The Alexandra and Eastern Hills Cricket Association (A&EHCA) is excited to announce that the Adelaide Strikers will be playing an internal trial match at Strathalbyn Oval on Friday, December 15.
The match will be the Strikers’ final hit out ahead of their Big Bash League season opener against the Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval on Friday, December 22.
Travis Head, Ben Laughlin and Jake Lehmann will headline a star studded Strikers line up featuring both local and international talent.
A&EHCA president Joe Hill is thrilled the Strikers have chosen Strathalbyn to complete their preparations for the BBL season.
“We can’t wait to welcome Jason Gillespie and the Strikers on Friday,” Hill said.
“The Strathalbyn Cricket Club has invested heavily in their facilities over recent years and this event is a great reward for all the hard work.”
The match will commence at 2pm and is scheduled to finish at 5pm.
Following the match, Adelaide Strikers players will help run a T20 Blast clinic at the oval and will make themselves available to fans for autographs and photos.
Entry to the game is free and all local cricket fans are encouraged to come along.
“This Friday's match will bridge the divide between top class cricket and grassroots community cricket,” Hill said.
“I'm hoping that local youngsters will see their dream of playing for the Strikers or wearing the baggy green as being much more achievable by having the stars of the Big Bash playing in their own backyard.
“In the structure of South Australian cricket, there are a number of levels between the Adelaide Strikers and the A&EHCA, which is why this opportunity is so important.
“This is one of the rare opportunities where we’ll see the stars of the international arena in our own backyard.
“Many local youngsters aspire to playing for the Strikers or wearing the baggy green and seeing their heroes play on here on a local A&EHCA ground is pretty special.”
Hill pointed out that former Test cricketer and Big Bash star Shaun Tait proved what can be achieved from humble beginnings and hopefully more future first class and Big Bash players can come from the region’s current crop of juniors.
Also local A&EHCA umpire Brian Humble has been asked to officiate Friday's Strikers match. Brian will be partnering with one of the top SACA umpires.
SACA have been impressed with Brian's performance in recent years and saw this as a great way to reward his efforts.