The countdown is on to the Charles Darwin University Top End T20 with today’s announcement of the Northern Territory men's team and return of master coach Greg Shipperd.
 
The CDU Top End T20 will see the NT Strike battle it out against Academy teams from the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars , the Papua New Guinea national team and a Cricket Australia invitational XI set to feature some of Australia’s best young players.
 
Territorians and current West Australian and Hobart Hurricanes contracted player D’Arcy Short, along with Tasmanian Tiger’s Tom Andrews, return to Darwin to headline a strong NT Strike outfit, to be skippered by Southern Districts Cricket Club’s Matthew Hammond.
 
Also returning to the Top End is Sydney Sixers BBL|09 and BBL|10 championship winning coach Greg Shipperd who will once again be at the helm of the NT Strike.
 
Commenting on the NT Strike team, NT Cricket’s Head of Cricket Darren Treumer said he was excited about the talent and depth representing the Territory.
 
“It’s great to have D’Arcy back in the ochre and black for the Territory, and for Tom to return following his involvement in 2021.
 
“All of the players have represented the Northern Territory at some stage in their playing career, and I know they are all eager again pull on the black and ochre and put some wins on the board for the NT against quality opposition,” said Treumer.
 
In announcing Greg Shipperd as coach of the NT Strike, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said the benefits would extend beyond the playing group.
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Greg Shipperd back as coach of our NT Strike team.
 
“Greg is one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the game and his involvement in Cricket 365 will again be a significant boost to the development of our local players and coaches.
 
“Key to the success of Cricket 365 is leveraging the program to upskill and develop our local community and there is no better person for our coaches to learn the art of coaching from than Greg Shipperd.”

Commenting on his return to Darwin, Greg Shipperd said he was looking forward to again participating in the innovative Cricket 365 program. 

"I have seen first hand players making great progress in their development through this injection of highly competitive off season games. They are taking learnings from their participation and making an impact back in their state programs.

"Last season it was Hayden Kerr, Chris Tremain, Tom Andrews, Beau Webster, Ash Chandrasinghe, and Mac Wright who shone through and I'm looking forward to seeing who will it be this season as the BBL coaches closely monitor performances in this seasons T20 program highlighting some of Australia’s best talent.

"It's a privileged to be the Territory mentor, I’m impressed with the talent on hand and hoping to pass on some wisdom about our great game cricket that will assist in their cricketing journey.”
 
Northern Territory Strike
Matthew Hammond ©
Ash Chandrasinghe
Antum Naqvi
Dylan Brasher
Dean Fry
Tom Andrews (vc)
Corey Kelly
Michael Kudra
Alex Bleakley
Hamish Martin
Tom Menzies
Ben Ellis
D’Arcy Short