Funding windfall for district cricket facilities
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.’’