The below is an update from NT Cricket on activities in the Darwin and Katherine following today’s update by the NT Government regarding the current lockdown restrictions in the Darwin and Katherine regions.
Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars Update
Following the decision by the Victorian Government yesterday to extend lockdown restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne until Thursday 2 September, the Melbourne Renegades and Stars are unable to travel to the Northern Territory to take part in the 2021 TIO Men’s Strike League T20 Tournament.
While ongoing restrictions will prevent the teams from getting to Darwin in 2021, both Big Bash clubs have committed to take part in the 2022 tournament.
In a joint statement issued earlier today, Melbourne Stars Interim GM Blair Crouch and Melbourne Renegades GM James Rosengarten said:
“We’re obviously disappointed that the academy sides at both clubs are unable to compete in this year’s edition of the TIO Strike League.
“We are strong supporters of the Strike League and the playing opportunities the Cricket 365 program provides to southern states in particular.
“We’d like to extend our thanks to NT Cricket for their planning support to date and we look forward to being able to compete next year without the challenges we’re currently experiencing.”
NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said:
“It’s disappointing that the Melbourne Big Bash teams can’t make it to Darwin this year, but we really appreciate the approach both took to give themselves every chance of playing in the tournament despite the ongoing challenges presented by coronavirus.
“Their early commitment to making the trip to Darwin in 2022 is a vote of confidence in our Cricket 365 program and we look forward to hosting them next year.”
TIO Men’s Strike League T20 Tournament Update
The fixture has been revised following the postponement of play in Darwin due to the ongoing lockdown and forced withdrawal of the Melbourne Renegades and Stars.
Pending the Darwin lockdown ending at 12pm Thursday 19 August as planned and cricket activities being approved to resume, the tournament will recommence at 6pm that evening at DXC Arena with the City Cyclones taking on the Southern Storm.
The revised fixture will see the City Cyclones, Desert Blaze, Northern Tide and Southern Storm play four qualifying matches each ahead of the Final on Friday 27 August.
The updated fixture is below, noting it is subject to change and dependent on the latest NT Government advice.
|DATE||GROUND||START (CST)||TEAM 1||TEAM 2|
|Sunday, 15 August 2021||DXC Arena||6:00pm||City Cyclones||Desert Blaze|
|Monday, 16 August 2021|
|Tuesday, 17 August 2021|
|Wednesday, 18 August 2021|
|Thursday, 19 August 2021||DXC Arena||6:00pm||City Cyclones||Southern Storm|
|Friday, 20 August 2021||DXC Arena||6:00pm||Desert Blaze||Northern Tide|
|Saturday, 21 August 2021|
|Sunday, 22 August 2021||DXC Arena||6:00pm||Northern Tide||Southern Storm|
|Monday, 23 August 2021||DXC Arena||6:00pm||Southern Storm||Desert Blaze|
|Tuesday, 24 August 2021||DXC Arena||6:00pm||Northern Tide||City Cyclones|
|Wednesday, 25 August 2021||DXC Arena||6:00pm||Desert Blaze||Southern Storm|
|Thursday, 26 August 2021||DXC Arena||6:00pm||City Cyclones||Northern Tide|
|Friday, 27 August 2021||DXC Arena||6:00pm||1||2|
Darwin and Districts Cricket Competition Update
The Darwin Cricket Management Committee are reviewing plans for the upcoming weekend of cricket and will provide an update in the coming days.
Katherine Districts Cricket Competition Update
The Katherine Cricket committee are reviewing plans for the upcoming weekend of cricket and will provide an update in the coming days.
We encourage our community across the Northern Territory to following the NT Government directives during the lockdown, and more generally, continue to:
Check in to all venues using the Territory Covid-19 check in app
Get tested and isolate if you develop symptoms
Practice good personal hygiene by regularly washing hands and using hand sanitiser
Keep 1.5m distance where possible
Follow Cricket Australia’s Covid-19 safety guidelines, and