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This is Your Life - Lance Cairns

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1999

Host Paul Holmes looks back on the life of “the Colin Meads of cricket” — the big hearted, Excalibur-wielding Lance Cairns; although the celebration is just as often of his enthusiastic fondness for the game’s social side. A cavalcade of cricket stars (Chappell, Botham, Lillee, Marsh, Hadlee, Coney, Chatfield, Crowe and son Chris) reminisce — with the remarkable sixes in his innings at Melbourne in 1983 coming in for special attention. Cairns’ profound deafness and the death of his daughter in a level crossing accident provide a more serious note.

The spectators at long-on are now an endangered species.
– Commentary during a big hitting Cairns innings

Produced by

Touchdown Productions


Thanks to format creator and rights holder Ralph Edwards Productions; Eyeworks New Zealand, Cricket New Zealand and Jockey New Zealand for allowing NZ On Screen to show this title and reproduce stills and footage featured in the programme on this website.