Glenn McGrath returns to unveil new cricket nets ahead of 2019/20 cricket season

OPEN TO ALL: Australian cricketing legend Glenn McGrath returned home on Saturday to officaly unveil the new nets at Dundas Oval. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

OPEN TO ALL: Australian cricketing legend Glenn McGrath returned home on Saturday to officaly unveil the new nets at Dundas Oval. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Glenn McGrath was in town on Saturday to officially open the redeveloped cricket nets at Dundas oval ahead of the 2019/20 cricket season.

The unveiling saw McGrath return home to Narromine to formally open the nets named in his honour.

Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the new nets would support player development and help grow the game in Western NSW.

"The NSW Government is excited to support this project which will encourage cricket participation in Narromine and hopefully help develop the next Glenn McGrath who will one day wear the baggy green cap," Mr Saunders said.

The project was initiated by Narromine District Cricket Association and Narromine District Junior Cricket Association in consultation with the council.

The project has delivered three new cricket practice nets at Dundas Park with synthetic grass surfacing which is open for public use.

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The $100,000 project was funded through partnerships with Cricket NSW, the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, Drought Communities Programme, Narromine Shire Council, Narromine District and Junior Cricket Association.

Minister for Sport John Sidoti said the project was an example of why the NSW ICC T20 World Cup Legacy Fund was established.

"The Legacy Fund is supporting the growth of cricket participation in NSW by improving the quality and quantity of community facilities, and helping to attract cricket events to regional NSW," Mr Sidoti said.

ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley is thrilled the cricket nets will leave a lasting legacy in Narromine.

"The Local Organising Committee is committed to working with our partners, including the NSW Government and Cricket NSW, to ensure that hosting the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia next year has a lasting positive impact," Hockley said.

"We are thrilled that the NSW Government's funding assisted with the redevelopment of the Glenn McGrath Cricket Nets which will benefit the Narromine cricket community well beyond 2020."

Narromine Shire Council General Manager Jane Redden said part of the council's community strategic plan is to recognise the importance and consider resources needed to foster greater use by the community.

"The cricket nets redevelopment supports this objective" she said.

"Council is thankful to the many organisations and funding partners who have made the project possible."

The project was one of 55 projects to receive $1.96 million in funding during round one of the program in 2018.

The opening included a free cricket skills clinic run by Cricket NSW.