Cricket fans in regional New South Wales will again be thrilled by the excitement of Big Bash cricket this summer.
Sports Minister Stuart Ayres has welcomed the announced return of the Border Bash to Albury, where the Sydney Thunder men’s and women’s teams will take on the Melbourne Stars on 12 December. The matches will be played on the same day the women’s Sydney Sixers will compete against the Perth Scorchers and the men’s Sixers play the Hobart Hurricanes in Wollongong.
“These two events will be a phenomenal day of cricket for fans in Albury and Wollongong, particularly for families and junior players that continue to be inspired by the fast pace of T20,” Mr Ayres said.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin said it was a win for the community.
“Last year nearly 10,000 spectators turned out at Lavington Oval in Albury and I am confident even bigger crowds will return to see the Thunder and Stars men’s and women’s teams go head to head,” Mr Aplin said.
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said record crowds were also expected in Wollongong.
“The NSW Government is proud to be partnering with Cricket NSW to bring the Big Bash to Regional NSW, so country cricket fans don’t have to miss out on a second of the action,” Mr Ward said.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Officer Andrew Jones said bringing the nation’s top male and female players to regional NSW is important for broadening the game’s base and strengthening local connections.
“Cricket NSW supports initiatives like this to help our local communities stay engaged and active in the cricket community,” Mr Jones said.
Entry for the Wollongong match is free of charge and more information is available at sydneysixers.com.au.
Fans can buy tickets for the Albury match at borderbash.com.au.