Westfields Sports High School open new cricket nets

Net generation: Westfields Sports High School cricketers check out their new cricket nets last week. They sit alongside the old cricket nets at the school. Picture: Chris Lane
Net generation: Westfields Sports High School cricketers check out their new cricket nets last week. They sit alongside the old cricket nets at the school. Picture: Chris Lane

The old cricket nets that Australian cricketers Michael Clarke and Usman Khawaja used to fine-tune their craft at Westfields Sports High School are gone (well, pushed to the side).

And in their place are four full synthetic pitches that stack up to any training facility in Australia.

The new cricket nets were officially opened last week by Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones and Fairfield MP Guy Zangari.

The state-of-the-art facilities were made possible through the collaborative efforts of  Cricket NSW, Westfield Sports, Community Building Partnership grants and McDonald’s community grants.

First X1 captain Jackson Isakka said the new facilities were a “great opportunity” for the cricketers.

“The nets are full synthetic so they allow us to separate them to bat in individual nets or leave them open and practice fielding,” he said.

“The old nets will still be there to use as well so it gives us more opportunities to train and learn.”

The school has a long association of developing representative cricketers and winning competitions.

The school is currently undefeated in their quest to win another NSW State Schools Davidson Shield competition.

Former Westfields student Daniel Solway is the leading run scorer in the NSW Premier Cricket competition with 527 runs at an average of 105.

Fairfield Mp Guy Zangari said: "The new cricket nets at Westfields Sports are phenomenal and will be of tremendous benefit to the school and our local community for many years to come.”