Townsville’s Riverway Stadium will be the host venue for the opening matches of the 2018-19 cricket season with three domestic One Day matches announced today for the venue.
The Queensland Bulls will play two JLT Cup matches at Riverway Stadium while the Tasmanian Tigers and the Victorian Men’s team will also play a match during the week-long playing and training window in North Queensland.
The Bulls will take on Victoria on Sunday 16 September and Tasmania on Saturday 22 September, while the Tigers will clash with Victoria on Wednesday 19 September.
Riverway Stadium has previously hosted a domestic one-day game between Queensland and South Australia in October 2010 when the Bulls won a Ryobi Cup match against the Redbacks.
It has hosted One Day Internationals featuring Papua New Guinea, Sheffield Shield, Australia ‘A’ and international tour matches in recent seasons
Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters said Townsville had a vital role to play as part of the overall mix of cricket venues.
“The Townsville City Council have delivered outstanding support for cricket by developing a top-class Stadium as well as their overall backing of Townsville cricket locally and the various Queensland Cricket programs conducted in the region,” he said.
“Queensland Cricket continues to grow strong ties with the game regionally, with domestic men’s and women’s games, youth tournaments and international matches being held each summer in areas such as Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.”
Walters revealed that the former head curator of the Gabba, Kevin Mitchell Jnr, would provide advice and help oversee the final preparations of the wicket block at the venue ahead of the JLT Cup matches.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the city was thrilled to host three JLT One Day Cup matches at Riverway Stadium.
“By hosting these One Day matches, Townsville reaffirms its position as the premier sporting destination in Northern Australia,” Cr Hill said.
“These big games also bring big dollars into our economy and create jobs for locals.”
Cr Hill said she was proud Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket had recognised Riverway Stadium as the perfect venue for major cricket matches.
“There’s no doubt Riverway Stadium is one of the best grounds in the country and it’s great to have more domestic cricket matches played here in Townsville,” Cr Hill said.
“Players and officials from both domestic and international teams have previously noted the high standard of the playing field at our venue, and we can arguably boast one of the best cricket facilities outside of a capital city.
“Spectators watching the JLT Cup fixtures in Townsville this year will be able to enjoy our brilliant venue in a relaxed and unique tropical climate,” she said.