Orange’s Wade Park will host two matches of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) between the NSW Breakers and ACT Meteors on Friday 10 February and Sunday 12 February.
The WNCL is Australia’s women’s domestic one-day competition, comprised of seven state and territory teams. Orange’s own Phoebe Litchfield plays for the NSW Breakers and is likely to return to the Wade Park pitch to represent the state next weekend.
Orange City Council’s Sport and Recreation Community Committee Chair, Cr Tammy Greenhalgh said it was great to see representative cricket matches being played at Wade Park.
“I’m thrilled Council can partner with Cricket NSW to bring this level of competition to regional areas and provide the opportunity for fans of the game to see Australia’s best female cricketers in action,” Cr Greenhalgh said.
Orange City Council has been enhancing facilities at Wade Park for some years to support local cricket and attract first class cricket matches, most notably with the addition of the Carl Sharpe Indoor Cricket Centre in late 2020.
Improvements to grandstand seating and additions such as sight screens and turf practice wickets followed. Work on replacing the field lighting and revamping the public toilets, changerooms and storage facilities is under way.
Representatives from Cricket NSW inspected Wade Park in January in preparation for the matches and were impressed with the venue.
“This is testament to the hard work of our grounds staff as well as Council’s commitment to building the reputation of Wade Park as the premier cricket venue in the Central West,” Cr Greenhalgh said.
The matches will be held from 10am on Friday 10 February and Sunday 12 February. Entry is free and the canteen will be open.