Match will boost area, boss says
By SHAN GOODWIN
NSW Cricket may commit to more games.
NSW CRICKET boss Dave Gilbert believes the Pura Cup cricket match to be played in Lismore next month will pump tens of thousands of dollars into the city's economy and lead to better sporting facilities for the entire community.
Mr Gilbert and Far North Coast Cricket secretary John McMahon said the boost was good reason for Lismore City Council to spend $50,000 on new sight screens for Oakes Oval.
He said if Oakes Oval was 'up to scratch' as a venue, there would be a commitment from NSW Cricket to get more highcalibre matches to Lismore.
"We prefer these matches to go to regional areas," he said.
"Lismore is likely to draw a crowd of 10,000 over the four days. In Sydney, the match would be lucky to get 3000."
Gate takings, which could be more than $20,000, will go to FNC Cricket.
Mr McMahon said local cricket associations had provided all the other sight screens in Lismore, at a cost of $27,000, plus tens of thousands of dollars worth of cricket practice nets.
"Being built on council grounds, strictly speaking that is now council property," he said.
"Local cricket associations do not have the $50,000 to pay for the screens at Oakes Oval now but in the long-term we would certainly be contributing to their cost. We pay $40,000 a year to the council for the preparation of grounds.
"We are essentially a volunteer organisation and whatever we make from this match will go back into sporting facilities for the entire community."
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