Day-night matches to hit the pitch for first time in 4 years

4th December 2017 3:34 PM
Souths cricket captain Scott Hilton with branch manager Kari MacDonald and executive manager of agribusiness James Burton. Souths cricket captain Scott Hilton with branch manager Kari MacDonald and executive manager of agribusiness James Burton. Joshua Macree

SOUTHS Cricket Club in Roma will be able to turn on the lights for a new season of day-night cricket after being awarded funds and equipment from a two-year CommBank sponsorship.

Now in its fourth year, the CommBank Cricket Club sponsorship provides clubs with two years of funding worth $2000 a year, along with new equipment for training and matches.

The sponsorship means the club will be able to replace the light bulbs in the towers, which will pave the way for day-night games.

"We haven't had a proper night fixture for four years so it'll be good to finally play a couple of day-nighters,” Roma District Cricket president Scott Hilton said.

On hearing Souths had been chosen for the sponsorship, Hilton was initially sceptical.

"I thought it was a bit of a stitch up actually but then the bloke who applied for the grant on our behalf rang me himself.”

In addition to the new lights, the club aims to buy supplies for the kitbag, including gloves, bats and pads and to rebuild the fence which was erected in the early 1970s.

James Burton, CommBank executive manager of regional and agribusiness southwest Queenland, was delighted to present the cheque.

"CommBank has always been a big supporter of cricket in Australia and we introduced this program to make sure that we could support the small club in regional areas that may struggle to get the resources that they need.”

Two regional clubs were allocated for the sponsorship in Queensland, with the other wining club in Mackay.

Recipients were selected through an application process that identified which clubs would benefit most from the sponsorship.