After the success of last season’s inaugural Border Bash which was attended by nearly 10,000 Albury-Wodonga residents the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Thunder are set to return to the Lavington Sports Ground on 12 December.
Once again both clubs’ men’s and women’s sides will be in action with Melbourne Stars set to host a Rebel Women’s Big Bash League match against Sydney Thunder (2pm start) before a KFC Big Bash Practice Match under lights at 6.30pm.
Tickets are now on sale and fans are urged to buy in advance as another super crowd is expected to attend.
Stars Chief Executive Clint Cooper said that he was excited to return to the region to put on another great spectacle for the community.
“We’re thrilled to be back and have the opportunity to build upon the success of the Border Bash. Last year’s event was an amazing success on so many levels and we are hoping to see an even bigger crowd turn out this year,” Cooper said.
“Events like this are incredibly important for broadening the game’s base, strengthening community connections and above all encouraging boys and girls to get active by watching some the best T20 cricketers in action.”
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon is confident that both the club’s WBBL and BBL sides will enjoy returning to Lavington Sports Ground for the second consecutive year.
"It has been a pleasure to work with AlburyCity and City Wodonga to bring world class T20 cricket back this year,” said Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon.
"This is a very important region in the Thunder Nation with a large number of junior cricketers who we hope will be inspired by seeing their heroes in action. I expect we will have another large crowd for the WBBL match and a great turn out for the very important KFC BBL practice match between two of the best Big Bash clubs in the country."
The fixtures will be played ahead of an $8m redevelopment that will turn Lavington Sports Ground into one of regional Australia’s premier sporting facilities, capable of hosting local regional, state and national sporting events.
AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said the city was delighted to welcome back some of the biggest names in the game.
“Albury is a great sporting city with a proven history of staging top-line events and I know local fans will be thrilled to see some of cricket’s biggest stars in action again,” he said.
“We’re thrilled that once again Albury-Wodonga is hosting the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder in both the men’s and women’s competitions,” Wodonga Council Mayor Cr Anna Speedie, who will be barracking for the Melbourne Stars, said.
“It’s a great opportunity for our community to see some top-line cricket action and I encourage everyone to turn out and support the teams.”
The NSW Government will be supporting the return to Albury for the second year running, with Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres expecting another large crowd on game day.
“Albury has a proud tradition of hosting fantastic sporting events,” said Stuart Ayres.
“Last year’s Border Bash attracted nearly 10,000 spectators and I am confident that fans will flock to Lavington Oval to see the Thunder and Stars men’s and women’s teams play once again.”
Supporters can secure their tickets from $18 for Adults, $4.50 for Juniors with hospitality packages also available by visiting BorderBash.com.au.