Big bash for Canberra?

johnboy 12 January 2012 30

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The Daily Telegraph has musings from Cricket Australia about expanding the woefully named Big Bash League to include a Canberra team next year.

THE Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle and Geelong are all in the running to have a Big Bash team as soon as next summer as the reinvigorated Twenty20 competition continues to explode.

With ratings and crowds surging ahead of expectations, Cricket Australia has already began looking at further expansion years ahead of its original timetable.

The long dream of being able to trek down to Manuka Oval after work for a top notch T-20 match finally draws closer.

[Photo courtesy Cricket Australia.]


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zllauh zllauh 7:54 pm 07 Apr 15

great entertainment , bring it home homies 😛 Waiting for this to happen 🙂

dtc dtc 11:22 am 13 Jan 12

Thumper said :

Indeed.

it was called the Tooheys Country Challenge, or something similiar and was a bunch of ex test cricketers and first class cricketers playing some sort of limited overs game.

Bruce Stadium was way too small. Every mishit ended up as six.

I was only a little tacker but I would say it was early 80s.

That was it – for some reason I remember Len Pascoe being involved. Thanks.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:08 am 13 Jan 12

sb14 said :

Deckard said :

Heavs said :

No lights = no BB.

Wouldn’t they play at Canberra Stadium? The short boundaries would suit the format.

+1 for Canberra Stadium. It would be a fantastic venue for T20

If it was too small when the Tooheys Country Challenge was played there some 30 years ago, then it will be way too small now after Teflon Kate had her way with it.

It’s a union/league/football venue only.

pink little birdie pink little birdie 10:18 am 13 Jan 12

It’s just not cricket if it’s played on a rectangular field.

Thumper Thumper 10:18 am 13 Jan 12

gertel said :

poetix said :

Where’s the elegance? Or the long drawn out battles between bowler and batsman? Sigh.

That’s called a Test – and another one begins tomorrow! W00t!

Pub for me at 1.30.

Woohoo, three nil coming up!

Good to see Rhino back in the side.

Chop71 Chop71 10:06 am 13 Jan 12

Just build the new stadium

Jethro Jethro 9:54 am 13 Jan 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

Great idea but what is all this Manuka Oval garbage? Canberra stadium is ready for it, as it is played in the evenings. Also, how do you get all the spectators to and from the game, considering the miserable public transport system we have and lack of parking around the ground? Each bus carries 45-50 people and there are only two [2] services after 9:48 PM going to City or Woden. So, 100 people get out of the ground and the other 12,550 have to get a taxi or walk.
Cricket Australia needs to consider this before even thinking about bringing a national sport to a small country town like Canberra!

Not to mention the cost of transporting a whole family by bus! 😛

Thumper Thumper 9:25 am 13 Jan 12

I have a vague recollection of attending a cricket game at Canberra stadium in either the late 70s or early 80s. I think it was a one dayer with a touring international team – but i was very young

Indeed.

it was called the Tooheys Country Challenge, or something similiar and was a bunch of ex test cricketers and first class cricketers playing some sort of limited overs game.

Bruce Stadium was way too small. Every mishit ended up as six.

I was only a little tacker but I would say it was early 80s.

dtc dtc 9:04 am 13 Jan 12

sb14 said :

Deckard said :

Heavs said :

No lights = no BB.

Wouldn’t they play at Canberra Stadium? The short boundaries would suit the format.

+1 for Canberra Stadium. It would be a fantastic venue for T20

I have a vague recollection of attending a cricket game at Canberra stadium in either the late 70s or early 80s. I think it was a one dayer with a touring international team – but i was very young

In trying to find out what that game was, I came across the interesting fact that the current 400m world record for women was set at Bruce (as it then was) Stadium (1985 Marita Koch) and the current 4x100m world record for women was set at the same event (East Germany). Obviously the asterix for ‘probable drug use’ applies. Still, how many other athletic/major sports records have been set in Canberra, let alone lasted for almost 30 years.

sb14 sb14 12:31 am 13 Jan 12

Deckard said :

Heavs said :

No lights = no BB.

Wouldn’t they play at Canberra Stadium? The short boundaries would suit the format.

+1 for Canberra Stadium. It would be a fantastic venue for T20

M0les M0les 10:08 pm 12 Jan 12

I think if they could get lights at Manuka I’d be a season-ticket holder. Even at Canberra Stadium I’d go fairly often.

I’m OK with the name “Big Bash”, otherwise it’d be called “Having a Bat” or “Whacking Off” or some other double-entendre (And the mathematically-correct “Increased Randomness” just doesn’t roll-off the tongue so smoothly).

I fully support Cricket keeping-up with people’s shortening attention-spans (Test-matches are the TL:DR sport!).

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 10:01 pm 12 Jan 12

Great idea but what is all this Manuka Oval garbage? Canberra stadium is ready for it, as it is played in the evenings. Also, how do you get all the spectators to and from the game, considering the miserable public transport system we have and lack of parking around the ground? Each bus carries 45-50 people and there are only two [2] services after 9:48 PM going to City or Woden. So, 100 people get out of the ground and the other 12,550 have to get a taxi or walk.
Cricket Australia needs to consider this before even thinking about bringing a national sport to a small country town like Canberra!

M0les M0les 9:59 pm 12 Jan 12

poetix said :

Where’s the elegance? Or the long drawn out battles between bowler and batsman? Sigh.

Not to mention the blood-pumping thrill of playing-out for a draw.

M0les M0les 9:56 pm 12 Jan 12

Primal said :

But all the highlighter colours have been taken already? We’d have to wearing a fetching beige-and-grey combo.

Yes, we’ll have to apply the <blink> tag!

I expect subsequent teams will have to combine multiple bright colours – I vote for the SLC/Maccas/DHL classic of red/yelow.

gertel gertel 9:44 pm 12 Jan 12

poetix said :

Where’s the elegance? Or the long drawn out battles between bowler and batsman? Sigh.

That’s called a Test – and another one begins tomorrow! W00t!

poetix poetix 7:41 pm 12 Jan 12

Where’s the elegance? Or the long drawn out battles between bowler and batsman? Sigh.

Deckard Deckard 7:09 pm 12 Jan 12

Heavs said :

No lights = no BB.

Wouldn’t they play at Canberra Stadium? The short boundaries would suit the format.

dtc dtc 6:24 pm 12 Jan 12

Primal said :

But all the highlighter colours have been taken already? We’d have to wearing a fetching beige-and-grey combo.

Surely we could stake a claim to take back the lime green from whichever sydney team has it (I cant believe that after all the complaints about how hard it is to figure out where the super 15 rugby teams come from that they still decided to promote the team name rather than team location)

anyway, lime green is our colour. i remember lime green milk and breach in 1989.

Tooks Tooks 4:40 pm 12 Jan 12

Pfft. That’s not real cricket.

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 4:08 pm 12 Jan 12

Gee, more pictures on TV of sportsmen at Manuka Oval with rows of completely empty seats behind them.

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