Club's T20 final host role at risk

THE George Town Cricket Club could forfeit the right to host this season's NTCA T20 grand final because of delays in repairs to its Crothers Oval headquarters.

The club has won the right to host the January 20 final against South Launceston, but has been without clubrooms since storm damage to its roof and interior in June.

George Town president Bob Pooley said the club had been forced to make do with makeshift amenities while the George Town Council sorted out insurance on the building.

The club wants a meeting with the council and NTCA officials to discuss what can be done to ensure it does not forfeit hosting the match.

It has requested council assistance with the provision of a portable building and toilets to allow it to host the final.

The NTCA board has indicated it is prepared to play the game in Launceston if the necessary temporary amenities cannot be provided at George Town.

"The council owns the cricket clubrooms building which was built by volunteers in the '90s so it comes under their insurance scheme," Pooley said.

"We thought it would be fixed by November for the start of the cricket season, but apparently there is some dispute between the council and the insurance company and it's been dragging on for six months now and we're no further ahead.

"I can't see us getting the building back before the end of the season in March."

Pooley said it had been a frustrating time for the club with players having to change in the nearby football clubrooms and toilet facilities lacking for spectators.

"We've managed up until now, but when you start holding events like grand finals and if we win it we could host the state Kookaburra Cup semi-final - you're talking high quality cricket which could attract Cricket Tasmania hierarchy, supporters, local politicians and guests."

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