Pura Cup action coming to Lismore
By CHRIS GILMORE
LISMORE'S Oakes Oval will host a Pura Cup match between NSW and Victoria from January 16 to 19 next year.
The game itself could shape up as a battle between Australia's two 'spin kings' ? Stuart MacGill, left, and Shane Warne, right, ? neither of whom are likely to figure in any one-day internationals over the summer.
NSW are the current Pura Cup champions and could also boast the likes of Brad Haddin, Nathan Bracken, Phil Jacques, Dominic Thornley and former Clunes player Matthew Phelps.
It will be the first interstate game in Lismore since 1979 when NSW played Queensland in the Sheffield Shield, and just the second competitive interstate game in NSW played outside Sydney or Newcastle.
The decision was made by Cricket Australia on Wednesday.
Deputy chairman of Country Cricket NSW and local cricketing identity John McMahon said Lismore had earned the game through its excellent hosting of the Australian Country Cricket Carnival in January this year.
"We're thrilled to get the match after 26 years," he said.
McMahon paid tribute to the 'army of volunteers' and Lismore City Council for their work during the Country Carnival in January.