THAT’S THE SHOT: The NSW Blues’ Moises Henriques whips the ball towards fine leg during the Festival of Cricket in Lismore in September. Blues coach Matthew Mott says the event was an ideal preparation for the Champions Trophy in India.
THAT’S THE SHOT: The NSW Blues’ Moises Henriques whips the ball towards fine leg during the Festival of Cricket in Lismore in September. Blues coach Matthew Mott says the event was an ideal preparation for the Champions Trophy in India.

THANK YOU, LISMORE

NSW cricket manager Matthew Mott has floated the possibility of Adam Gilchrist playing for the Blues as a drawcard for the Lismore Festival of Cricket next year.

Mott made the suggestion in an email to Lismore mayor Cr Jenny Dowell thanking her, and the people of Lismore, for helping the Blues prepare for their Champions League Twenty20 tournament triumph in India.

 The Blues pocketed a whopping $2.7 million by beating Trinidad and Tobago in Hyderabad in the final of the tournament last month.

 They prepared for the tournament by playing other State squads from Victoria, which they beat in the semi-finals in India, and Tasmania, in a series of Twenty20 and 50-over matches at Oakes Oval in September.

 To add to the drawing power of the tournament next year, Mott has suggested approaching Lismore’s favourite cricketing son, Adam Gilchrist, to play for the Blues again.

 “I had a brainwave ... whilst we were away, perhaps next year Adam Gilchrist can play with the Blues as an added lure for the people of Lismore,” Mott said inhis email to the mayor.

“We are so keen to get back up to Lismore again next year. 

“We had an awesome time and it was the ideal preparation for our campaign.

“Please pass on our sincere thanks to the people of Lismore for their significant role in our success.”

As a measure of how much the tournament in Lismore meant to the Blues, Mott sent a message of thanks to the Lismore City Council events co-ordinator John Bancroft within hours of the final in India being completed.

“Thanks John to you and LCC, we truly believe that our time in Lismore made a difference and led to our success in the tournament.”

While the future of the Festival of Cricket is still under review, Cr Dowell is certainly one supporter behind the event going ahead again.

“We know that it has cost us, that gate takings were down and we didn’t have many spectators, but my view is that we would have paid a lot to try to get that external coverage,” she said.

“It was a shame that it clashed with the Masters Games, and that there were a few other things on at the time, and we had the dust storm, but there was nothing we could do about the timing.

“I don’t know whether the suggestion from Matt, that Adam Gilchrist play next year, has gone anywhere, but that would be an added lure for the people of Lismore.

“But for the people who were present, they saw some fantastic cricketers in action and some fantastic cricket.”


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