Team will tour to play matches

The Richos XI side which toured Thailand last year. INSET: Team captain Rowan Richardson.
The Richos XI side which toured Thailand last year. INSET: Team captain Rowan Richardson.

RICHOS XI are back in business ready to again don the cricket whites and honour Australian soldiers who served overseas.

In 2010 the Central Queensland-based touring cricket side headed to Thailand to remember the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

This month they will set off on a 14-day tour to Vietnam and Thailand to mark the 40th anniversary of Australian troops returning home from service in the Vietnam War.

Former Emerald club player and Central Highlands representative Rowan Richardson will lead the Richos XI as captain on their overseas campaign. He will be backed by a number more local cricketers including Paul Tree and Justin Richardson just to name a few.

The Aussie tourers will play a South-East Asia invitational side at Vung Tau on August 19, the day after the 46th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Then it's back to Thailand for a Twenty-20 match to wrap up their tour.

The cricketers will also be raising funds for an orphanage in Vung Tau, and a much needed learn-to-swim program.

Team spokesman Ray Richardson said the team had already raised close to $20,000 through donations and the generous support of its sponsors, and they hoped to raise a further $10,000.

The slow-spinner said while he probably wouldn't be winning any awards for his bowling attack, he hoped to make a difference in the lives of the children they would be helping, with drowning being one of the leading causes of death of juveniles in Vietnam.

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