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Aussies win 'Ashes' cricket in Hollywood

Post by Sparchi » Mon May 11, 2009 10:27 am

Aussies win 'Ashes' cricket in Hollywood
Monday, 11 May 2009
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The sun shone. The beer flowed. The Four'n Twenty meat pies were a hit. The Aussies thrashed the Poms. The Americans were largely clueless about what they were watching.

That sums up the second annual Westfield Hollywood Ashes cricket match held on the picturesque Woodley Park cricket field in suburban Los Angeles on Saturday, with retired Australian paceman Michael Kasprowicz leading a team of Australian celebrities and ring-ins to a 29 run victory.

England were the favourites for the Twenty20 contest.

At last year's inaugural Hollywood Ashes, England scored a one run upset victory over an Australian team led by one of the all-time greats, Steve Waugh.

With lanky 65 test veteran Graham Hick at the helm this year, the English team also included actor Julian Sands, a star of the action TV series 24, and 65-year-old UK and US Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman.

England also had plenty of celebrities in the VIP tent, including Monty Python funnyman Eric Idle and comedienne Tracey Ullman, the game's official "coin tosser".

"It is one of the greatest wins of my entire cricket career," Kasprowicz, a 38 test and 43 one day international veteran for Australia, said with tongue firmly implanted in cheek.

"Nineteen years of first class cricket, so yeah, as you can see it is a big moment.

"I'm glowing."

Australia batted first and set the healthy target of 153, with Kasprowicz the top scorer with 29 not out off 17 balls, and former Perfect Match host Cameron Daddo drawing on his high school cricket days to add a quick fire 23 off 17 balls.

England managed just 135, with Hick scoring 20 not out.

Jesse Spencer, a star on the TV series House, and celebrity chef Curtis Stone, were late scratchings from the Australian team but former Calvin Klein underwear model Travis Fimmel was a favourite among the female fans in the 800 or so strong crowd.

Fimmel, however, was limp with the bat, scoring a duck.

Kasprowicz gave a one word answer when asked after the victory if any members of his team may be good enough to sneak a spot in Australia's test or one day team.

"No," Kasprowicz replied.

Daddo was not so sure.

"I disagree with that," LA-based Daddo, 44, who has appeared in numerous US TV series including 24, Without a Trace and Boston Legal, said.

"I think Travis has a good shot and I think I can carry the drinks for the test team."

The biggest laugh came when an American spectator watching her first cricket game asked why it was called "The Ashes".

"Who died?" she asked.

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Re: Aussies win 'Ashes' cricket in Hollywood

Post by moonlight172 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:51 am

The inaugural cricket event where the traditional rivals England and Australia will battle it out on a wham-bam 20/20 match. Come along to enjoy a day out at an Aussie picnic as the two teams made up of celebrities, cricket legends, and local players fight for the honour and glory of the Hollywood Ashes. Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh will be on the field to help the Australians win the trophy.

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