Big-hitting Ollie Davies, who stole the show last summer as one of the KFC Big Bash League’s hottest rookies, is urging Sydney Thunder fans to turn their two home grounds into a “Sea of Green” throughout BBL|11.
Tickets to Sydney Showground Stadium (Ticketmaster) and Canberra’s Manuka Oval (Ticketek) go on sale today (Thursday November 11) at 3pm.
Family friendly ticket prices for the nation’s most exciting summer fun begin at $5 for children; concessions from $15; adults from $23, and just $46 for families.
Despite spending their entire KFC BBL|10 campaign on the road, Thunder played an exciting brand of cricket to qualify for the finals. The season also heralded the arrival of Davies and Thunder's 19-year-old spin bowler, Tanveer Sangha, who finished the summer with 21 wickets.
Davies, who turned 21 last month, became an instant hero to thousands of children across the nation when he lit up Manuka Oval by smashing five consecutive sixes against the Melbourne Renegades. He said he was excited by the prospect of taking strike for the first time in his burgeoning career at Thunder Nation’s Sydney Showground Stadium.
“It was very exciting to play matches at Manuka last summer, the crowd was amazing . . . to have the support I did from the locals was incredible because I really wasn’t expecting that,” said Davies.
“It excites me to think we’re playing at Sydney Showground Stadium this summer. I’ve heard from all the players who’ve played there that it’s a stadium with a tremendous atmosphere, an exciting one which inspires everyone.
“I’ve been told to expect to be blown away by the ‘Sea of Green’ – that’s the fans in the stands wearing their Thunder gear - which greets the players when they run onto the field. I just can’t wait to experience it!”
Davies said he recommended that parents take their children to watch the games live to allow them to enjoy the thrill of an exciting format which encourages plenty of dash and dare. He added that it could even inspire the children to throw themselves into a sport which has plenty of benefits, including making friends, developing co-ordination, being part of a team, and even forming a life-long passion.
“BBL matches are exciting for young fans because, being such a short form of the game, the players take more risks,” he said. “That can result in batters hitting big sixes, fielders taking spectacular catches, and bowlers taking some great wickets.”
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Davies said what he loves about the KFC BBL’s T20 format is that it inspires youngsters to follow their dreams.
“I think another reason to take children to watch a BBL match is because it can inspire them to dream to be out there and among it one day," he said.
"Watching cricket on television is awesome, but to go to these matches allows for kids to see that the game is played with a normal cricket ball; the people playing in the matches are just normal humans, and they might also think that, maybe . . . with a bit of hard work . . . they might make it.
“I hope we see plenty of families – all wearing their green shirts and caps – and being a part of Thunder Nation at Sydney Showground Stadium and Manuka Oval. It’s going to be a special summer.”
Sydney Thunder - BBL|11 - full list of home fixtures (All times AEDT):
v. Brisbane Heat | Monday, December 6 | 7.15pm | Manuka Oval
v. Melbourne Stars| Sunday, December 12 | 7.15pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
v. Sydney Sixers | Sunday, December 26 | 6.05pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
v. Perth Scorchers | Tuesday, December 28 | 7.15pm | Manuka Oval
v. Adelaide Strikers | Sunday, January 2 | 7.15pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
v. Hobart Hurricanes| Thursday, January 13 | 4.00pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
v. Melbourne Renegades presented by GambleAware | Wednesday, January 19 | 4.40pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
Thunder fans can catch all the action LIVE on Channel 7, Fox Cricket and Kayo