AUSTRALIAN wool growers are batting well in their support for a project to make a batch of woollen Baggy Green cricket caps.
The Australian Wool Innovation project that combines the national game with our natural fibre has scored strongly with more than 100 donations of wool from generous wool growers.
Australian growers have donated about 300kg of wool to be made into the next batch of Baggy Green caps to be worn by Australian cricketers as part of the Flock to Baggy Green project.
AWI said wool from across Australia is being collected and processed into woven fabric to be donated as finished cloth to Cricket Australia next summer. Every wool grower who donates will receive a sample of the finished woven green fabric as a keepsake to place in the woolshed, office or local cricket club.
The Flock to Baggy Green project is the initiative of AWI corporate communications manager Marius Cuming and country manager Stephen Feighan who have been delighted with the strong response so far.
Mr Cuming said the generosity of wool growers is wonderful.
“We’ve had donations of wool from prize rams and lots of envelopes and bags sent to AWI, even an entire bale from one incredibly generous cricket lover in South Australia has been donated to the cause.
“It just shows the love people have for both cricket and the wool industry. All wool and any amount is most welcome,” Mr Cuming said.
Cricket Australia chief executive officer, James Sutherland said the initiative is also a reminder of the strong link between Australian cricket and rural communities, with regional areas producing some of our most talented past and present players and many more people having a personal connection to cricket.
“I am looking forward to hearing the stories of participating wool growers over the course of this project.”
AWI said wool growers have until the Friday March 30 to send a sample of their wool for the project, complete with their name, property, fibre diameter, telephone number and email address to Flock to Baggy Green, c/- AWI, GPO Box 4177, Sydney NSW 2001.
Visit www.wool.com/baggygreen for more information about how to get involved.