On a recent Tuesday evening, a packed room of guests at the Karaka Sports Park were treated to the company of cricketing legend, Sir Richard Hadlee.
Hosted by Counties Manukau Cricket Association, the event celebrated the launch of Sir Richard’s book, The Skipper’s Diary.
The book follows the diary of Sir Richard’s father, Walter Hadlee, as he journeyed through England with the 1949 cricket tour. It took Sir Richard four years to bring the book to life.
Trevor Gill, CEO of Counties Manukau Cricket Association, said Sir Richard commented that writing the book ‘was his biggest achievement’. “He brought his father’s original diary along with him to the event. It was amazing. It was in perfect condition.”
Free admission to the event meant that children were also able to attend. Adds Trevor, “The kids were quick to get involved, with questions for Sir Richard about the modern game.”
A leather bound copy of Sir Richard’s book was auctioned off on the night, along with other sought after items. Funds raised from the auction will be put towards supporting the local game.