In addition to having naming rights to the Pathway Program, the CDC Data Centres sponsorship will provide a sizeable expansion to ACT’s cricketing programs, including the introduction of a new 22 team competition – the CDC Bash.

The CDC Data Centres Pathway Program will provide local cricketers with more opportunities than ever before. Specifically, the CDC Bash will provide 264 players from Canberra and the surrounding region with the opportunity to develop and test their skills against high-level competitors.

James Allsopp, Cricket ACT CEO, said “Cricket ACT welcomes the continued investment from Greg Boorer and the CDC Data Centres team. In these uncertain times, this partnership provides stability and a positive message that Cricket ACT is planning to exit the COVID pandemic in a healthy state.”

The CDC Bash model is based off last season’s successful Female T20 Bash. Cricket ACT’s High Performance team took the concept of a four team franchise competition – Northern Frenzy, Southern Pride, Western Crash and Eastern Fever – and expanded it into a larger scale tournament which will include U12/13 Males, U14/15 Males, U17/18/19 Men, Female Pathway Cricketers, Senior Men, and the original Meteors/Senior Women/U16 Boys from last year’s competition.

CDC Data Centres CEO Greg Boorer said, “I look forward to watching the Cricket ACT pathway program grow to become the best, and best performing, junior development program in Australia. I think that needs to be the ambition at a minimum and hopefully our contribution will be the beginning of something quite special for cricket in the ACT.”

The U12/13 Boys, U14/15 Boys, Female Pathway Cricketers and Meteors/Senior Women/U16 Boys will have 6 matches in each respective cohort.

The U17/18/19 Men competition will be integrated into the Elite 19s whereby the 4 local ACT teams will participate under the CDC Bash umbrella – the details of the Elite 19s tournament are still in progress.

The Senior Men competition is based off last year’s All Stars 4 Mental Health Match where we saw the best of ACT’s north take on the best of ACT’s south. This season, the competition will be a tri-series with one of the matches remaining the All Stars 4 Mental Health Match.

All matches except for a handful in the U17/18/19 Men competition are going to be played in a T20 format.

Cricket ACT are also pursuing the possibility of having a finals carnival at Manuka Oval for a number of these competitions.

On top of these enhancements to the pathway program, CDC Data Centres will also be a supporting partner of a potential U15s National Championships, which may be held next summer in Canberra. While this competition is not yet confirmed, Cricket ACT are continuously investigating opportunities to challenge our local players and enhance their development.

High Performance Manager Olivia Thornton said, “In addition to the CDC Bash, the proposed National Championships will provide both the U15 Male and U15 Female ACT teams with quality competitive playing opportunities against the best opposition available. This will be invaluable for their ongoing development. The CDC Bash will be used as a selection tool for the U15s National Championships.”

CEO James Allsopp concluded, “One of Cricket ACT’s key goals is to make the Canberra region a talent hotspot within Australia. For years we have shown the strength of our program in the ACT which includes the development of first-class cricketers such as Bevan, Haddin, Lyon, Britt and Behrendorff. CDC Data Centres’ generous contribution to our organisation will enable us to continue to punch above our weight and support the growth of cricket both locally and nationally.”