Summer cricket is set to sizzle in Murwillumbah on 19-20 January 2016 when the Baggy Blues’ Back to the Bush initiative rolls into town for the Country Cricket Challenge, thanks to $50,000 in support from the NSW Government.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said the Country Cricket Challenge is a great initiative and will be welcomed by the local community in the Lismore electorate.

“The Murwillumbah community is delighted to play host to the Country Cricket Challenge and to welcome prominent current and former NSW players for a range of cricket activities including matches, coaching clinics and fundraisers for the local cricket Association,” Mr George said.

“The Baggy Blues involvement in the Country Cricket Challenge will provide a great platform for our young cricket talent to show what they can do whilst providing a sense of community spirit and support to those involved.”

Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said $25,000 will be matched by Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres to support the Country Cricket Challenge.

“Country cricket in particular plays a vital role in bringing communities together and in creating a pathway for the next generation of Australian cricket legends,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Close to 70 percent of NSW Cricket representatives discovered their love and talent for cricket in the Bush – for example Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, Brett Lee, Trevor Bayliss, Doug Walters, Geoff Lawson and Glenn McGrath to name just a few.”

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said team sporting initiatives like the Country Cricket Challenge helps regional communities engage and connect.

“The Country Cricket Challenge provides an outstanding platform for individuals, sporting clubs and associations to further build strong, inclusive and active communities,” Mr Ayres said.

Level 3 Coach, Warren Smith, OAM, who tracked Michael Slater’s career from the age of seven, will conduct Coaching Clinics for school children. Warren is also a Country cricketer and has guided many from regional areas to the first-class arena.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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