Cricket NSW has welcomed a $9 million NSW Government commitment to upgrade Mark Taylor Oval at Hornsby as a regional cricket hub.

The plan incorporates a makeover of the playing surface, an Indoor Cricket Centre that includes community use, and a new pavilion incorporating seating, universal changerooms, clubrooms for cricket and rugby, and meeting rooms.

Home of Northern District, the Premier Cricket Club has a strong women’s and girl’s program but inadequate facilities which will be improved to elite level.

The club’s women’s division has grown rapidly since it began in 2005, with NDCC claiming more women in the NSW pathway programs than any other Sydney club.

However, the changerooms and bathrooms are designed for male use and the public toilet facilities are poor despite growing female use.

Ranked the second-best ground in NSW Grade Cricket 20 years ago, Mark Taylor Oval is now ranked 19th out of 20 Premier Clubs and is one of the grounds where matches are mostly regularly washed out.

Cricket NSW Chief Executive Lee Germon believes it is an important development for cricket in the region.

“A refreshed and upgraded Mark Taylor Oval will be an important regional level cricket facility and an asset to the people of Hornsby and the surrounding area, and the Northern District Cricket Club,” Mr Germon said.

“It will provide quality facilities for male and female players, catering for the more than 5700 cricket participants in the area, and, once completed, have the potential to support elite women’s cricket.

“The new Indoor Cricket and Community Centre proposed for the site will cater to thousands of Northern Suburbs community users each year.”