Fans will be the big winners when Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval lights up for the RYOBI One Day Cup clash between the NSW Blues and the West End Redbacks on Tuesday 22 October.
For the first time ever Drummoyne Oval’s lights will be switched on for a domestic fixture, in what will be the RYOBI One Day Cup’s only day/night match in the home-and-away rounds.
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager Operations Mike McKenna said the match’s scheduled start time of 2.15pm offered fans the opportunity to enjoy elite cricket mid-week.
“The day/nighter at Drummoyne Oval will enable local fans to come along after work or school and enjoy some of Australia’s best state one-day players in action.
“Younger fans will be able to take advantage of our free entry offer to fans 18 years and younger, which extends to all RYOBI Cup matches, and is a fantastic opportunity for local fans to come along after school to watch their favourite players up close.
“The day/nighter between NSW and South Australia will be the last chance for local NSW fans to cheer on their team in the home-and-away rounds, and follows another battle across town at North Sydney Oval between Queensland and Western Australia earlier that day from 10am.
“The two matches on Tuesday 22 October will close out the round robin part of the RYOBI One Day Cup and will determine which teams will vie for a finals berth later that week,” Mr McKenna said.
Drummoyne Oval will also host the West End Redbacks and the Alcohol. Think Again Western Warriors on 17 October from 10am.
City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said he was thrilled Australia’s premier domestic one day competition would be on show at Drummoyne Oval.
“It will be fantastic to welcome some of Australia’s best cricketers to Drummoyne Oval and Canada Bay to showcase what is one of Sydney’s premier sporting and community facilities.
“Earlier this year we hosted former Champions League Twenty20 champions the Sydney Sixers at Drummoyne Oval as part of their practice during the KFC T20 Big Bash League and more than 3,500 people came along to show their support.
“This year it will be great to see two matches of the RYOBI One Day Cup at Drummoyne Oval. We are encouraging everyone to come along and cheer on NSW as it takes on South Australia in the second game on 22 October which is a day-night game,” Mr Tsirekas said.
The RYOBI One Day Cup begins on Sunday, 29 September at Bankstown Oval from 9.30am.
Fans from all around Australia will be able to cheer on their teams from the comfort of their own home with all 15 matches at Bankstown, North Sydney Oval and the Final broadcast live and in HD on the Nine Network via Channel GEM.
Fans 18 years and younger will be admitted for free to all RYOBI One Day Cup matches. Tickets for adults will be $10 and available for purchase at the gate.
Full fixtures and times for the RYOBI One Day Cup can be found here.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 26 September, 2013 1:55PM AEST