The response has been fantastic and shows the interest from girls and women in the top end is growing on the back of the Women's Big Bash League and the NT Women's Strike League. The Alice Springs clubs have a robust women's competition and NT Cricket is excited to be piloting a program for women and girls in the Darwin region.
The new Top End Women's Cricket Competition kicks off with a couple of training and skills sessions, to introduce new and returning cricketers to the fundamentals of bowling, batting and fielding, which will prepare them for the upcoming games. Two skills sessions will be held at Marrara Cricket Ground and coaches will be on hand to assist players as they learn and develop their skills.
The Competition itself will be in a round robin format, over five weeks, with at least four teams playing off on Friday nights, under lights at the AsBuild Sporting Complex in Palmerston. With the numbers of participants registered, we anticipate at least four teams which will allow for rotation and substitution of players and some good rivalry to develop.
With a mix of new and experienced cricketers, the format of the competition will be modified to suit the fast and fun pace that players will enjoy. Each team will face 16 overs per match, with 8 players per side. Every player will bowl 2 overs each, which keeps the competition even between new and experienced bowlers. Batters will retire when they have faced 15 balls or make 30 runs, so that everyone in the side gets a chance to bat, with retiring batters being allowed to return to the crease once the rest of the team is out. NT Cricket will also provide scorers and umpires to officiate the games.
Equipment is provided at each of the skills sessions and games, so that new players have the opportunity to try out all the gear they need before they consider purchasing their own gear.
NT Cricket offers several opportunities for girls and women to play cricket and we're looking forward to another good season ahead. This Top End Women's Cricket Competition leads right in to the NT Women's Strike League which launched last year and saw the Desert Blaze and Northern Tide franchises play off for the Crocodile Cup. NT women also have the opportunity to play higher grade and representative tournaments including the Imparja Cup, National Indigenous Cricket Championships and the Australian Country Cricket Championships all having specific divisions for women. The Alice Springs Masters Games also has a division for women (over 25's) and will be held later this year.
Top End Women's Cricket Competition Key Dates
SKILLS and TRAINING SESSIONS - Marrara Cricket Ground
|Thursday 29 March||5:30 - 7pm||Marrara Cricket Ground|
|Thursday 12 April||5:30 - 7pm||Marrara Cricket Ground|
TOP END COMPETITION GAMES - Asbuild Oval, Palmerston
|Round 1||Friday 20 April||6:00 - 8:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
|Round 1||Friday 20 April||8:00 - 10:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
|Round 2||Friday 27 April||6:00 - 8:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
|Round 2||Friday 27 April||8:00 - 10:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
|Round 3||Friday 5 May||6:00 - 8:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
|Round 3||Friday 5 May||8:00 - 10:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
|Round 4||Friday 12 May||6:00 - 8:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
|Round 4||Friday 12 May||8:00 - 10:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
|Semi Final||Friday 19 May||6:00 - 8:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
|Semi Final||Friday 19 May||8:00 - 10:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
|Grand Final||Friday 25 May||6:00 - 10:00pm||AsBuild Oval|
For more information about the Top End Women's Cricket Competition, please contact our Game Development Office, Rebecca Cummings on 0422 446 471 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org