Cricket returns to Darwin this weekend with the 2019 Darwin and Districts Cricket Competition (DDCC) getting underway on Saturday 27 April.
Underage junior teams and senior men’s teams return to action on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, with the DDCC women’s competition scheduled to commence the following weekend.
The 2019 women’s competition will be the first time a dedicated women’s league has been run in Darwin for over eight years, with women and girls getting involved in cricket in record numbers.
The return of a women’s competition comes off the back of NT Cricket conducting market research to understand how women and girls would like to structure a new women’s league, with respondents overwhelmingly expressing a desire to play on Friday nights under lights, over a 12 weeks season.
Commenting on the commencement of cricket this weekend, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said there was a significant increase in people wanting to pick up a bat and ball this dry season.
“The dry season is upon us and that means one thing: cricket’s back! We’re very excited to get the season underway again in Darwin and the feeling is shared within the community, with a strong increase in 2019 for both senior and junior team nominations.
“In addition to an increase in playing numbers across senior and junior cricket, a new women’s competition and an emerging juniors Sunday league are two very positive developments for cricket in Darwin.
“If you’re thinking about giving cricket a go for the first time this year, or getting involved in umpiring, it’s not too late. Head to playcricket.com.au to find your nearest club.”
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The positive momentum on the field has extended to outside the picket fence, with NT Cricket announcing iconic beer company, Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), having extended their longstanding partnership with NT Cricket for a further three years.
In addition to the CUB renewal, NT Cricket also confirmed that leading Territory sports medicine and physiotherapy provider, Territory Sportsmedicine, have signed on as a member of the NT Cricket family.
Speaking on the partnership announcements, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said:
“We’re delighted to extend our long running partnership with CUB for a further three years. They have been wonderful supporters of local cricket across the Northern Territory and their investment has helped to drive significant growth in the game.
“Our new partnership with Territory Sportsmedicine is an incredibly exciting one that will enable us to provide our players, coaches and umpires with a greater level of support than ever before. Territory Sportsmedicine are the leaders in their field and their professionalism and service will take cricket in the Territory to a whole new level.”
CUB’s Northern Territory Sales Manager Lincoln Jenkin said:
“CUB is excited to be helping NT Cricket invest in local sport, which plays a vital role in helping bring communities together.
“We’re delighted to be extending our long-standing partnership with NT Cricket. CUB has a long association with cricket and we’re very proud to support this great, iconic game.”
Commenting on their new partnership with NT Cricket, Territory Sportsmedicine’s Clinical Manager Lauren Peterson said:
“We’re extremely proud and excited to be partnering with NT Cricket and look forward to supporting their athletes over the coming years.”