The Crusaders XI are preparing to take on the Todd Blackadder-led All Stars XI in the annual Crusaders Charity Cricket match this weekend. The event has been running for more than thirty years and raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand.
This year the event has been changed to a 20/20 format for the first time, to keep it fresh and fun for the spectators. Crusaders XI Captain Andy Ellis says his team is looking forward to taking on Blackadder and his All Stars team, which includes fellow rugby identities Robbie Deans and Leon MacDonald, and former cricket players Stephen Fleming and Geoff Allott.
“We are in the middle of Crusaders pre-season training at the moment and it is tough. Todd loves torturing us in the pre-season, so this is our opportunity for payback! There are a few cricket stars in the All Stars team, but we’ve got some pretty handy cricketers in our team as well and I know that the guys would love nothing more than to beat Todd on Sunday,” Ellis said.
The event runs from 11am to 3pm on Sunday at Christchurch Boys High School. There will be a half time auction of signed sporting goods and other great donated items.