Cricket World Cup fever is heating up in Sydney. Next month, Australia and New Zealand will host international cricket’s most important tournament, The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, from 27 February – 26 March 2015.
Five matches will be played at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) including a clash between Australia and Sri Lanka on 8 March, with the ground also set to host both a quarter final and a semi-final.
For cricket lovers and families looking to sharpen their own game ahead of the Cricket World Cup, here are seven of the best cricket grounds in Sydney for a friendly match.
Centennial Parklands, Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs
Centennial Park is an urban oasis featuring over 189 hectares of open space. It is home to a diverse range of sports fields including cricket grounds perfect for a practice or competitive game amongst friends. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy a picnic in the lush and picturesque park or try out one of the other fields perfect for baseball, hockey, soccer or rugby.
St Leonards Park, North Sydney
St Leonards Park is one the largest parks in North Sydney and is home to one of the oldest cricket grounds in Australia, North Sydney Oval, as well as the Bon Andrews Oval. Featuring cricket nets, a cricket wicket and bowling greens, North Sydney Oval is an ideal spot for a hit. A custom-design playground featuring a music zone with working instruments, a large landscaped sandpit with diggers and conveyor belt and a life-size Snakes and Ladders game means the kids will also be entertained for the whole day too.
Strathfield Park, Strathfield
A local favourite, Strathfield Park offers two synthetic cricket wickets for hire alongside a mix of sports facilities for either structured sports or fun family games. Featuring three cricket and soccer fields, basketball, netball and volleyball courts and large expanses of grass, seating areas and barbeque facilities, the park is the perfect place to spend the day. Three children’s playgrounds, public toilets and a kiosk round off the offering.
Jubilee Park, Glebe
Jubliee Oval is nestled within Jubliee Park, one of four parks along the Glebe foreshore featuring more than 17 hectares of lush grass, children’s playgrounds, dog-friendly areas and sports fields. The park features an historic cricket pavilion and cricket field available for hire along with modern changing facilities onsite for players. The sports field is also ideal for a game of Australian Rules Football or hockey, while the children’s playground is a great spot following a recent upgrade.
Sydney Park, St Peters
Sydney Park sits south of the city and is a picturesque park recognisable by the historic brick kilns rising up from the park’s north-west. The Alan Davidson Oval within the park, is the perfect spot for a cricket game and practice nets are also available. The family can check out the one-of-a-kind playground, cycle, have a barbeque or check out one of the park’s cafés.
Alexandria Park, Alexandria
Alexandria Park is a sports lover’s paradise with a multipurpose sports field and tennis and basketball courts available for hire. The oval is an ideal spot for a game of cricket whilst the whole family is well catered for with sheltered picnic areas, a fenced children’s playground, bicycle parking and off-leash areas for the dog.
Rushcutters Bay Park, Rushcutters Bay
Rushcutters Bay Park sits on a prime waterfront location with views back to the city and includes the Reg Bartley Oval. The park caters for a variety of sports including cricket, tennis, rugby union and soccer and is also a great place to enjoy a picnic or a bite to eat in the onsite café.
For more information on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, visit www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-world-cup.
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