Launch of New Delhi Tour 2013
The 4th International Lawyers Cricket World Cup tournament will be held in New Delhi between 12 – 22 October 2013.
Australia is taking a squad comprising 2 teams to New Delhi.
We were honoured at the launch by the attendance of:
- Chief Justice of New South Wales, The Honourable T F Bathurst
- Attorney General of New South Wales, The Honourable G Smith SC MLA
- Director of Public Prosecutions, L A Babb SC
- President of the Bar Association of New South Wales, PR Boulten SC
- President of the Law Society of New South Wales, JC Dobson
- President of the Indian Advocates Cricketers Association, R Santhanakrishnan
- Bar of England & Wales Cricket Club, R E Percival
- Patron, The Honourable J D Heydon AC QC
- CEO of the Law Society of New South Wales, M Tidball
Launch of the 4th Australian Lawyers' Cricket Council Squad by ALCC President, Alex Martin
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome to the 4th bi-annual launch of the Australian Lawyers Cricket Council overseas squad, this time to tour India between 12 – 22 October 2013.
This is not so much a speech as a recognition of the many persons, whose contributions have lead to this occasion.
The first group of people I must acknowledge are the councillors of the Australian Lawyers Cricket Council, to whom such a debt of gratitude is owed, I must mention them by name.
In no particular order I start with Troy Flaherty. Troy was with us, when we started out in Hyderabad in 2007. Troy is my idea of the ideal committee man; he is a faithful helper; always efficient; and always prepared to volunteer to do more work. I have a lot of people to acknowledge today. I ask that you reserve any applause until I conclude introducing these people to you.
I also wish to acknowledge Ashley Tiplady, another one of our councillors. Ashley is the heart and soul of the Queensland commitment to this organisation. Ashley was our captain in Barbados in 2011. As a direct result of Ashley’s efforts, the Queensland contingent is prodigious in number and talent.
I also wish to mention Karl Prince, our secretary. He has been part of our organisation since we were in Hyderabad in 2007. He was our victorious captain in England 2009; he had the wisdom to assist with his wife’s childbirth issues in 2011; and he is returning as our captain in 2013.
I also wish to acknowledge the efforts of Scott Alden, our Vice President. Scott was also in Hyderabad in 2007 and it was Scott’s bright idea for us to partner with LexisNexis. It was a revelation to me, when Scott first suggested that such a liaison might be available and when he negotiated a 4 year sponsorship deal for $100,000, with a 4 year option, I was truly taught a new lesson.
Now would be a good time to mention our friends at LexisNexis, which is undoubtedly the gold standard of legal publishing in Australia. LexisNexis reaches 62% of the Australian legal market everyday. It is obviously an excellent corporate citizen; it has recently celebrated its centenary of legal publishing in Australia; we are deeply grateful for its sponsorship to date, because the ALCC would not be what it is today, if it was not for Scott introducing us to them and Dr Marc Peter having the wisdom and foresight to embrace us. That might be an appropriate point to acknowledge our friends at LexisNexis as our principal sponsor. Thank you very much, LexisNexis.
Returning to my theme of acknowledging the important councillors on the ALCC, last, but by no means least, I wish to acknowledge the stellar contribution by Ron Heinrich. When Ron joined TressCox on 14 February 1966, it was a 4-man partnership in a small office in one location in Sydney. After more than 40 years as a partner at TressCox, that firm now has more than 40 partners, at a variety of national offices throughout Australia. Clearly Ron is the right sort of man to be associated with, if you are trying to grow an organisation. At the risk of descending into hagiography, I observe that during his long and very successful career, Ron has also found the time to be the President of the Law Society of NSW, the Law Council of Australia and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and in the Australia Day honour’s list for 2013 he was invested AM for services to law and the community. In addition to all of that he is one of the fathers of the international tournament. Now would be a good time for us all to recognise the Australian Lawyers Cricket Councillors. Please join me in thanking them.
