16th October at Amini Park. Following the Big Bash Event, Cricket PNG will be hosting the Annual Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Gala Dinner at Crowne Plaza.     

 

Visiting Cricket Legends:

  • Geoff Marsh (Australia)
  • Geoff Lawson (Australia)
  • Lisa Sthalekar (Australia)
  • Chris Martin (New Zealand)

 

Cricket PNG’s (CPNG) inaugural “Don’t Drink & Drive” Legends Big Bash proudly sponsored by Pacific MMI Insurance ended yet again on another successful high note.  

The “Don’t Drink & Drive” Legends Big Bash is an annual event in partnership with nationally owned insurance company Pacific MMI aimed at promoting cricket in Papua New Guinea together with a message of social responsibility.  The event was also supported by Coalition for Change (CFC) PNG.

 The “Don’t Drink & Drive” Legends Big Bash was held from 31st August – 05th September with former international cricket legends Lisa Sthalekar (Aust.), Geoff Marsh (Aust.), Chris Martin (NZ) and Geoff Lawson (Aust.) attending this year’s edition to promote cricket in PNG, drive the key message of “Don’t Drink & Drive” and to raise awareness on gender based violence in PNG in collaboration with CFC 

As part of their visit the cricket Legends visited schools participating in CPNG’s school cricket programmes teaching students’ basic cricket techniques and participated in the Legends T20 match with CPNG’s sponsors, staff and the women’s national cricket team the City Pharmacy Ltd. (CPL) PNG Lewas.

 Former Australian Women’s Captain and two time World Cup winner Lisa Sthalekar also took time out to mentor the CPL PNG Lewas in preparation for their upcoming International Cricket Council Global Qualifier in Sri Lanka.

 The event finished off with its popular Legends Gala Dinner held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  Items from the visiting cricket Legends were auctioned at the Gala Dinner with all proceeds raised going towards developing grassroots cricket in PNG and supporting CFC’s gender based violence awareness campaigns.

 CPNG CEO Greg Campbell commented on the success of this year’s event,

 “The Legends Big Bash is critical to Cricket PNG’s growth as it exposes our best players to International players and creates a vision of what they need to do in order to play at that elite level,” said Campbell.

 Campbell further added that cricket is a sporting code that demands professionalism from its players both on and off field,

 “As part of our organizational and social responsibility to the community, the Legends Big Bash not only strives at promoting cricket but advocates on responsible drinking and awareness on domestic violence against women ...this message is reflective in the way our organization is run and the way in which our players carry themselves at all times.”

Campbell concluded that the success of the event would not be possible without the generosity and ongoing support of Pacific MMI Insurance over the past eight years and hopes to continue its success.

The “Don’t Drink & Drive” Legends Big Bash was first held in 2009 and won immediate global recognition in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Global Awards as the best marketing and event outside of the Test playing countries.