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19 August 201305:08

Face to face with cult heroes

Founded in 1999, the brown and tan uniforms of the Beige Brigade are synonymous with New Zealand cricket and Kiwi fans.

Face to face with cult heroes - Cricket News

Face to face: Beige Brigade members with NZ cricket legends Sir Richard Hadlee, Bruce Edgar, Stephen Boock, John Morrison, Ewen Chatfield and Lance Cairns

The Beige Brigade movement is a badly-dressed homage to the cricketing heroes of the 1980s, the decade when New Zealand’s one-day team cemented its place on the world cricketing stage.

Members of the Beige Brigade were part of the action at the Wellington launch of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, enlisted for a game of backyard cricket with local school children.

The beige presence was bolstered by the arrival of its 1980s heroes. Sir Richard Hadlee, Ewen Chatfield, Lance Cairns, Stephen Boock, John Morrison and Bruce Edgar were all in town to celebrate the launch and joined in the fun of the waterfront match.

“It was nice to be invited along to the ICC Cricket World Cup launch, and it’s always good to meet a cult hero face-to-face,” said Beige Brigade co-founder Paul Ford. “For Kiwi cricket fans, the 1980s players put New Zealand on the cricketing map.”

“It was great to have a laugh with them and acknowledge their role in inspiring the next generation of Kiwi cricketers and cricket fans with what they did 30 years ago. They’re legends.”

For more information on the Beige Brigade visit beigebrigade.co.nz