The T20 Blast competition gave the kids of the surrounding region the opportunity to take part in a cricket competition that will see the game continue to grow.

Seven communities were represented at the 2 day event including teams from Yuedumu, Yuelumu, Laramba, Engawala, Atitjere and the host community, Ti Tree.

Matt Henderson, the Regional Cricket Officer for Central Australia said  “It was great to see so many kids involved in the games and having a good time.  Most of them are new to the game and have never played cricket before but their natural talent really shone through”.

The teams played 4 rounds of T20Blast action, with over 70 boys and girls involved in the fun.  The coordinators from each community also learned how to play and score the game and are ready to take these skills back to their local areas to keep the kids playing and developing their skills.

After four rounds, the Laramba Community were the victors, going undefeated throughout all rounds of play. 

Alister Stevic, the Palmerston and Community Engagement Manager said that Matt had worked hard to bring the competition together, and had worked closely with the community representatives and the Central Desert Regional Council to ensure this becomes an annual event from here on.  “Through Matt’s work we can now add this T20 Blast Central Desert Cup to NT Cricket’s Remote Carnival roster, building on the success of the existing Imparja Cup and Rossy Williams Shield.  It’s a great result and achievement and we’re looking forward to it gaining more support in the years to come”.

NT Cricket would like to thank all the staff and the Central Desert Regional Council, as well as the Walpiri Youth Development Cooperation (WYDAC) for their support and enthusiasm for the T20 Blast Desert Cup.