Giant eight metre tall bat in place at Narrikup Cricket Club
A white picket fence around the cricket pitch has become an iconic image in Australia. But there's one small regional WA cricket club that is taking it a step further.
Over the past few months the Narrikup Cricket Club in Narrikup has been collecting bats from around the country to make a panelled fence surrounding their oval.
Organising the whole venture is Tony Poad, his son plays for the club and at first he built a gate made of bats for him to walk through, but needless to say the plan escalated quickly.
The club now has a just made their biggest addition to the collection yet; an eight metre tall cricket bat.
Tony Poad told ABC Drive WA that it was thanks to that program that he found out about the unique treasure.
"It all fell into place. After I talked to Barry [Nicholls] last time, a couple of hours later I got a call for the office there, and they said a bloke had rung, he's got a bat for us, can you call him back?"
Tony says he wasted no time investigating and jumping on the phone.
"He said I've got a bat here but I'm not sure if you're interested...It's eight and a half metres long...I thought, I've got to see this...so I raced around to have a look."
"He had it trussed up in his shed...I put the call out to the boys, I said I need six guys down here. I lowered it down from the roof and painted it all up."
"I got hold of a bat manufacturer...and it's all decaled up to look like one of our bats now and it's sitting outside our club house."
How big is big?
As to where the bat came from, Tony says it was an ambitious venture from years ago.
"As guy made it for a business in Albany years ago...My understanding of the story is he wanted to make it the biggest bat in the world. But then he found out there were a few others."
Although 8 metres is impressive, it's not the biggest in the world.
"Bangladesh have got one that's just about 33 metres" says Tony, but by Australian standards, it's up there.
"As far as my understanding it's the biggest in Australia and the biggest in the southern hemisphere."
As for the cricket bat fence, Tony says it's still a work in progress, but they're getting more bats all the time.