In addition to my colleagues in the ALCC, I also wish to thank the many distinguished guests who are here today. We all know that you are busy people, and the donation of your time, if only to come to this lunch today, is a measure of your respect for us and we are very grateful for your presence.
I wish to acknowledge the many chiefs of the New South Wales legal framework, who have found time in their diary to be with us today. Again, in no particular order, we have the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Lloyd Babb SC. We also have Mr Phillip Boulten SC, the President of the Bar Association of New South Wales.
We have the chief solicitor, in the form of Mr John Dobson, the President of the Law Society of New South Wales and his CEO, Mr Michael Tidball.
We also have the chief elected legal officer of New South Wales in the form of the Attorney General, the Hon Greg Smith SC MLA and, again last but by no means least, we have the Hon the Chief Justice, Mr Tom Bathurst.
Now, that is a lot of chiefs in the one room at one time! But that is OK, there are also a lot of Indians!! We are very grateful to have his Excellency, the Indian Consul General to Australia, Mr Arun Kumar Goel, and we also have the President of the Indian Advocates Cricket Association, Mr Ramamurthi Santhanakrishnan. You will also notice that 2 of the young cricketers in our midst would appear to be of sub-continental ethnic extraction and having selected them, having seen them play, and having examined their cricketing CV’s, I assure you that they are part of the touring party on the ground of merit only and not pursuant to any misguided, affirmative action proposition.
Finally, I wish to return to my theme of the fathers of the tournament. But to give you the proper picture of some of those men’s involvement, I will temporarily drop into the vernacular. Picture if you will the annual meeting of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, this time in Nairobi, in late 2007. A meeting was held between Santhan and Ron, during which they spoke words to the following effect:
Santhan said: “Ron I think we should have cricket tournament”.
Santhan: “I think we should have it in India”.
Santhan: “I come from Hyderabad. I think we should have it in Hyderabad”
Ron: “Ahuh. What do you want me to do?”
Santhan: “Give it your support as the President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. I will do the rest”
Santhan: “India will pay for everything; all that you and the other teams have to do is to pay for your airfare”
Ron: “Now you’re talking. When do you propose to have this tournament”
Santhan: “In about 3 months. Please bring a team”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how, the International Lawyers Cricket World Cup came into existence.
Now some of you people have come a long way today. It is a fair old effort to waddle down the hill from Phillip Street and at least one of you has come from as far away as Macquarie Street! His Excellency has come from Yarralumla. But Santhan has come all the way from New Delhi and the President of the Barristers of England and Wales Cricket Club, Mr Robert Percival QC, has come all the way from London, just to attend this lunch! Now I know that success has many fathers, but Bob was the architect behind the second tournament, which was integral to Santhan’s good idea being continued elsewhere. If your name is not Ron Heinrich, Santhan Krishnan or Bob Percival, please be upstanding. I would like you to raise your glass to toast them: the Fathers of the International Tournament: Ron; Santhan; and Bob.
Finally, I wish to thank our patron. When the Australian Lawyers Cricket Council kicked off, we wrote to the Hon JD Heydon AC, to invite him to be our patron. He was then at the significantly elevated position of being a judge of the High Court of Australia. It was obviously a matter of some weight, as to whether he might support an organisation such as this, while in that position, but nevertheless Dyson did. His support has been genuine; it has been consistent; we are grateful for it in the past; and we look forward to a long and happy future with you together. Please hang on for as long as can. No Australian lawyer has come to our luncheon today, hoping to listen to me and I am sure that all of us have come, hoping to listen to you. Thank you for your patronage and once again thank you ladies and gentlemen for your attendance today.
Australian Lawyers' Cricket Council
11 September 2013
Patron's Announcement - New Delhi Tour 2013
The Australian Lawyers Cricket Council is sending a squad of 33 Australian legal practitioners to the 4th International Lawyers’ Cricket World Cup, to be held at New Delhi, India between 12 – 22 October 2013. Previous tournaments have been held at Hyderabad, India (2007), England (2009), & Barbados (2011). Australia won the World Cup at The Oval on 4 August 2009.
