Country cricketers to be honoured at Adelaide Oval

A proposal championed by South Australian Country Cricket chair Ian Ravenscroft 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 the sport and the many players, coaches and administrators who have made sacrifices and led the way.

Many of the great names of South Australian cricket have a country cricket heritage including Greg Blewett, Peter Sleep, Darren Lehmann, Jeff Vaughan, 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 recognized 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 (SACA) Board and the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA) 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 Stadium Management Authority has committed to having signage in place by day one of the upcoming first Test match, between Australian and India this Thursday, December 6.