THE Gold Coast is set to play host to a handful of international cricket matches in coming weeks and Mayor Tom Tate is urging locals to show their support for the players and the game.
The Australian women’s team – the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars – will play its first matches since being crowned World T20 Champions earlier this year when it takes on Pakistan in a four match series on 30 and 31 August and 3 and 5 September at the Gold Coast District Cricket Club at Kerrydale Oval, Robina.
All matches start at 1.00pm.
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On the weekend of 6-7 September, the South Australian XI go up against Papua New Guinea in T20 and one-day matches. The T20 match starts on Saturday at 1.00pm, with the one-day match kicking off Sunday at 10.00am.
Finally on 30 September, Ireland’s national cricket team makes its Australian debut when it takes on the Queensland Bulls as part of its 2015 One-Day Cricket World Cup preparations. The Queensland team will be at full strength as this will be its final hit-out before the domestic one-day competition begins.
Cr Tate said the matches presented a unique opportunity for Gold Coasters to watch international standard cricket at home.
“It’s really exciting to have matches of this standard in our own backyard, and the best thing is they’re all free, so I’d encourage anyone with an interest in cricket to put the dates in their diaries.
“While the Gold Coast hosts plenty of world-class sporting competitions, international cricket is certainly one sport we’d like to see more of here and our Sport Plan is working towards achieving that,” he said.
“The presence of these cricket teams is also of significant benefit to our economy, with daily average expenditure translating to hundreds of thousands of dollars for local businesses. This is why we’re continuing our concerted efforts to bring international sporting teams to the city.”
President of the Gold Coast District Cricket Club, Jeff Pfaff, said he hoped to see sizeable crowds at the matches.
“We’d like to extend a warm welcome to everyone to make a fun day of it and enjoy some quality cricket,” he said.
The Southern Stars games are part of the first series that contributes to qualification for the next ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, to be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board. The team includes Gold Coast player Delissa Kimmince.
PNG’s General Manager, Greg Campbell is a former Australian test cricketer and former Gold Coast coach.
All matches will be held at Kerrydale Oval, Priddey’s Road, Robina. Admission is free.
The women’s matches will be live streamed on www.cricket.com.au