Labor goes in to bat for a second wicket

A SECOND drop-in cricket wicket at Launceston's Aurora Stadium could become a reality if a Labor government is re-elected on Saturday.

Bass Labor MHA Brian Wightman yesterday went into bat to attract more first-class cricket games to Launceston, pledging $80,000 in funding for a second drop-in wicket at the venue.

He said the Launceston City Council had already developed the capacity for one drop-in wicket to be used at the ground, but any bid for regular fixtures would need a second wicket.

"Aurora Stadium has proven its potential as a first class cricket venue following the successful Ricky Ponting tribute game which attracted around 17,000 people," Mr Wightman said.

"The Ponting tribute game was an outstanding success, and showcased what we already know as a top-rated AFL venue can easily host more cricket.

"With future expansions of the popular Big Bash League a possibility, it is important we give Launceston every opportunity to be ready and able to host more cricket."

The council is keen to attract more cricket to Aurora Stadium including Big Bash League or Sheffield Shield matches.

The Liberal Party has promised $30,000 to help the Launceston City Council develop a business case into the viability of a Launceston domestic Twenty20 side, if the BBL expands.

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