Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Money Well Spent on Wicket

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Money Well Spent on Wicket

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ANOTHER new turf wicket will be christened this weekend when Souths play Walkerston at Abbott Park in the third grade one day competition.

The Abbott Park facility as a whole is one of the best in Mackay and is jointly managed by Souths Leagues Club and Souths Cricket.

Considerable monies have been invested in Abbott Park by Souths Leagues Club over the past three years and, coupled with funding from several state government grants, the grounds now have lighting, state of the art nets, a canteen and meeting rooms.

The facility already has four full-size rugby league fields.

The new turf wicket, which has been funded through an agreement between the Mackay Cricket Association and Souths Cricket Club, will complement the concrete wicket on the other existing field.

Already this season Pioneer Valley has used their new turf wicket at Mirani High School and shortly Norths will begin playing on a new concrete wicket at Wanderers.

40s play 20

FOLLOWING the rise in popularity of Twenty20 cricket, the Mackay Cricket Association is launching a new competition this Monday night for over 40s.

Brothers have entered two sides, with a further one each from Pioneer Valley, Norths and Farleigh.

While there are still some very capable cricketers in this age group going around in normal Saturday afternoon senior fixtures, this is an opportunity for those who have been out of the game for a few years to get involved again.

It will be the first time many of the former greats have played under lights and on the redeveloped Ray Mitchell Oval.

The first match sees Farleigh Magpies tackle Brothers Leprechauns from 6pm.

Any players over the age of 40 wanting to get involved should contact Glen Cole on 0402 789131.

Off to nationals

MACKAY schoolgirl Alexandra Weeks has been selected to compete at the National Primary Schoolgirls Cricket Championships in Toowoomba in January. …

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