Domestic cricket stars will combine with some of the best young talents in Australia and the Northern Territory to hit off in the inaugural Cricket 365 competition in the Top End this Sunday.
The tournament consisting of four teams, Southern Storm, City Cyclones, Desert Blaze, and Northern Tide, will begin with the One-Day competition this Sunday followed by the TIO Men’s T20 Strike League on August 15.
At the completion of the One-Day series, a representative Cricket Australia XI and NT Men’s Strike team will be selected to play in a best of three One-Day match series.
The program will provide great opportunities for players to develop and put their names forward to selectors through match performances.
"Playing cricket delivers better development outcomes than training, and we wanted to find a way to help players in all Australian states and territories by giving them an opportunity to play at that higher level, rather than just training indoors while it's raining and cold during the winter months,” NT Cricket Chief Executive Manager Joel Morrison said.
The Desert Blaze side will feature Sydney Thunder and New South Wales fast-bowler Chris Tremain along with last season’s Marsh One-Day Cup Player of the Year Tom Andrews.
The Tasmanian left-arm orthodox spinner, Andrews, will captain the Blaze side. His father David ‘Ronnie’ Andrews will come in as coach, bringing nine years of coaching experience in India to the Blaze team.
Sydney Sixers and New South Wales cricketers, Hayden Kerr and Jack Edwards will be in the Blaze team with Edwards set to arrive later in the competition.
The Blaze will also have in form Southern Districts batsmen, Jackson Isakka who has already scored two centuries in the Darwin Carlton Mid premier cricket competition this season when they take on the City Cyclones in a day-night match under the newly built lights at DXC Arena starting at 1:30pm on Sunday.
The City Cyclones will be captained by local NT cricketer, Alex Bleakley who scored an unbeaten century earlier in the year for the Palmerston Cricket Club.
The Cyclones will be without a few of their star players including, Australian test cricketer Kurtis Patterson and South Australia’s Henry Hunt and Lloyd Pope, who will give the team a boost when they arrive later in the 10-week tournament.
In the other game on Sunday, the Northern Tide will be strengthened in their batting line-up with New South Wales pair and housemates for their stay in Darwin at Rydges Palmerston, Jason Sanga and Ryan Hackney selected to play in the opening round.
The Northern Tide will be led by local Waratah Cricket Club captain Isaac Conway while former Sri Lankan First-Class cricketer and Waratah club coach, Udara Weerasinghe will coach the team.
The Tide will take on the Storm starting at 10:30am at Cazaly's Arena on Sunday to officially begin this year’s Cricket 365 One-Day series.
The Southern Storm will be captained by elegant Hobart Hurricanes and Tasmanian right-hand opening batsmen Mac Wright.
Talented right arm off-spin all-rounder for the Sydney Thunder and New South Wales, Arjun Nair will add some strength to the Storm with bat and ball.
The One-Day series will have each team play six matches alternating between day/night matches at DXC Arena and day games at Cazalys Arena.
The matches will be live-streamed via FrogBox and can be viewed on the MyCricket Facebook page.
Northern Tide vs. Southern Storm
10:30am at Cazaly’s Arena
Anthony Adlam, Lochie Bangs, Isaac Conway (c, wk), Joel Curtis, Ryan Hackney, Matt Hammond, Isaac Higgins, Corey Hunter, Noah McFadyen, Jason Sanga, Callum Stow.
Blade Baxter, Ash Chandrasinghe, Dean Fry, Josh Kann, Micheal Kudra (wk), Arjun Nair, Connor McInerney, Lucas Nitschke, Andrew Richards, Brodie Symonds, Mac Wright (c).
City Cyclones vs. Desert Blaze
1:30pm at DXC Arena
Alex Bleakley (c), Jackson Edmondstone, Tushaar Garg, Dylan Hunter, Kane Hurley, Campbell Kellaway, Ryan McElduff, Josh Neill, Keegan Oates, Yash Pednekar, Zac Sleeman (wk).
Tom Andrew (c), Connor Blaxell- Hill, Dylan Brasher, Hugo Burden, Coby Edmondstone, Ryan Harvey, Max Hatzoglou (wk), Hayden Kerr, Jackson Isakka, Hamish Martin, Chris Tremain, Jack White.