Juniors score new wickets

Junior cricketers have returned from the holidays to test their skills on new synthetic pitches at Springfield Central Sports Complex and the new Spring Mountain Silver Jubilee Sports Ground.

The pitches have been installed with almost $39,000 in funding from Queensland Cricket and Ipswich City Council who worked with Strollers Cricket Club to deliver the new wickets.

The two locations were chosen based on the demand in the area and the complimenting infrastructure at the grounds.
Strollers Cricket Club Junior Cricket Coordinator Jono Gibbs said the eastern suburbs of Ipswich had been crying out for this infrastructure because of the tremendous population growth in the area.

“There is huge potential for the area to be a nursery for Ipswich Cricketers,” he said.

“These pitches will help Cricket Ipswich provide venues for the increasingly popular Friday Night Cricket which is the entry level for junior cricket as well as a further venue for the higher levels of junior cricket,” he said.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the new wickets will be a community asset for years to come.

“Ipswich has a proud sporting tradition with several Australian champions starting their playing days on fields around the city. Council is proud to play its part in promoting a healthy lifestyle for residents and potentially aiding the career of our next local sports stars.”

A spokesperson for Queensland Cricket said quality cricket infrastructure is fundamental to providing opportunities for communities to play cricket across Queensland, particularly in rapidly growing and diverse communities such as Springfield.

“Queensland Cricket is proud to support the development of Cricket in Ipswich, in partnership with local clubs and Ipswich City Council via investment from the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund,” the spokseperson said.

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