Wellington Scoop

All Blacks and movie stars at Basin Reserve fund-raiser for Christchurch on Sunday

Wellington-born Hollywood star Russell Crowe will coach one of the teams, and Sir Ian McKellen will be match referee, at a match to raise money for Christchurch earthquake victims at the Basin Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

News from Cricket Wellington
All Black greats and international film stars will oversee this Sunday’s Fill the Basinfor Christchurch Twenty20 match at the Basin Reserve.

“I am very pleased to announce that joining match referee Sir Ian McKellen will be Umpires Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Mark Hadlow and Martin Freeman. The umpires will be rotated throughout the match,” match organiser Stephen Fleming said.

“The Wellington Legends XI will be coached by James Nesbitt and the Canterbury Invitation XI by Russell Crowe.

“It’s great to see All Blacks join the cast of the Hobbit and Russell Crowe in taking part in this match.”

Cricket Wellington Chief Executive Gavin Larsen was absolutely thrilled with the response from the public on the first day of ticket sales.

“Tickets are selling out fast and there is huge interest. We are heading towards a potential sell-out of the ground which would be a tremendous result, which would clearly contribute significantly to the earthquake appeal.”

News from Cricket Wellington – March 7
New Zealand cricket legends will join Stephen Fleming and Shane Warne in the “Fill The Basin for Christchurch” Twenty20 match this Sunday from 4pm. The teams are:

Wellington Legends XI

Martin Crowe (captain)
Andrew Jones
Bruce Edgar
Chris Nevin
Ewen Chatfield
Gavin Larsen
Jason Wells
Jonathan Millmow
Matthew Bell
Richard Petrie
Roger Twose
Tana Umaga

Canterbury Invitation XI

Stephen Fleming (captain)
Nathan Astle
Geoff Allott
Marc Ellis
Mark Greatbatch
Sir Richard Hadlee
Rod Latham
Craig McMillan
Dion Nash
Adam Parore
Justin Vaughan
Shane Warne

Stephen Fleming is excited about the match: “There has been a tremendous response form everyone I have approached about playing. The crowd will be treated to an entertaining and competitive match from these two sides,” Fleming said.

“Personally I relish the chance to captain a side against Martin Crowe. I know that Craig McMillan and Jonathan Millmow have some scores to settle and it will be great to see Bruce Edgar return to the Basin.

“Another highlight for the match will be the special appearance of Hobbit actor Sir Ian McKellen as Match Referee.

“We are in talks with a number of international and national celebrities who are keen to join Russell Crowe in being involved and there will be further announcements during the week.

“This match is shaping up to be the event of the year. Come on Wellington lets Fill the Basin and help show our support for Canterbury.”

Tickets are now on-sale through Ticketek.

Adults $20, Child $10, Family $40 (2 adults, 2 children).

News from Cricket Wellington – March 4
Australian legend Shane Warne will headline a star cast of former cricketers and current sporting identities in next Sunday’s Fill the Basin for Christchurch earthquake appeal charity match.

Warne will line up in the Stephen Fleming captained Canterbury Invitational XI against the Martin Crowe led Wellington Legends XI in the Twenty20 match on the Basin Reserve starting at 4.00pm on Sunday 13 March.

A who’s who of former cricketing legends, entertainment stars and other prominent sporting identities have thrown their support behind this charity match, which is the brainchild of former BLACKCAPS captain and former Cantabrian, Stephen Fleming.

Fleming urged Wellington’s cricketing and sporting public to get right in behind the event: “Sport is a common thread that binds New Zealanders together, not least a proud sporting province as Canterbury, and it is hoped that in bringing this game together we can play a small part in rebuilding the lives of the people of Christchurch.”

“It has been tough watching from afar the heartbreak and destruction of the town where I grew up,” Fleming added. “The disaster has cut us all to the core and I am fortunate through my involvement in cricket to be able to play a small part in the healing and rebuilding of a great city.

“If we are able to fill the Basin Reserve and show Christchurch our support in a very public way it would make me and the players involved incredibly proud. To have Shane Warne and the other players involved donate their time at such short notice highlights the desire to contribute at a time of need.”

All proceeds from the gate will be donated to the Christchurch earthquake appeal. In addition, a series of fundraising events and auctions will take place around Sunday’s cricket game.

The match at Wellington’s Basin Reserve is being supported by Cricket Wellington and its staff, but Chief Executive Gavin Larsen stressed that it is on behalf all of New Zealand for the people of Canterbury.

“The terrible events that have unfolded in Christchurch have affected all New Zealanders and the plight of everyone caught up in the disaster are at the forefront of the hearts and minds of us all,” said Larsen.

“Like all sporting codes, Canterbury Cricket and New Zealand Cricket – who were based in the heart of the Christchurch CBD – have both been hit tremendously hard by the earthquake and its aftermath,” Larsen said. “This is also a chance for the New Zealand cricket community to come together and show its support to all behind all of Canterbury’s sporting codes and institutions.”

News from Cricket Wellington – March 8
Two lucky people will have the opportunity to be the 12th man at this Sunday’s Fill the Basin Twenty20 match at the Basin Reserve.

“The 12th man position in each team is being auctioned on Trade Me. This is a great opportunity to support the Canterbury Earthquake and have a day out that will be remembered for a lifetime,” match organiser Stephen Fleming said.

“Each 12th man will mix with the players and will receive a named uniform and a bat signed by their team mates.

“Another lucky person will face six deliveries by Shane Warne in the break between innings.

“A lucky Trade Me bidder will be able answer the question they have asked themselves watching Australia play over the years – how would I hold up against the world’s best leg spinner ? ” Stephen said.

To view the auction click here


  1. Rosa, 7. March 2011, 13:12

    Russell Crowe?

  2. Kelly Tuari, 7. March 2011, 13:31

    Watching Bruce Edgar play again will be fantastic. He is an amazing cricketer and a very lovely man.

  3. Jitterati, 8. March 2011, 13:37

    Bit of a sausagefest, what?