Darwin and Districts Clubs will benefit from exposing their talented youngsters to a competitive league in Adelaide this week.  Four of our Under 16 male cricketers have a fantastic opportunity to develop their skills and bring their experience knowledge back to their local clubs for the coming season. 

Adi Dave (Southern Districts), Atish Ajaykumar (Waratah), Sam Elder (Waratah) and Cameron Hyde (Palmerston) travelled to Adelaide for training and physio assessments ahead of the League games starting on Tuesday. 

The boys will play in the Under 16 Redbacks League, which features six teams of the best male juniors in South Australia.  The League plays a pivotal role in SACA’s selection process for the SA Under 17 team, so the exposure to this cohort is a good opportunity to experience the cricket pathway in a larger state. 

Mark Sorell said “it’s a great opportunity for the boys to pit themselves against the current Under 17s in South Australia as well as experience the environment, coaching and competition in the Junior Redbacks League.  We’ll be looking to share the knowledge gained with our local clubs, to help them develop their skills in coaching and training as well, so it’s a good boost for us all”.

Our NT boys are playing in different teams in the Junior Redbacks League and will be alongside some solid players from South Australia, all vying for selection to the U17 squad.  The Darwin players are all recent NT Representatives, having played in the National Underage Championships as well as the School Sport Australia 15 and Under Championships this year and hope to do well during their time in Adelaide.

On return to Darwin, the boys will be meeting with their Club Coaches and Mark Sorell, the NT Cricket Pathways Manager, to share their experience and feedback on the structure, coaching and training methods. 


Follow the games on MyCricket – the fixtures are available HERE