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FREE entry for historic Aboriginal tour

Friday 8th June 2018
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Touring Aboriginal sides come to The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 10 June, 150 years on from their historic first tour of Derbyshire in 1868.

The two Twenty20 matches, seeing men’s and women’s Aboriginal squads take on Derbyshire Representative XIs, will be free to enter, with the first game getting underway at 11am.

Gates at The 3aaa County Ground will open at 10am. While entry is free, there is a suggested donation to the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation of £3 for adults and £1 for juniors to help support ongoing  projects to engage, inspire and motivate individuals to achieve and live positive and healthy lifestyles. Parking will be available, priced at £3.

See some of the world’s most explosive Twenty20 players in action, including D’Arcy Short and Dan Christian who are set to feature in the day’s showpiece event.

The touring Aboriginals first played a South Derbyshire XI in fixture in Derby, as part of the original tour which took place between May and October in 1868.

In 1868, 13 Aboriginal players made the trip to the UK. In 2018, the 13 male players travelling will proudly represent one of those pioneers each on tour by displaying their name on the back of their uniform. The female squad will wear their own names on their back, being pioneers as the first female Indigenous team to tour the UK.

2018 Aboriginal XI – Men
Dan Christian (C), Nick Boland, Scott Boland, Brendan Doggett, Sam Doggett, Damon Egan, Tyran Liddiard, Jonte Pattison, Nathan Price, D’Arcy Short, Brendan Smith, Rex Strickland, Dane Ugle, Jeffrey Cook (coach).

2018 Aboriginal XI – Women
Ashleigh Gardner (C), Jemma Astley, Dharmini Chauhan, Christina Coulson, Hannah Darlington, Sara Darney, Zoe Fleming, Haylee Hoffmeister, Emma Manix-Geeves, Sally Moylan, Natalie Plane, Roxanne Van Veen, Naomi Woods, Shelley Nitschke (coach).

Fixtures

Aboriginal XI Men
5th June – Aboriginal XI v Marylebone CC @ Arundel Castle
7th June – Aboriginal XI v Surrey @ The Kia Oval
8th June – Aboriginal XI v Sussex @ The First Central County Ground
10th June – Aboriginal XI v Derbyshire Representative XI @ 3aaa County Ground (3pm start)
12th June – Aboriginal XI v Nottinghamshire @ Loughborough

Aboriginal XI Women
7th June – Aboriginal XI v Surrey @ The Kia Oval
8th June – Aboriginal XI v Sussex @ The First Central County Ground
10th June – Aboriginal XI v National Cricket Conference @ 3aaa County Ground (11am start)
12th June – Aboriginal XI v ECB Academy @ Loughborough

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