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Festival of Cricket will reveal many of the game’s secrets

The world’s first Festival of Cricket will be held in Australia, in Bowral on October
1st and 2nd this year. For the first time in the game’s history, all the elements of cricket will be        Our Supporters
brought together in a two-day feast of all that is cricket. There’s no game. It’s everything
about the game and all its secrets.

The Festival of Cricket concept was created by young Bowral woman Elizabeth Nichols, a self-
confessed ‘cricket tragic’. Mrs Nichols thought of the idea on the morning of the day Sir
Donald Bradman passed away. “The cricketing stars get so much attention these days but the
people who make the game possible rarely get acknowledged”, said Mrs Nichols. “The Festival
of Cricket is a place where cricket lovers of all ages can have access to more parts of the game
than they thought possible. They can learn the game’s secrets from leading umpires like Simon
Taufel, curators like the SCG’s Tom Parker, bat makers, ball makers, cricket writers, statisticians,
the media, helmet makers, artists, poets, nets makers, synthetic wicket makers, coaches,
managers, even a test team Chaplain and cricket poet Michael Darby. You can even watch as your
own Sommers bat is made for you.”

A lucky few can book to attend a “Morning Tea with Bill Brown OAM”, one of Bradman’s famous
1948 “Invincibles” or have cocktails with cricket raconteur Max Walker (limited tickets available).
These two events and other forums are by ticket only. The rest of the Festival is free.

Other special guests, master batsman and slips fieldsman Mark Waugh, Dean Jones, Kerry
O’Keefe and many others to be revealed as the Super Series draws closer. The Festival’s
naming sponsor Sommers has in its stable, Glenn McGrath, Michael Bevan and Jason
Gillespie, who will be revealing his new fashion label in a parade at the festival.

The Festival is supported by Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW, Australian Cricket Society (the
PM is its Patron) and the Bradman Foundation.

Free coaching clinics will be conducted by Macquarie Bank Sports and Cricket NSW (to take
part, you must book on the Festival website). Cricketers of all ages can test their bowling
speed and be entered into the first national register of bowling speed. Cricket lovers with severe
physical difficulties can play Table Cricket, an event that enjoys championship status in the UK.

The ABC/Allen and Unwin Cricket Writers Forum will include renown authors Gideon Haigh,
Geoff Armstrong, Mike Coward, Warwick Franks and Bradman specialists Margaret Geddes.
The Cricket Book Award will also be presented at the Festival. Amongst the range of memorabilia
are two cricket bats valued at around $300,000 each!

ABC Radio will be broadcasting its “Grandstand” programme live from the Festival. Other media
supporters include WIN Television, 2ST/PowerFM and 2GB.

Further information is available on www.festivalofcricket.com or by phoning Elizabeth Nichols
(02)4861 7100 or 0414 566 419.

Photos available include: Max Walker with Bradman’s Museum statue, Bill Brown portrait, Jason
Gillespie portrait, Mark Waugh portrait, Dean Jones coaching, Glenn McGrath batting.

Festival of Cricket
PO Box 2031, Bowral, NSW 2576   p (02) 4861 7100   f (02) 4861 7199   e info@festivalofcricket.com     www.festivalofcricket.com

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