Fund­ing wind­fall for district cricket fa­cil­i­ties

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Patrick Tansey

District cricket clubs and coun­cils across Mur­ray will ben­e­fit from im­proved fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grams as part of the $1.96 mil­lion NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund.

Spor­ties Ba­rooga re­ceived $21 300 to host the Masters Cricket Tour­na­ment.

NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans said the an­nounce­ment was great news for Ba­rooga and would make use of the won­der­ful grounds and fa­cil­i­ties in the town.

‘‘The NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund is spe­cially de­signed to en­sure clubs and play­ers at the grass­roots level ben­e­fit from the 14 matches to be held in NSW for the ICC World T20 2020 tour­na­ments,’’ he said.

‘‘Cricket is just one of the many sports which unites com­mu­ni­ties across the state and gives male and fe­male play­ers a fan­tas­tic chance to build skills and be part of a team.

‘‘This fund has been es­tab­lished to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of crick­eters by im­prov­ing the qual­ity and quan­tity of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and will help at­tract world-class cricket matches right across NSW.’’

Spor­ties Ba­rooga chef ex­ec­u­tive Bobby Brooks thanked Mr Evans.

Mr Brooks was thrilled with the grant which he said would help grow the suc­cess­ful Ba­rooga Masters cricket tour­na­ment, which has been run­ning for 15 years, as well as en­cour­age higher lev­els of par­tic­i­pa­tion — es­pe­cially with the ad­di­tion of a new women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Brooks said the tour­na­ment would at­tract 200 crick­eters and their fam­i­lies to Ba­rooga.

‘‘It is not only an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to show­case the won­der­ful fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices we have in Ba­rooga, but will pro­vide many eco­nomic ben­e­fits,’’ he said.

Spor­ties Ba­rooga busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Tony Tran­ter said the fund­ing in­jec­tion would pro­vide long-term ben­e­fits to cricket in the re­gion and he was es­pe­cially ex­cited about the women’s T20 com­pe­ti­tion be­ing de­vel­oped.

‘‘We think the in­tro­duc­tion of a women’s com­pe­ti­tion here would be fan­tas­tic for the de­vel­op­ment and growth of fe­male crick­eters in our re­gion,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve al­ready be­gun plan­ning the com­pe­ti­tion. We’ve put some feel­ers out to see who would be in­ter­ested.

‘‘If we get four teams this year it would be a fan­tas­tic re­sult, but it might have to wait un­til next year, we’re still work­ing through that process.’’

Cricket NSW chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Jones said the NSW ICC World T20 Cricket legacy fund would de­liver sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for lo­cal clubs and coun­cils, and help to max­imise the ex­pected growth in par­tic­i­pa­tion re­sult­ing from host­ing the tour­na­ment in Aus­tralia.

‘‘With more girls and boys, women and men, of all ages play­ing cricket across NSW than ever, the fund will both sup­port the growth of the sport in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and leave a life­long legacy for one of the big­gest sport­ing events this decade.’’

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