Coffs gets tick of approval for Shield final
CRICKET Australia has confirmed the nomination of Coffs Harbour to host the Sheffield Shield final if the NSW Blues finish on top of the competition ladder.
As last week's Sheffield Shield clash in Coffs Harbour was the first time the ground had hosted a first-class match, C.ex Coffs International Stadium was assessed by Cricket Australia officials during the match on whether or not the ground and facilities were capable of hosting the five-day match to be held over the Easter weekend.
Both the stadium and the Coffs Coast cricket community passed the test with flying colours.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones said the Phillip Hughes Tribute Match in Coffs Harbour had been a tremendous success, with almost 7,000 fans attending across the four days.
"The feedback we've received on the C.ex Coffs International Stadium has been fantastic," Jones said.
"The players were very happy with the training and playing facilities, and the Coffs Harbour City Council should be congratulated for their role in delivering a first class venue.
"The match was very well supported by the entire North Coastal cricket community. We are delighted that the venue has been approved to host the Sheffield Shield Final if the NSW Blues finish on top of the competition ladder."
Victoria (45.12 points) currently sit on top of the Sheffield Shield ladder with Queensland (38.16 points) second and NSW (35.92 points) third.
The Blues have two matches remaining against Tasmania and Victoria.
Needing to win just one of their last two matches against either Queensland or NSW, Victoria are the favourites to host the Final.
For the Blues to finish on top of the ladder they need to first of all win both their remaining fixtures, Victoria would need to lose both of their games and Queensland would need to lose at least one of their last two matches.