Junior cricketers will be pushing for the chance to have the first bat following the arrival of new upgrades at Jubilee Oval.
The oval has been green-lit to receive a new four-lane practice net and a new practice wicket for use by the Griffith District Cricket Association’s junior cricketers, and the wider public.
The $64,000 in funding for the new nets and wicket area was granted to Griffith City Council after the council and the cricket association successfully applied for funding from the state government’s NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund.
Griffith District Cricket Association junior officer Derek Forner said the new works at Jubilee Oval will be “a new set of four-lanes, and they are going to be synthetic and fully enclosed.”
“Part of the development is there is also a new synthetic center wicket for the junior cricket and they are all going to be up to the latest standard with the newest material being used,” Mr Forner said.
Like Griffith, Leeton will also be receiving new funding for improvements to their shire’s cricket facilities, with the Leeton District Cricket Association receiving new funding to upgrade their Junior cricket nets.
Member for Murray Austin Evans said the T20 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.”
Leeton District Cricket Association grants coordinator Brian Rotherham said “we have been pursuing funding for the project for some time and are excited to finally see it come to fruition.
“This will give our junior cricketers a safer and much improved facility in which to develop their skills,” Mr Rotheram said.
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