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December 2, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Sydney’s recently opened Hyatt Regency is the biggest premium hotel in Sydney (892 rooms) and the obvious location to build a makeshift cricket pitch and grandstand in the lobby for an Ashes faceoff between two of the game’s renowned former stars. The pitch was prepared for a faceoff between Australia’s former captain, Michael Clarke and the effervescent past England Captain, Kevin Pietersen (aka KP). Both captained teams for an indoor game of cricket on the Hyatt Lobby pitch at high noon. A great promotion that turned into Hyatt highjinx.

Guests at the $100 a head luncheon included Steve Waugh, who captained the Australian Test cricket team from 1999 to 2004, and was the most capped Test cricket player in history, with 168 appearances, until India’s little master, Sachin Tendulkar eclipsed him in 2010.

Matt Burke, Rugby Union and Channe10 sportscaster also donned the whites. Burke took on the keepers gloves and showed he still possesses the skill to catch both high and low and big and small balls. His session with the bat was also formidable. During the faceoff a couple of photographers had to duck the rising ball and at one stage the receptionist had to drop when a ball headed towards her with speed. This produced much mirth among the big crowd on hand.

Clark led the run chase until Pietersen rolled an underarm on the last ball to tie the match. The other champions were members of the Primary Club of Australia an the crows of cricket aficionados who pumped up the donations. All proceeds will go to sporting projects on behalf of those injured in sport.

Clarke, led Australia to their 5th Cricket World Cup triumph, when his team defeated New Zealand in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the MCG. In November 2016, he became a full-time commentator for Nine’s Wide World of Sports cricket coverage and Pietersen is also a guest commentator on Nine for the current series.
Pietersen has a reputation among the cricket fraternity as a likeable larrikin and egotist but His performance at this promotion was full of fun and frivolity as he and Clarke mixed with the crowd.

The three captains were bombarded by some bouncers in the question department as they spoke about the outcome of the current Ashes series and the next game in Adelaide on Saturday.

The photographic gallery highlighted legendary sports photographer, Phil Hillyard’s images taken over twenty years of Ashes clashes.
An auction of three limited edition photographs of Clarke, Pietersen and Waugh signed by the photographer and the players along with a limited edition bat were up for auction with proceeds going to the Primary Club of Australia for distribution to those who have been injured in sport. Also on offer at the auction was a fully catered box for eight at day two of the Ashes test in Sydney. Unfortunately I didn’t win.

Written by John Savage

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