Country Cricket NSW chairman Paul Marjoribanks would not hesitate to bring more major carnivals to the region in future.
Cricket Albury-Wodonga and Cricket Riverina played host to 16 regional teams for the Bradman and Kookaburra Cups across several Border venues this week.
Marjoribanks admitted it was an outstanding effort by all involved.
“All the coaches and the guys from Cricket NSW high performance can’t speak highly enough of the facilities,” he said.
“When these young guys come away for these once-a-year carnivals, one thing you want is really good cricket wickets and they’ve been very impressive.
“These young guys are starting out on the cricket pathway and you want to make sure you provide the best facilities for them.
“The big thing is the mass of grounds.
“You go to some country areas and you’ve obviously got one or two good grounds and then it may fall away a little.
“Certainly the batch of grounds being produced here in the Albury-Wodonga area have been consistently good across the board.
“I went to six grounds yesterday (Wednesday) and another three or four today (Thursday) and honestly the playing facilities and spectator areas have been very impressive.
“Certainly for carnivals such as this, it would be very attractive to bring it back again.
“It’s a big credit to Cricket Albury Wodonga officials and Cricket Riverina.”
Marjoribanks added the ease of access to all the venues was a major positive.
“Traditionally, the Kookaburra and Bradman Cups have been held at separate venues, but Cricket Albury-Wodonga and Cricket Riverina actually put their hand up to try and do them all together,” he said.
“It’s been a big success, because in most of these cases you’re looking at a couple years.
“Year one you normally have a few teething issues and hopefully iron them out, and, by year two you build on it.
The Bradman and Kookaburra Cups are the final carnivals on the Country Cricket NSW calendar, with reviews to be conducted in March.
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