Cricket ACT’s High-Performance program has once again proved a small region can have a big impact with the recent release of the men’s state player contract lists.

Four ACT Juniors have received new state contracts for the coming 2019-20 first-class season with six renewing their state contracts and one receiving a Cricket Australia contract.

Australian contracted player Nathan Lyon moved to Canberra from Young in NSW when he was 17 years old and represented the ACT in the Under 17’s and 19’s before going on to represent the ACT Comets.

He is joined by former Tuggeranong Valley junior Jason Behrendorff in Australian colours at the current 2019 ICC World Cup being played in the UK.

Comets Head Coach Kyle Piper says the ACT’s impact on the game continues to exceed expectations for one of the smaller regions in Australian cricket.

“It takes a lot of people to help players and people achieve their best and this year’s contract lists are a reflection of a lot of hard work from a lot of people within our community over a number of years,” said Kyle Piper

“There will be a lot of proud people in our community who have done a lot for these guys, often without pay and not seeking recognition.

“This years list of contracted players demonstrates that the pathway from Canberra cricket to the elite level is strong and that juniors from our community can fulfil their dreams.”

“Whilst the ACT community can take great pride in continuing to develop players for the Australian cricket system it would be remiss of us to not acknowledge the thriving partnership with Cricket NSW and the impact and they have also had in developing ACT based juniors through the ACT/NSW country pathway.”

Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT entered into a MoU at the beginning of the 2017/18 season which saw the ACT Comets rebranded the ACT/NSW Country Comets with the side’s home base remaining in Canberra but players of country origin eligible for selection. The Comets finished the 2018-19 Toyota Futures League season in second place last summer only missing out on the title due to QLD’s higher net run rate.

ACT Juniors who received State Contracts