By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
STEVE Small makes no secret as to why he's been organising a series of Twenty/20 matches this summer to be played around the regional centres of NSW.
"About 70 per cent of our kids that play for NSW come from the bush, so it's an important part of the game" Small said yesterday.
"I know Cricket NSW do a great job in fostering cricket and looking after it but this is just some role that the old past players can create to help fill the void."
This summer, towns such as Tamworth, Griffith, Orange and Mudgee have enjoyed the Twenty/20 experience and this evening it's Coffs Harbour's turn to watch some of the old boys try their hand at the newest form of the game.
With all proceeds from the event going to the local cricket associations, Small believes there are plenty of reasons for all of Coffs Harbour's residents to get to the BCU International Stadium tonight, not just the cricket fans.
"The game only goes for two and a half hours so some of the mums can take their kids along," he said.
"They can't sit there for six hours, so this is introducing new people to the game, it's a win-win situation I think."
Old and new fans alike will be able to see some great names take to the field alongside some of the best junior talent that Coffs Harbour and Grafton can produce.
Names like Shane Lee, Shawn Bradstreet, Richard Chee Quee and Simon Cook will be in action tonight from 5pm after a cricket coaching clinic is conducted by Warren Smith, mentor of former Australian opening batsman Michael Slater.
Considering that 3000 spectators attended the Tamworth match and 2500 went along at Griffith, a large crowd is expected at the BCU Stadium tonight to see the white ball fly under lights.