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Tatts to celebrate half century

Anniversary celebrations and an international signing begin the year for cricket club

Tatts’ new signing, Vanuatu cricketer Jelany Chilia, will more than likely make his debut for the club on Friday, January 19 in a T20 match against Crossroads Hotel at Collins Park.

2018 marks the Tatts Cricket Club’s 50th year as a Narrabri cricket outfit.

Anniversary celebrations have been organised for Friday and Saturday, January 12 and 13, during, before and after the club’s first and second grade sides’ respective T20 matches against RSL.

But it is January 15 that is most eagerly anticipated.

Tatts announced late last year that the club had secured its first-ever international signing, who will arrive to town two days after the anniversary celebration.

Vanuatu national team cricketer Jelany Chilia will link up with the club midway through the month, before more than likely debuting on Friday, January 19 in Tatts’ final regular-season T20 match against Crossroads Hotel at Collins Park.

Chilia has already arrived in Australia.

He was selected in the East Asia Pacific team that will compete at the 2018 Australian Country Cricket Championships in Western Australia, which will begin tomorrow.

Tatts Cricket Club president Brendon Ward said that the signing was a major coup for the club.

He was impressed by the off-spinning allrounder during Tatts’ tour of Vanuatu back in August, and said that the club was happy to snap him up when it learned of his availability.