Jamie Saunders and (back) Kane Saunders, Luke Cullen, Sadit Reza and Shium Reza had their Liz Hurley banner confiscated at the Gabba.
Jamie Saunders and (back) Kane Saunders, Luke Cullen, Sadit Reza and Shium Reza had their Liz Hurley banner confiscated at the Gabba. Emma Channon

Hurley banner bumped

IT IS the time of year when Warwick families go cricket mad.

But while many happily glue themselves to an armchair for the Boxing Day Test, a group of locals have been left with a bad taste in their mouths after travelling to the Gabba to enjoy some cricket.

About 21 members of the Diggers cricket club travelled to Brisbane last week to watch the KFC Twenty20, for what they thought would be a good day of cricket and trying their luck to get onto the big screen.

The group had put together a cheeky Liz Hurley banner to help do this, made by Zooma Signs, but one of the group members, Colin O'Brien, said their plan was soon dashed.

"It was just for a bit of fun," he said.

"As we went through the gate I didn't try and hide it, I told them about it and we opened the sign to show security cameras. After about five to 10 minutes a message came back from the security guards that we weren't allowed to use it."

The sign itself isn't apparently offensive, inscribed with the words 'Liz Hurley Fan Club ... Yeah Baby!' and a picture of a pair of pink lips.

Mr O'Brien said there didn't appear to be any solid reason given to them from the Gabba staff as to why the sign was taken away.

"A lady from spectator liaison had a chat with me and said we wouldn't be able to take it in," he said.

"She gave a couple of reasons but I reassured her about them.

"We had the front two rows and I said we wouldn't hang the sign up in front of other advertisers in the oval and I said we'd hold it between overs. She also asked 'what about the people around you' and I said it wouldn't be a problem because we had the two rows of seats, but they wouldn't change their minds."

Mr O'Brien later checked the Gabba's website for the regulations on banners, but there wasn't anything he saw to say the group would have breached the guidelines.

After the game, the group went to collect the banner from the office but were told it wasn't there and were forced to leave emptyhanded.

Despite written contact to the administration since, Mr O'Brien said he was yet to receive any form of apology or word about when they could collect the banner.

He said the group had only wanted to use the banner as a comical gesture, wanting to get into the spirit of the cricket and pay homage to Warnie's new missus.

"It was a dampener but you deal with it, you don't let it spoil your night - everyone still had fun," he said. "It's just disappointing you're not given a legitimate reason and you get inside and see other banners.

"It would have been different if we had been holding it up and annoying other spectators and the security came and got it, but it wasn't like that at all.

"I've left my details with them so they can get in touch and post it back when they find it, but I've not heard anything since."

The Warwick Daily News attempted to contact the Gabba for a response, but all administration staff are on holiday.


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