For the 2020/21 cricket season, there are 17 players contracted for National or State teams who currently or formerly played for the ACT/NSW Country Comets. This equates to 10.3% of all contracts for what is a relatively small region.

Of the 17 contracted cricketers from the region, 9 have been actively involved in our local cricketing community. ACT/NSW Country Comets Coach Kyle Piper said, “We’re grateful to have been able to contribute to their journey in a small but hopefully meaningful way.”

These 9 contracts include two new signings – Nathan McAndrew and Benji Floros – four renewed contracts and three upgraded contracts.

  1. Nathan Lyon – Nathan is a local cricket legend in that he’s not only contracted with the Australian team, he was also an apprentice with Cricket ACT’s curator team several years back. He hails from Young originally however the right arm off-spinner played in Canberra for Western District Cricket Club, the Cricket ACT pathway and the ACT/NSW Country Comets.

  2. Matthew Gilkes – Last season Matthew was contracted as a Rookie with the NSW Blues and we’re happy to announce the batter and wicket keeper has been upgraded to a full contract. He’s from Milton but like Nathan, also played for Western District Cricket Club, the Cricket ACT pathway and the ACT/NSW Country Comets.

  3. Nathan McAndrew – Nathan McAndrew is one of two on this list who received a new contract for the 20/21 season. Nathan will be playing with the NSW Blues as a right-hand batter and medium-pace bowler. A proud Shellharbour native, he played and trained with the ACT/NSW Country Comets over the last 7 years.

  4. Henry Hunt – The South Australia Redbacks announced they have upgraded Henry’s contract from Rookie to a full contract for the upcoming season. From the country NSW town of Grenfell, Henry still managed to play a heap of cricket and develop his batting skills in the ACT region. He was a part of the Queanbeyan District Cricket Club, the Cricket ACT pathway and the ACT/NSW Country Comets.

  5. Nick Winter – Nick’s contract with the South Australia Redbacks was deservingly renewed for the 20/21 season. A lifetime Canberran, Nick developed into a first-class bowler through his time with Eastlake Cricket Club, St Edmunds, the Cricket ACT pathway, and the ACT/NSW Country Comets.

  6. Tom Rogers – Tom is another Canberran bowler who we’ve pleasingly watched rise through the ranks, including having his contract renewed with the Tasmanian Tigers for 2020/21. As a boy and young man in the ACT he played with Weston Creek Molonglo Cricket Club, Daramalan, the Cricket ACT pathway and the ACT/NSW Country Comets.

  7. Mac Wright – The Tasmanian Tigers announced they have upgraded Mac’s contract from Rookie to a full contract for the coming season. From the small town of Pambula NSW, the right-hand batter pursued his cricketing career in the ACT and played for Weston Creek Molonglo Cricket Club, the Cricket ACT pathway and the ACT/NSW Country Comets.

  8. Benji Floros – As announced last month, Cricket ACT are proud that Canberra local and medium-pace bowler Benji Floros received a first-class Rookie contract with the Queensland Bulls. Growing up in Canberra Benji played for Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club, the Cricket ACT pathway and the ACT/NSW Country Comets – all alongside years of a successful indoor cricket career.

  9. Jason Behrendorff – As far as local players on the national stage, Jason Behrendorff is somewhat of a veteran and his contract with the Western Australia Warriors was renewed for 2020/21. Born and bred in Canberra, the left-arm medium bowler also played for Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club, the Cricket ACT pathway and the ACT/NSW Country Comets.

    While the ACT/NSW Country region is small in size, it’s large in talent. This is no doubt credit to the tireless efforts of our local coaches, administrators, volunteers, friends, family and the players themselves.

    Cricket ACT congratulates all those who received a contract for the upcoming season, and we look forward to seeing their careers flourish.