Tribute match an easy decision for all involved
WHEN offered the chance to honour former teammate Phillip Hughes by playing a Sheffield Shield fixture in Coffs Harbour, how long did it take Cricket SA officials to give the concept the go ahead?
"Overnight," Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones said.
"It happened very quickly and easily.
"We like to take at least one Sheffield Shield game to regional NSW every year and we were looking to do that again this year when the Coffs Harbour City Council wrote to us and proposed a tribute match to Phillip Hughes and the SACA said yes overnight and obviously we said yes on the spot.
"It was all done and dusted in a matter of days."
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 the two states Hughes represented during his career.
Hughes was playing for South Australia against NSW at the SCG in his final match. He tragically passed away two days after being struck while batting.
Mr 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," he 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 tribute match, which has the support of the Hughes family, is part of a three-year partnership between Cricket NSW and the Coffs Harbour City Council with a Sydney Sixers warm-up match and a Cricket NSW Academy State Challenge to follow in subsequent seasons.