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Country cricket Adelaide honour

Thursday, 6th December, 2018

CUSA Cup champions coach Ian Ravenscroft and captain Adam Pitt. PICTURE: Peter Argent CUSA Cup champions coach Ian Ravenscroft and captain Adam Pitt. PICTURE: Peter Argent

By Peter Argent

A proposal championed by Yorke Peninsula’s “Mr Cricket”, Ian Ravenscroft, the Chairman of the South Australian Country Cricket, five years ago has come to fruition. 

The most northern bar at the back of the Western Grandstand in the Members Area of the Adelaide Oval will now be named the “Country Cricketers’ Bar”. 

This celebrates rural cricket’s outstanding contribution to our summer passion of leather and willow and the many players, coaches and administrators that have made sacrifices to ensure talents have the opportunity to parade their skills at the home of SA sport.  

Many of the great names of SA cricket have a country cricket heritage including Greg Blewett, Peter Sleep, Darren Lehmann, Jeff Vaughan from Broken Hill, Peter Rolfe, Shaun Tait and Kane Richardson. 

“It was exciting receiving this official confirmation,” Ravenscroft said. 

“This is a great fillip for all country cricket and cricketers to be recognised in this way. 

“It initially was a dream that country cricket was acknowledged at the Adelaide Oval, and this has now become to reality. 

“This is a significant recognition for country cricket players, past and present, as well as the volunteers and members of their importance and contribution to cricket in South Australia. 

“I would like to thank the South Australian Cricket Association Board and the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority for their support of this request. All of country cricket in our great state are very appreciative.

“Now when country people attend the Adelaide Oval they can be very proud to be acknowledged for their part in cricket in South Australia.” 

The signage is expected to be in place by today. 

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