Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Should We Host Shield Games?

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Should We Host Shield Games?

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THE Chronicle sport team looks at pressing issues in the world of sport every weekend with Saturday Soapbox.

Q: With Mackay hosting a Sheffield Shield match during the week, would you like to see Toowoomba host a future Sheffield Shield fixture?

Ben Drewe: ANYTIME a top-level sporting fixture comes to town is great news.

Hosting a Sheffield Shield match would be terrific for cricket in Toowoomba as it would showcase first-class competition on our home ground.

Toowoomba played host to a Women's National Cricket League round a couple of years ago so the facilities at Heritage Oval would certainly be up to scratch.

The only problem with hosting something like a Sheffield Shield game would be that it may not have that big of an impact.

Shield games go for four days, so regardless of how good the game was, it would only get a bit of a crowd on possibly two of those days as long as the game coincided with a weekend.

You wouldn't turn down hosting a Shield game, but you wouldn't want to have to jump through too many hoops to bring it to town.

A shorter form of the game would be ideal to host in a country area given spectators could watch the whole game in one hit.

But with the Big Bash League taking off in front of big crowds and one-day matches being played in a carnival format, the Sheffield Shield would be our best shot of watching first-class cricket in Toowoomba

Glen McCullough: IN RECENT years we've hosted international cricket at Heritage Oval including a four-day tour match against England in the 1990s which was well received.

Along with the many cricket fans in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region I would naturally love to see that level of cricket return to the city.

But I don't think it's that simple.

There are a lot of things to consider, and running them through my head, I doubt sadly a Sheffield Shield match in town would be the runaway success we'd like to think it would be.

The first thing needed is a crowd and given my experience with the Toowoomba public's discerning tastes when it comes to high level sporting events coming to this town, I doubt it will jump at it. …

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