Mo’ to make appearance at Willowfest

Greg Matthews bowls

GREG Matthews spins yarns as well as he could spin a cricket ball.

It makes ‘Mo’ the ideal man to be the new ambassador for the 2019 Willowfest Australian Cricket Championships.

The 59-year-old veteran of 33 Test matches and 59 One Day Internationals is known as one of the more colourful characters to come out of the game.

Willowfest president, Anthony Telfer, said he was delighted to secure Matthews as ambassador for this year’s Carnival.

“Many cricketers who will play in Willowfest will fondly remember watching ‘Mo’ on television or live at games,” he said.

“He is always the kind of guy people were drawn to, and we think he still is even now. He’ll fit right into the whole demographic of the Willowfest Cricket Carnival.

“We can’t wait for him to come to Mildura and we’re looking forward to hearing some of the fantastic stories he will no doubt have to offer.

“Greg helped MC when the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), who played a game against local legends, came to Mildura and helped raise funds for Cardross CC when their club rooms, ground and roller were destroyed by flood. He was fantastic on that night too!

“There have been many outstanding ambassadors to the Willowfest Australian Cricket Championships over the years, and ‘Mo’ will certainly be up there with the most entertaining of those.”

Mathews made his Test debut on Boxing Day against Pakistan in 1983, and would go on to take 61 wickets, as well as make 1,849 runs which included four centuries.

He also claimed 57 ODI wickets.

Mathews is now a television cricket commentator who isn’t afraid to voice his opinion. He was particularly scathing of Cricket Australia following a review into the organisation in 2018.

Story written By Mitch Rodd, Journalist Mildura Weekly