Northern Territory Cricket has partnered with the Darwin and Districts Cricket Competition (DDCC), Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Cricket Australia (CA) to launch the CDU Top End T20 and celebrate the return of cricket in Australia.

The CDU Top End T20 is a round-robin T20 carnival to be held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (6-8 June) featuring the seven DDCC Premier Grade Clubs, along with a DDCC Invitational XI. Across the weekend matches will be held at Marrara Cricket Ground, Gardens Oval and Cazaly’s Oval.

All six matches played on the main oval at Marrara Cricket Ground will be live streamed on Cricket Australia’s MyCricket Facebook page thanks to broadcast partner CDU, with CA’s online platforms making the CDU Top End T20 available to a global audience. In addition, CA will promote the CDU Top End T20 via cricket.com.au and its various Facebook pages.

CDU Top End T20 pool matches will be played on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June, with the top two team from Pool A and Pool B to determine the Semi Final match ups. The two Semi Finals will take place on Monday 8 June at 10am CST, followed by the Grand Final in the afternoon at 2:30pm CST.

See here for the fixture.

An expert commentary team featuring Rob Cross, Ian Butterworth, the ABC’s Shannon Byrne and the NT News’ Grey Morris head up the broadcast, bringing a depth of knowledge of cricket in the north spanning over 40 years.

NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said the CDU Top End T20 was a great example of organizations coming together to support the community.

“The CDU Top End T20 will be a great celebration of cricket and our wonderful Top End community.

“Thanks to the support of CDU, CA and the DDCC, we have a unique opportunity to showcase Darwin’s wonderful dry season to a global audience, as well as celebrate the return of cricket after a period of unprecedented disruption to the game.”

CDU Vice Chancellor Simon Maddocks said Charles Darwin University is delighted to be part of the return of cricket to Australia – and the world. 

“The global broadcast of these matches will help CDU to promote our great study opportunities to key international markets.”

Darwin Cricket Management Committee Chair Lachlan Baird said it was a great opportunity to celebrate the resumption of cricket and wonderful to be able to share it with the wider cricket community.

“Thanks to CDU and CA we have a unique opportunity to showcase Darwin’s winter cricket season to the world.

“As one of the first cricket competitions to resume playing it is a fantastic opportunity to promote Darwin as a high quality destination to play cricket in winter.”

CA’s Head of Digital Patrick Horan said providing the opportunity for its audience to enjoy live cricket so soon was a fantastic turn of events.

“As much as we’ve enjoyed providing plenty of archive action in recent weeks, it’s an enormous pleasure to be able to showcase some live cricket taking place on Australian soil.

“No doubt this carnival will provide some wonderful entertainment as well as a beacon of hope to the cricketing world.”