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Prime Minister to face Shane Warne at sold-out Basin fund-raiser

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
Prime Minister John Key will face an over from Shane Warne at Sunday’s Fill the Basin for Christchurch charity Twenty20 match. And the event has been sold out.

The gates at the Basin Reserve open at 10.30am before the Curtain Raiser between a New Zealand Cricket Players Association XI and Wellington Invitational XI gets underway at 11am.

The Kids on the Basin Reserve event will be run from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, followed by the main fixture at 4pm.

The Prime Minister will face Shane in a special over during the break – joining cricketing legends, All Blacks and international movie stars in the event.

“I am delighted that John Key is taking part. This is becoming a very special event and the response from the players, celebrity match officials and the public has been tremendous,” said match organiser Stephen Fleming.

“Shane tells me he won’t be taking it easy on the Prime Minister and the players will be giving him a few tips to help him with his game.”

“It will be great day’s entertainment and we would like the crowd to come dressed in red and black to really show their support for Canterbury.”

The Prime Minister will join Russell Crowe (Canterbury Invitation XI coach), James Nesbitt (Wellington Legends XI coach), Sir Ian McKellen (match referee), Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Mark Hadlow and Martin Freeman (umpires) in supporting the match.

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
Fujitsu will donate $100,000 to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal if Prime Minister John Key can hit a boundary off Shane Warne at Sunday’s Fill the Basin Twenty20 match.

“I have seen the Prime Minister bat and I was pretty impressed If he is on form then Fujitsu will be making a sizeable donation,” Stephen Fleming said.

“Shane has been talking about the match on Twitter and he seems excited about the prospect of taking the Prime Minister’s wicket, so this will be a really competitive event.

“It’s great to see companies like Fujitsu supporting this match. We have had a tremendous response from the commercial sector which will help us to raise funds for Canterbury.”

Trade Me Auctions

The Trade Me Auctions for the 12th man position on each team and the auction for an over with Shane Warne closed today.

The Wellington Legends XI position was sold to a lucky bidder for $5,010

The Canterbury Invitation XI bid was sold to a lucky bidder for $ 5,060

The chance to face Shane Warne in an over was sold to a lucky bidder for $2,550

“The winners of these auctions will have an experience of a lifetime. We have a whole package around these prizes and it is great to see bidders getting in behind the match and Canterbury,” Stephen said.

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
Wellingtonians will Fill the Basin this Sunday after selling out the Twenty20 charity match in support of Canterbury overnight.

“The response from the public has been overwhelming,” match organiser Stephen Fleming said. “The crowd will have a great day out. We have an unprecedented turn out of cricketing legends and international celebrities for the main fixture and a full programme of activities from 11.00am.”

Gates open at 10.30am and the main match starts at 4.00pm.

“Everyone we have approached for help with day has said yes and asked what else they can do,” Fleming said. “This match is a great way for Wellington to contribute to helping the people of Canterbury. Let’s create a sea of red and black at the match and show our support.”

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