Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has welcomed today’s announcement by Cricket Australia that two matches in the upcoming Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series will be played in Coffs Harbour in October 2017.
“The Australian national women’s team, the Southern Stars, played two matches in Coffs Harbour against South Africa last year, including a thrilling tied match. Feedback from all involved was very positive,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Women’s cricket is experiencing exceptional growth in Australia, enjoying record attendance and broadcast figures over the summer.
“Cricket Australia’s decision to bring international cricket back to Coffs Harbour in 2017 is a huge vote of confidence in the region’s ability to host major sporting events.
“Coffs Harbour City Council has applied for Commonwealth funding through the Building Better Regions Program to upgrade the facilities at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium. A stadium upgrade would further entrench Coffs Harbour’s reputation as a premier regional destination for major sporting events.
“I encourage everyone on the North Coast to support these events when they are held in our region to ensure we are considered for future events.”
The Australian and England Cricket teams will contest three One-Day Internationals, one Test match and three Twenty20 Internationals, with the team that accumulates the most points across the series to be crowned the winner of the 2017-18 Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series. The multi-format points system awards teams two points for an ODI or T20 win and four points for victory in the four-day Test match.
Australia is the current holder of the Women’s Ashes, having reclaimed the trophy in 2015 for the first time on English soil since 2001. Prior to 2013, the Women’s Ashes was decided on the outcome of Test matches only. Australia holds an 8-6 series advantage since the first competition in 1934.