Cricket returns to Centennial

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

It has been more than 20 years since cricket was played at Centennial Oval, but matches finally returned to the former home of cricket in Albany last weekend.

Albany Cricket Association and Albany Junior Cricket Association matches were played at the new ground last Saturday, signalling the return of cricket to the location for the first time since the late 1980s.

In its heyday, Centennial Oval hosted teams including the powerful West Indies in 1985 when they took on the WA Country XI in front of more than 4000 fans.

Windies greats including Richie Richardson and Gordon Greenidge took part alongside past WA greats.

Part of the overall multimillion- dollar Centennial Park sporting precinct redevelopment, the new ground features a synthetic pitch replacing the one used at the western precinct next to the practice nets.

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The first ACA match, a C-grade encounter between North County and Denmark, was won by the latter by 37 runs.

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