Shell V-Power Racing Team drivers Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison have swapped their Supercar Ford Mustang GT for a bat and ball and taken to the field for what has become an annual cricket game with NT Cricket at DXC Arena. The match highlights these thriving relationships and showcases Darwin as an Australian winter sporting hub.

DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), who are the premier partner of NT Cricket and a major partner of the Shell V-Power Racing Team, took Anton and Will along with some of NT Cricket’s Cricket 365 players and students from Darwin Middle School through the wonders of DXC’s Virtual World prior to the match.

DXC’s Virtual World represents a metaverse, which is basically a persistent shared virtual environment where anyone, as an avatar, can meet and interact with other people and engage in a wide array of virtual activities. The metaverse can be used to work, play, learn or do all three. Its applications in the enterprise are limitless and it can also be a great tool to support virtual communities and promote collaboration.

All three organisations share a vision of growth and inclusion for the Territory – one that encourages greater indigenous participation, drives development of innovation and skills, and help communities build new talent pathways.

Shell V-Power Racing Team Driver of Car No. 11 Anton De Pasquale said “It was great to get back out on the cricket pitch and have a hit ahead of this weekend’s event. It’s not every day you get to play cricket with a former Australian player, so it was great to learn some new skills and play with the local kids from Darwin Middle School.

“It was also great to learn about DXC’s Virtual World and experience that for myself.”

Shell V-Power Racing Team Driver of Car No. 17 Will Davison said “It was awesome to be playing cricket again, up here in Darwin. We had a great time last year and to involve the kids from Darwin Middle School this time around was great.

“The virtual world DXC has created is really cool and it was great to see that in person as well.”

President of DXC Technology Asia Pacific, Seelan Nayagam, said, “DXC is committed to helping businesses in the Territory realise the full potential of technology, so we're delighted to be working with NT Cricket and the Shell V-Power Racing Team who share our vision of growth and inclusionTogether, we are encouraging greater indigenous participation, driving the development of innovation and skills, and helping communities build new talent pathways and better futures.”

He added that the partnership between the three organisations is focused on supporting Northern Territory players' development and cementing Darwin as a destination of choice for cricketers all year around. At the same time, bringing together the DXC team, cricketers and the drivers from the Shell V-Power Racing Team helps foster and showcase the wonderful northern community spirit.

NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said that thanks to the support of DXC Technology, the organisation has been able to build their cricket program and bring Australian cricket's high-performance program to the Top End each winter, enabling NT Cricket to showcase the Territory as an ideal place to work, study, live and play.

"NT Cricket’s innovative program called Cricket 365 sees thirty of Australia's best young cricketers combine with the Territory's best players for eight weeks of elite cricket in the Top End every winter.

"The program is designed to showcase the next generation of Australia's cricketing superstars to talent scouts leading into the summer of cricket, enhance the development of Territory players and create a highly-visible platform to promote cricket and our northern community," said Morrison.

To learn more about this weekend's Darwin Triple Crown, visit www.supercars.com.au or Cricket 365 visit www.ntcricket.com.au