Nets a boost for local cricketers
LOCAL cricketers have received a boost with the construction of new practice nets at Richardson Park. Sawtell cricketers have begun training at the nets in preparation for the start of the 2004-2005 season next month. Sawtell Cricket Club has extended its appreciation to the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Australian Cricket Board through Coffs Harbour Junior Cricket Association, Sawtell Hotel, Water World Coffs Harbour, PJ Mowers for their assistance in the construction of the new nets. There has also been a concentrated effort from the club which enabled $12,000 to be obtained from fundraising. The new nets will provide a service for the cricket community and every visiting cricket team whether they are local, representative, interstate or international. In past cricket seasons, Richardson Park has hosted matches involving New Zealand under-19s, Windsor Cricket Club from England, North Coast junior and senior zone representative teams, over 40 Cancer Council charity matches, NSW Country cricket zone trials, PSSA school representative trials, Toormina High representative school games and NSW country cricket indigenous zone trials. Sawtell Cricket Club has raised tens of thousands of dollars through grants and fund raising which it has invested in Richardson Park for the betterment of cricket. They have also been involved in the construction of and improvements to facilities at Toormina Oval, Toormina High School, Sawtell Public School and Bayldon Public school practice nets. They have also been involved in the laying of new and used synthetic wickets at Toormina Oval, Englands Park, Sawtell Oval, Marshalls Estate, Woolgoolga and Nana Glen. The club has also assisted with installation of sun shelters at Woolgoolga and Bray St fields and the rejuvenation of the wicket square at Brelsford Park.