Thursday, May 25, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The local cricket scene is gearing up for an electrifying showdown as Australia A Men and New Zealand A Men prepare to battle it out in a thrilling series. The highly anticipated competition will feature two four-day fixtures and three one-day matches, with two of the games set to take place at the newly redeveloped Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay this September.
The impressive $25.1 million project at Harrup Park has solidified Mackay's status as a premier cricket destination. With a new covered grandstand, top-notch facilities for players, match officials, and broadcast TV crews, as well as a capacity to accommodate up to 10,000 spectators, the revamped venue has confirmed Mackay’s place as a national destination for cricket.
Fans at the Great Barrier Reef Arena will witness a captivating day-night pink-ball match during the second four-day fixture, taking place from September 4th to 7th, 2023. Following that, on September 10th, fans will be treated to an intense one-day game at the same venue.
The upcoming series holds immense significance for players, as it offers them an opportunity to showcase their talents and compete for national selection in the highly anticipated 2023-24 summer of cricket.
Cricket Australia's Executive General Manager of High Performance & National Teams, Ben Oliver, highlighted the strategic importance of Australia A and National Under-19 opportunities. He stated, "Developing and extending our next tier of players is one of our highest priorities."
Terry Doolan, Chairman of the Harrup Park Country Club and Mackay Cricket Association, expressed his gratitude towards Cricket Australia for their unwavering support.
Doolan emphasised the local impact of hosting top-level matches at the Great Barrier Reef Arena, stating, "It will inspire participation, celebrate community, and promote the world-renowned natural wonders Mackay has to offer."
AUSTRALIA A V NEW ZEALAND A FIXTURES
Monday 28 - Thursday 31 August, 2023, Allan Border Field
Monday 4 - Thursday 7 September, 2023 (D/N), Great Barrier Reef Arena
Sunday, 10 September 2023, Great Barrier Reef Arena
Wednesday, 13 September 2023 (D/N), Allan Border Field
Friday, 15 September 2023, Allan Border Field