Cricket ACT welcomed the ACT Government’s release of their ‘The ACT’s COVID-19 Pathway Forward’ plan last week which gave the organisation the confidence to confirm the delayed start date for local competitions.

Cricket ACT’s men’s premier competition (all grades) and women’s second grade will open their season with one-day fixtures on Saturday November 6 while the revamped women’s first grade will commence a few weeks later on Sunday November 28. Junior competitions will commence from November 5 with a mix of Friday night and Saturday games. 

In addition to confirming return to play, Cricket ACT has signed a new three-year contract with major partner CDC Data Centres, inking the largest sponsorship deal in Cricket ACT’s 99-year history and signalling that cricket locally is going from strength to strength.

With Canberra heading into its ninth week of lockdown, Cricket ACT CEO Olivia Thornton hopes this update will boost club registrations and build excitement for the upcoming season.

“This is the news we have been eagerly waiting for, and I cannot wait to see our community back together and enjoying the game that we all love.” Thornton said.

“Our gratitude and thanks must go to the ACT Government for keeping Canberra safe throughout this tough period and for providing a clear roadmap for community sport to come out of this lockdown.

“Whilst we understand this plan may need to be adjusted, as with everything COVID-19 related, it is pleasing that we can now plan ahead with some confidence and we encourage all players to sign up to play if you haven’t already.

“We’re also delighted to confirm today that CDC Data Centres will continue their generous support of Cricket ACT for a further three-years. CDC CEO Greg (Boorer) is a passionate advocate for Canberra cricket and with his support we can provide more opportunities than ever before for players to enjoy their cricket and to reach their full potential.”

CDC first joined the Cricket ACT family in 2019 as the naming rights partner for junior cricket before stepping up and significantly increasing their support in 2020 to help local cricket navigate the challenges created by COVID-19.

Along with continuing as the major partner of Cricket ACT, CDC will also continue their support of local pathway programs including the growing CDC Bash competitions as well as support a coach development program. The program will underpin the development of local coaches and continue to expand the skill set of local players across each level of the game.

“CDC Data Centres is a proud Canberra based Australian success story and believes ACT Cricket is a sleeping giant with much more to offer to Australian Cricket and looks forward to supporting and fuelling that ambition,” CDC CEO Greg Boorer said.

“With that ambition in mind, CDC will continue to support local cricket at the junior pathway level in the best city in Australia in order to continue to build the foundations of future success, which shall be measured in the number of Australian representatives produced by the Territory.”

With the season start now in place, Cricket ACT has a clear message to everyone within the local cricket community – now is the time to get ready for the season ahead and sign up for your local club.

Whether you play every year, haven’t played for a while, or are brand new to cricket – there is a cricket club and competition to suit.

For information or to register for your local club, head to play.cricket.com.au or contact your club directly.

Important details for 2021/22 season:

  • Return to training: As per the ACT’s COVID-19 Pathway Forward plan, ACT-based clubs will be able to resume training in an outdoor setting from Friday October 15, 2021. For NSW-based clubs, Cricket NSW has now advised the conditions under which gatherings for sport or exercise – including training activities – can occur from Monday October 11, 2021.

  • Season Fixtures: Fixtures are currently being finalised and will be released in due course.

  • COVID-19 Safety Plans: Cricket ACT has updated their ‘COVID-19 Safety Plan for Clubs’ to ensure that the health and safety of everyone participating remains the number one priority. You can access the plans here.

  • QR Codes: All levels of cricket will be required to have a Check In CBR or Service NSW QR code in place for players and officials to check-in for both training and matches. ACT Government venues already have QR codes available for use with the CBR check-in app.  NSW Clubs will need to complete a COVID safety plan through Services NSW and generate Service NSW QR codes through this application process.

  • Vaccinations: Whilst vaccinations are not mandatory to be eligible to compete in community sport in the ACT, Cricket ACT strongly encourages everyone who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to help play your part in keeping our community safe.

As with everything COVID-19 related, the situation can change with minimal to zero notice. Cricket ACT will continue to provide updates as any new information becomes available.