Best in the business will showcase their Twenty20 talents
TOP level cricket is back at C.ex Coffs International Stadium for the first time since 2007.
A partnership between Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association (CHDCA) and the stadium's members group will allow the Sommers T20 Cup to be played today in the Leisure Park precinct with the finals (including commentary) on the stadium wicket next weekend.
"It's been generous of the members to provide vital assistance and access to the region's premier sporting facility and CHDCA is very grateful," competition convenor Grant Lawler said.
"Making the Sommers Cup, our premier T20 event, a partnership between the two associations moves us forward into a new era with players being able to utilise the best ground in the area.
"Their generosity will allow this exciting new competition in its second year to reach new heights.
"Without such support local cricket talent would be unable to use the stadium which has been the trend for seven years.
"The last final or match played at the venue was between Sawtell and Dorrigo."
Grant is certain using the facility again for big tournaments will help attract greater numbers of players and professionals to the Coffs Coast.
"This year sees former NSW player Wayne Seabrook attending.
"Fans will recall Wayne made 165 runs for the state."
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The next stage is to link Coffs Coast business houses as franchise owners
"Statistics from the 2014 carnival speak for themselves.
"In all, 314 fours and 110 sixes were hit.
"Not to be outdone, the bowlers took 133 wickets at an average of 26.14."
Matches start today at 10am on Leisure Park with lower grades at Richardson Park in Sawtell from 9am.