The Australian Lawyers Cricket Council grew out of the desire, by a group of like-minded Australian legal practitioners, to promote the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth, by using cricket as an opportunity to meet regularly at different locations and to interact with our legal practitioner friends from elsewhere. The motto of the International Lawyers Cricket World Cup tournament is ‘Cricket for Friendship’.
The response from Australian legal practitioners has been steadily growing and this is the first tournament, to which Australia is sending two teams.
Australia’s squad is made up of practitioners, who are natives of New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia & Western Australia. Selection is entirely merit based. The 1st XI is almost exclusively comprised of current and former State representatives (Sheffield Shield & 2nd XI), one former Australian A player and current or former first grade players. The 2nd XI team has a less competitive, more social aspect to it.
The greatest concentrations of interest and support for the 2013 touring squad is by barristers and solicitors from New South Wales, barristers and solicitors from Queensland, and Australian expatriate legal practitioners in England.
Australia plans to host the next tournament in January 2016, to which event you are warmly invited to attend.
The Hon JD Heydon AC QC
11 September 2013
Lawyers Cricket World Cup - Barbados 2011
About the Lawyers Cricket World Cup
The first World Cup was played in Hyderabad, India, in January, 2008. Teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Australia and Barristers from England and Wales took part, with India winning the Cup. The Cup was considered by those who took part to be so successful that it was decided to make it a regular event and the next Lawyers Cricket World Cup was held in Cambridge, England, in 2009.
The third annual Lawyers Cricket World Cup involving teams from Australia, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, England and host territory West Indies will be played in Barbados from 7th - 21st August 2011.
Venues such as Empire, Wanderers, Carlton, Weymouth, Queens Park, St Catherine and Lime (BET) have been chosen to host several of the matches. The UWI will host the three opening matches involving Australia, Sri Lanka Pakistan and the West indies A teams in addition to the two Semi-finals on 17th and 18th August. The final will take place at the Kensington Oval on Saturday 20th August.
Australian Team - Lawyers Cricket World Cup
1. Andrew Forbes
2. Jonathan Garforth
3. Ron Heinrich
4. Tim Leoncelli
5. Daniel Maroske
6. Chris McGowan
7. Murray Procter
8. Sebastian Reid
9. Josh Richards
10. Ian Smith
11. Adrian Tinetti
12. Ashley Tiplady
13. Warwick Lindsay
14. Tim Wheller
15. Dean Wright
Programme of Events
|Sun August 7||Ceremonial Game: Prime Minister's XI vs Principal's XI|
|Mon August 8||Group Phase Day 1|
|Tue August 9||Group Phase Day 2|
|Wed August 10||Rest Day - Commonwealth Inv. Game|
|Thu August 11||Group Phase Day 3|
|Fri August 12||Rest Day - Commonwealth Inv. Game|
|Sat August 13||International Business Conference / Sports Arbitration|
|Mon August 15||Round 2|
|Mon August1 6||Round 3|
|Wed August 17||Semi Final 1|
|Thu August 18||Semi Final 2|
|Fri August 19||Rest Day|
|Sat August 20||Finals at Kensington Oval|
Who is Taking Part?
Find out more...
Go to the official website for the Lawyers Cricket World Cup 2011
World Champions seek players
The Australian Lawyers Cricket Council (ALCC), with the support of major sponsor Lexis Nexis, is sending a team to defend our ‘world champion’ status at the 3rd Lawyers Cricket World Cup to be held in Barbados in August 2011.
The ALCC is looking to add a number of talented lawyer-cricketers over the age of 32 to our touring squad for the tournament.
Tournament rules stipulate that each team can field a maximum of 5 players under the age of 32 in any playing 11.
The tournament will be held from 7 – 21 August, with the final at the famous Kensington Oval. All matches will be played in coloured clothing and are 30 over one day matches, some of which will be played under lights.
The Australian team is the current holder of the Butterfield Cup, awarded to the winners of the Lawyers Cricket World Cup, following our triumph at the 2nd Lawyers Cricket World Cup held in Cambridge in July-August 2009.