Giant cricket bat pulls in tourists to Narrikup
Installed in July 2015, the bat forms a part of the uniquely Australian tradition of oversized roadside objects. And it's quickly gaining presence on social media.
Believed to be the biggest cricket bat in the southern hemisphere, it has become a pit stop for tourists passing on the nearby Albany Highway.
Narrikup Cricket Club member, Tony Poad, pioneered the project. He said the cricket bat has become a focal point for the small town.
"I think it's really brought the community together, it's brought a lot more spectators down here.
"Everybody's having a look, talking about it, sharing it with their friends and telling their relatives. People are dropping in all over the place," he said.
"Nearly every time we've been down here doing a busy-bee, there's at least three or four cars drop in and people taking photos of their kids in front of the bat. It's going really well."
A call for worn, old, or unused bats
The oversized structure is a part of Narrikup Cricket Club's project to build their boundary fence out of bats donated from around Australia.
With 12 panels of the fence already standing, the club requires an additional 2300 bats to enclose the pitch.
Tony said that community cricket clubs have pulled together to contribute. Individuals have also donated their personally inscribed bats.
One such donation came from Ross Smallwood, who played for Narrikup between 1954 to 1990.
Tony believes a few more bats could be donated by Narrikup players this season.
"I had the idea that anyone who gets three ducks this year, their bat goes in the fence because there's more chance of the ball hitting it that way. They didn't like that idea."
Organiser has never played a match
In an unexpected twist, the dedicated committee member has had limited involvement in playing cricket.
"I've never played a game of cricket in my life. I've never even watched a cricket game. I'm usually busy doing the cooking or getting the smokos ready," he said.
"They keep trying to talk me into it and I keep telling them, 'When you get Dennis Lillee to bowl to me I might actually white up', but I don't think it's going to happen."