Cairns duo in Nelson

Last updated 13:00 01/01/2014

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Cricket fans in Nelson will be able to indulge their passion this weekend, not only with a one-day international on their doorstep but also the chance to spend the evening with former Black Caps Chris and Lance Cairns.

So far, 150 tickets have sold for the evening function on Friday which is a fundraiser for Nelson College cricket.

An organiser, Megan Clark, said they hoped to sell 200 tickets for the event at the college when the Cairns father and son duo would talk about their experiences.

The pair are coming to Nelson for the one-day match at Saxton Oval between the Black Caps and the West Indies on Saturday.

Nelson College cricket coaching director Garry MacDonald used to coach Chris Cairns when he was the rep coach for Canterbury. He said Chris called him and offered to help support the college cricketers while he was here. That was how the fundraising evening came about.

Both father and son will speak at the function which starts with a barbecue.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the college cricketers' trips to Blenheim and Christchurch.

MacDonald said: "It's like all sports with school, it's quite hard on parents financially.

"We're trying to get a sum of money to help the parents so it's not such a financial burden. Some of these boys play a number of sports."

It was shaping up to be a good cricket weekend, he said.

"We are all really excited that we have a function of this calibre to support the college cricket. Opportunities do not come along like this every year," said Mrs Clark.

Tickets to the fundraising event cost $25 and a barbecue plus refreshments will be available for purchase. Email nelsoncollegecricket@gmail. com or ph 021 079 5155.

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