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Cricket has al­ways been at the heart of the Mackay com­mu­nity.

So it will be sweet cel­e­bra­tion at the Party in the Park on No­vem­ber 17 when Mackay cricket marks the 150th an­niver­sary of the game in our re­gion. Over the years, some of Aus­tralia’s and the world’s best play­ers have com­peted in Mackay. Leg­endary names such as Viv Richards, Adam Gilchrist and Ian Healy have all taken to the pitch in front of big crowds at Har­rup Park. Mackay’s sta­tus as a cen­tre of cricket ex­cel­lence was of­fi­cially recog­nised ear­lier this year when the Mackay Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion won the ti­tle of Queens­land’s Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion of the Year.

Har­rup Park Coun­try Club chair­man Terry Doolan says that cricket has played a huge part in the life of the Mackay com­mu­nity.

“Cricket has al­ways been a mas­sively pop­u­lar sport in our re­gion and it re­mains so to­day. It’s won­der­ful to re­flect on the past, but also to look to­ward the great things ahead for cricket in Mackay and at Great Bar­rier Reef Arena,” Doolan said.


The his­toric oc­ca­sion will be marked by the in­au­gu­ral Great Bar­rier Reef Arena Cup. The big T20 match will fea­ture lo­cal heroes and state sports stars from across many codes and sup­ports the Pink Rib­bon Foun­da­tion and Movem­ber Foun­da­tion. The teams will be led by cap­tains Grant Sul­li­van (ex-Queens­land Bulls) and big-hit­ting Aus­tralian and Bris­bane Heat all-rounder Grace Har­ris. Team mem­bers are each spon­sored by lo­cal and re­gional busi­nesses. This is T20 with a twist - each team will have 15 wick­ets and the team to reach 150 runs in the least num­ber of balls wins the game. There’s also your chance to be part of the ac­tion and win great prizes with the XXXX Gold $10,000 Catch and the Triple M Smack a Six com­pe­ti­tions.

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