Big Bash League cricket sides, Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes are set to contest Indigenous T20 Cup in November at Wade Park in Orange.
The Indigenous T20 Cup provides an opportunity for young Indigenous cricketers to connect with pathway programs and empower them to become role models in their communities.
The Thunder Indigenous XI will be looking to retain the cup after winning the series 3-2 inTasmania last year.
Despite being unavailable for last year’s contest, Dubbo player Ben Patterson (Wiradjuri) is looking forward to being part of the Thunder Indigenous XI squad in Orange.
“It’s a big deal to represent the Thunder in any way, shape or form, and to do it for your mob makes it even more special,” Ben Patterson said.
“It’s always a really good battle. The standard is always high so it’s a great opportunity to showcase what you can do.
“It’s a great way to highlight the talent of young Indigenous cricketers, and also to connect with other Indigenous youth and make life long mates. It’s about more than just cricket.”
Orange Mayor, Cr Reg Kidd is excited to welcome the tournament back to Orange. “Orange City Council is excited to host the Indigenous T20 Cup in Orange again in 2019 and we look forward to welcoming players, officials and supporters for 2 days of high-quality
cricket,” Cr Reg Kidd said.
Orange City Council Sport & Recreation Committee chair, Cr Jason Hamling is pleased Orange will host the event. “The Indigenous T20 Cup has been a wonderful initiative to provide young indigenous cricketers with a platform to showcase their skills and hopefully progress through the representative ranks,” Cr Jason Hamling said.
“Council is only too happy to support the event by providing the region’s premier cricket facility, Wade Park.”