Sport

Coffs to host Sheffield Shield match to honour Hughes

NSW will play against South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match in February at C.ex Coffs International Stadium in honour of former Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
NSW will play against South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match in February at C.ex Coffs International Stadium in honour of former Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes. SMP Images - Chris Tippelt

IN HONOUR of former Australian cricketer and Macksville's favourite son, Phillip Hughes, a Sheffield Shield match will be played in Coffs Harbour.

To be played from February 25 to 28, a Phillip Hughes Tribute match will be played at C.ex Coffs International Stadium between NSW and South Australia, the two states Hughes represented during his career.

Hughes was playing for South Australia against NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground in his final match. He tragically passed away two days after being struck while batting on day one of the game, which was immediately abandoned.

Cricket NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones said paying tribute to such a popular member of the cricket community in this way was a perfect fit.

"Phillip was a wonderful player for NSW, South Australia and Australia, and a proud representative of Macksville and North Coast cricket. Tragically, he left us last year but he will always remain in our hearts," Mr Jones said.

"Cricket NSW is delighted that with the support of the Coffs Harbour City Council, we are able to play a tribute match in a region where Phillip was and will forever remain a favourite son."

The Phillip Hughes Tribute match is part of a three year partnership between Cricket NSW and the Coffs Harbour City Council.

"It is fantastic to see top-class cricket returning to Coffs Harbour and we are so honoured to commence the partnership with this tribute match," Coffs Harbour Mayor, Cr Denise Knight said.

The Phillip Hughes Tribute match and a NSW Second XI match will be played at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium this summer, with a Sydney Sixers warm-up match and a Cricket NSW Academy State Challenge to follow in subsequent seasons.

Topics:  c.ex coffs international stadium, coffs harbour, coffs harbour city council, cricket, cricket nsw, phillip hughes, phillip hughes tribute match, sheffield shield



Cycle Challenge offering an historic ride

The Coffs City Rotary Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge is being held this year on the weekend of August 13 and 14.

'Old' highway the route for this year's Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge

Coffs model is Face of Origin

STUNNING: Tahlia Hall (second left) of Coffs Harbour was named the NSW winner of the Face of Origin 2016.

Coffs beauty is Face of Origin

Turning wine into water during Dry July

DRY JULY: As a participant in this annual fund raiser for cancer patients, Jo Symons has happily swapped alcohol for water.

Turning wine into water during Dry July

Latest deals and offers

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

A home rich in history looking for a new owner

HISTORY: The circa 1920s home is being sold for the first time in 90 years.

Circa 1920s home being sold for the first time in 90 years