- Manuka Oval to host a JLT Sheffield Shield match between NSW and Queensland from Friday 16 November – Monday 19 November
- Abode Hotels ACT Meteors to play Victoria (9th November) and Western Australia (11th November) at Manuka Oval
- The Toyota Futures League will now be a mixture of red and white ball cricket with a Twenty20 component added to the traditional four-day format
- Canberra will host the 2018 National Championship - Under 15’s Female from 20-26 February
Cricket Australia has today announced the 2018/19 domestic schedule with a number of big matches heading to Canberra.
Cricket ACT’s General Manager High Performance James Allsopp commented on the fixtures.
“The Shield game between NSW and Queensland is the perfect dress rehearsal for the inaugural Men’s test match that will be played at Manuka Oval next February,” said Allsopp
“The fixture in itself, defending champions Queensland versus a proud and what is sure to be very determined NSW side led by newly appointed coach Phil Jacques is sure to be a brilliant spectacle.”
The Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) will take a similar structure to last summer, with our Abode Hotels ACT Meteors to play six matches across three weekends, with their season commencing against Tasmania on September 21.
The ACT/NSW Country Comets season will start on the 8th October against Queensland at Manuka Oval with a four-day fixture. The Toyota Futures League will now also include Twenty20 matches in the schedule.
“The Twenty20 game is growing and evolving at a rapid rate and the Toyota Futures League Twenty20 competition will provide ACT and NSW country’s most promising cricketers with the opportunity to showcase their skills against talented players from throughout the country,”
“I have no doubt what so ever that success and strong performances in this tournament will lead to Big Bash opportunities the following Summer as franchise talent mangers will watch this tournament with great interest.”
The National Championships – Under 15 female will be played in Canberra in February featuring the county’s most talented up and coming female cricketers.
“As we continue to drive female cricket at grass root and high performance levels, it is fantastic that CA have entrusted us with hosting such a significant national carnival for the female game,”
“With ten teams, plus families and supporters traveling to Canberra, it also provides the Canberra community with a healthy injection into the economy as we showcase our beautiful city in the Summer months.
“The 2018/19 Summer is without doubt the biggest cricket season we have ever had.
“There has never been a more exciting time to be an aspiring cricketer, involved in the game in some capacity or simply a cricket lover in Canberra heading into the summer months.
“Some of the best players in the world will grace our beloved Manuka Oval at the end of 2018 and showcase their skills as they represent their countries and/or states in critical matches and the culmination of the Summer will without doubt be in February of 2019 when Canberra hosts its inaugural men’s test match between Australia and Sri Lanka.”
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