A team comprising Australian celebrities beat their British counterparts in the Westfield Hollywood Ashes 2009 cricket clash in Van Nuys, California in front of 1000 strong crowd.
A team comprising Australian celebrities beat their British counterparts in the Westfield Hollywood Ashes 2009 cricket clash in Van Nuys, California in front of a 1,000 strong crowd. Some American spectators, already perplexed by the goings on, were even more puzzled by why the championship was called Ashes!
Last year, England scored a stunning last ball victory over an Australian side led by Steve Waugh. Taking no chances, Aussies fielded a strong side this year led by fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz, a veteran of 38 tests and 43 ODIs.
The English led by veteran Graeme Hick (65 tests and 120 ODIs). Graeme, who surpassed Graham Gooch's record last year for the most matches in all forms of cricket, added a match in USA to his resume. Graeme scored 20 not out in his first Hollywood outing. But his side fell short by 29 runs chasing 153.
After the match, Kasprowicz who top-scored with 29 not out from 17 balls told reporters, "It is one of the greatest wins of my entire cricket career." But he did not believe it would get him back into the Australian side. Perfect Match host Cameron Daddo was not too bad either, scoring 23 from 17 balls.
Calvin Klein underwear model Travis Fimmel, who recently said, "I did modelling for six hours in my life - just stood there and looked like an idiot. I don't know why people still talk about it - it was seven years ago," did not exactly do much more than stand there this time around as well. Fimmel was out for a duck. But for Fimmel, it really did not matter one bit! The star of Tarzan, Surfer Dude and The Beast was the hot favorite of all the female fans in the crowd.
The other celebrities on the English side were Julian Sands (Warlock and action TV series '24'), Len Goodman (Dancing with the Stars judge), Marsh Mokhtari (CSI: New York, The Young and the Restless and The Closer), Darius Danesh (Pop Idol), Ross King (KTLA presenter), Julian Stone (General Hospital), Rhino (Gladiators) and Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance).
In the VIP tent supporting England were Eric Idle (comedian of Monty Python fame) and Tracey Ullman, who was also the game's official "coin tosser," an assignment she handled with tremendous energy. They were supported by the actor Kris Marshall (of the British sitcom My Family).
Besides Michael Kasprowicz and Cameron Daddo, the Australian side included Inxs bassist Garry Gary Beers and Nathin Butler (who has acted in Australia and Wolverines), Jesse Spencer (of the TV series House), Brett Hicks-Maitland (All Saints), David Hoflin and Ben Lawson (Neighbours), Clark (Brotherhood), Luke Ford (Mummy 3), Nash Edgerton (director, The Square), and the celebrity chef and TV personality Curtis Stone. They were supported by the sexy actress Stephanie Jacobsen. Missing in action was last year's star attraction Mel Gibson.
Sponsors of the tournament included Westfield, DIRECTV, Fox Soccer Channel, Qantas and Westfield. David Lyle, President of Fox Reality Channel, and co-organizer of the tournament was on hand to give away the trophy. Proceeds from the event were earmarked for Victorian Bush Fire Appeal and Malaria No More.