Glenn McGrath cricket nets unveiled

Article image - Glenn McGrath cricket  nets unveiled Glen McGrath inspired another generation of cricketing fast bowlers when he returned home to Narromine to officially open the Glenn McGrath Cricket Nets.

The official opening of the Glenn McGrath Cricket Nets in Narromine, New South Wales (NSW) saw the legendary Australian, former International cricketer Glenn McGrath AM return home to formally open the nets named in his honour.

Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders said, “The NSW Government is excited to support this project which will encourage cricket participation in Narromine and hopefully help develop the next Glenn McGrath who will one day wear the baggy green cap.”

The $100,000 project was a partnership between Cricket NSW, Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, Narromine Shire Council, Narromine District Cricket Association and the Narromine District Junior Cricket Association and supported by the Drought Communities Programme (Community Infrastructure Enhancements Project).

Minister for Sport, John Sidoti, said the project was an example of why the NSW ICC T20 World Cup Legacy Fund was established.

“The Legacy Fund is supporting the growth of cricket participation in NSW by improving the quality and quantity of community facilities, and helping to attract cricket events to regional NSW.”

The project delivered three new cricket practice nets with synthetic grass surfacing and relocation of the nets to a more suitable location at Dundas Park.

ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley is thrilled the cricket nets will leave a lasting legacy in Narromine.

“The Local Organising Committee is committed to working with our partners, including the NSW Government and Cricket NSW, to ensure that hosting the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia next year has a lasting positive impact.

“We are thrilled that the NSW Government’s funding assisted with the redevelopment of the Glenn McGrath Cricket Nets which will benefit the Narromine cricket community well beyond 2020.”

Narromine Shire Council General Manager, Jane Redden, said, “Part of our Community Strategic Plan is to recognise the importance and consider resources needed to maintain open spaces, to encourage greater use by the community.

“The cricket nets redevelopment supports this objective.

“Council is thankful to the many organisations and funding partners who have made the project possible.”