The countdown is officially on to the Cricket 365 representative series with today’s announcement that NT Cricket has teamed up with Chamber of Commerce NT and master coach Greg Shipperd.


NT Cricket’s partnership with Chamber of Commerce NT see’s the Territory’s largest employer association become naming rights partner of the Chamber NT Top End Series between the Northern Territory Strike and Cricket Australia XI.


The Chamber NT Top End Series sees representative cricket return to the Territory in a big way, as the NT Strike set out to make Territorians proud as they battle it out against a CA XI team set to feature some of Australia’s best young players.


The three match series will be played as a 50 over format with game one to be held at the iconic Gardens Oval on Sunday 1 August, followed by two day/night fixtures at DXC Arena on Wednesday 4 and Sunday 8 August.


And in a significant boost for the Territory ahead of the series, Sydney Sixers BBL|10 championship winning coach Greg Shipperd will be at the helm of the NT Strike.


Commenting on today’s partnership announcement NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said working with Chamber of Commerce NT would help leverage the economic benefits of Cricket 365.


“Our partnership with Chamber of Commerce NT is a further demonstration that the benefits of Cricket 365 aren’t limited to on the field.


“The 10 week Cricket 365 program involving players and teams from around Australia will generate over 2,000 bed nights alone this dry season.


“Partnering with organisations in the business of growing the north such as Chamber of Commerce NT helps us to maximise the economic benefits Cricket 365 brings to the Territory off the field.”


Chamber of Commerce NT CEO Greg Ireland said:


“Business and sport are directly linked. The underlying disciplines are identical with management, marketing and finance all important.


“By supporting NT Cricket and their Cricket 365 program Chamber NT are strengthening these linkages and highlighting the benefits for the broader community.


“Cricket 365 not only brings economic benefit to the Top End, but highlights the opportunities for those looking to live and invest in Northern Australia.”


In announcing Greg Shipperd as coach of the NT Strike, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said the benefits would extend beyond the playing group.


“We are thrilled to welcome Greg Shipperd as coach of our NT Strike team.


“Greg is one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the game and his involvement in Cricket 365 will be significant boost the development of our local players and coaches.


“Key to the success of Cricket 365 is leveraging the program to upskill and develop our local community and there is better person for our coaches to learn the art of coaching from than Greg Shipperd.”


Commenting on his appointment, Greg Shipperd said he was really looking forward to getting to Darwin to work with the players and coaches in the Top End.


“I am thrilled to join the Cricket 365 program and I’m looking forward playing a part in furthering the developing of the players and coaches. 


“I applaud the team at NT Cricket for the strategy being implemented to play elite cricket year-round, particularly with a focus on helping young players from right across the country to progress their game.


“Hopefully I can share with coaches and players some of the knowledge I have accumulated over my time in the Australian Cricket system.


“I’d also like to congratulate Chamber of Commerce NT for their support of NT Cricket who are fast becoming recognised for their innovative initiatives, including opening the door for Cricket 365 to become a permanent fixture in the Australian Cricket development pathway.”


Full details on the Chamber NT Top End Series including team selection, livestream information and ticketing details will be available soon.