Shield fixture to be played as Hughes tribute


The West End Redbacks and NSW Blues will honour the memory of Phillip Hughes this season, with their round eight Sheffield Shield match to be played in Coffs Harbour as a tribute match.

The match will be held from 25-28 February, 2016 at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium, located less than 60km from Hughes’ home town of Macksville.

Hughes tragically passed away two days after being struck while batting on day one of the West End Redbacks Sheffield Shield match against the NSW Blues in November 2015.

"There are really no words that can describe the loss we all felt after the tragic passing of Phillip," said SACA Chief Executive, Keith Bradshaw.

"This match is but one way to remember our friend and much-loved team mate so close to his home town."

West End Redbacks vice-captain and wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman will travel to Coffs Harbour and will join NSW fast bowler Doug Bollinger, Cr Denise Knight, Mayor Coffs Harbour City, and Cricket NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium to officially launch the match.

Jones said that the Phillip Hughes Tribute match was an opportunity for the local community to celebrate Hughes’ life and career alongside his former team mates, while supporting the game he was passionate about.

"Phillip was a wonderful player for NSW, South Australia and Australia, and a proud representative of Macksville and North Coast cricket. Tragically, he left us last year but he still remains in our hearts," said Jones.

"Cricket NSW is delighted that with the support of Coffs Harbour City Council, we are able to play a tribute fixture in a region where Phillip was a favourite son."

The full West End Redbacks 2015-16 season fixture will be available later this week.