CA officials cast eye over Oakes Oval
By STEVE SPINKS
CRICKET Australia representatives were the latest officials to run their eye over Oakes Oval on Wednesday in the lead-up to the Pura Cup match in Lismore in January.
Players' Association official Chris Davies and former Victorian Sheffield Shield player and Cricket Australia representative Geoff Allardice were shown around Oakes Oval, the venue for a NSW v Victoria Pura Cup game from January 16 to 19.
"Basically they were quite pleased with the progress at this stage," one of the local organisers John McMahon said.
"They know there is a bit of work to go on the wicket, but they realise the planning is well under way."
According to McMahon, their only real concern was with the sightscreens, but Lismore City Council will install new ones after the Marist Cricket Carnival finishes next Tuesday.
Cricket NSW officials Ian Field and Janine Stoner were also on hand after Cricket NSW chief executive officer Dave Gilbert visited Oakes Oval last week.
McMahon said the wicket would need one week's preparation for each day of the game.
"Basically they are going to roll it down so hard hopefully Warne won't be able to spin it too hard," he chuckled.
Warne has been named captain of the Victorian team for their ING Cup one-day match this weekend.
With regular Victorian captain Cameron White a member of Australia's one-day squad, there is a possibility Warne could captain the Vics in Lismore.
Tickets sales for the Pura Cup match are progressing nicely.
Only four-day passes are available for pre-purchase with single day tickets available only at the gate on the day.
Four-day passes are available from Summerland Sports in Lismore and Ballina, Thrifty Hardware at Evans Head, the Station Hotel at South Lismore and Private Life at Lawson Street, Byron Bay.