Cricket NSW Representative Competition Structure for 2019
Date of Event : Thu May 23, 2019 9:21PM

The 2019/20 Representative Season will undertake a new look moving forward as Cricket NSW has taken this program in house and removed control of the competition away from the volunteer run NSWDCA board.

This means DCA cricket will now become known as the NSW Metro Youth Championships administered by a Cricket NSW appointed Competition Manager.

The main reasons for change by Cricket NSW are to:

1. Strengthen and align their representative cricket pathways

2. To bring the control of Representative Cricket in house to Cricket NSW rather than via the operation of a representative group of volunteers such as the DCA

3. To improve the development and experience for junior representative players, to support more robust and balanced competitions and to reduce unnecessary travel for participants where possible

4. Consistent playing conditions aligned with Cricket NSW talent pathway and carnival

5. Better access to CNSW’s coaching and talent specialised with focus on standardised selection processes

6. Improved coaching, officiating, talent ID and greater access to turf facilities

What does this mean and what are the changes:

1. Creation of the Cricket NSW Youth Championships is a state-wide representative competition for female and male junior cricketers across 2 metropolitan conferences (Thunder and Sixers - each with 8 teams) and 2 country conferences

2. More cricket (7 x one day games plus 2 x T20), plus a finals series

3. Division 1 Competition for male age groups U12, U13, U14 and U15 under the extended format

4. Division 2 Competition for male age groups U12 & U13 only

5. U16 Watson Shield will continue for another season but under the old structure with only 5 one day games

6. U13 & U15 female competition will be 5 x one day games plus 2 x T20

7. Teams to consist of 13 players (all participate - however 2 don't bat)

8. U14 and U15 matches to be played on turf

9. U12 and U13 matches to be played on synthetic

10. U16 matches to be played on turf if grounds are available but U14 and U15 take precedent

11. Coloured clothing is now allowed and will be fazed in as compulsory over next couple of years

12. A $130 per player participation fee payable to CNSW will be introduced in addition to standard fees charged by Associations. This is to cover cost of cricket balls and umpires as these will now be provided by CNSW

13. Competition is expected to commence on 29 September with the Final around 8 December

IDCA (PC's) has not announced its program for the coming season but now Cricket NSW has provided its footprint they will be meeting in the next month to determine this.

Should you have any queries please contact Rick Lennox or Grant Kean

Last updated: Thursday May 23, 2019 9:23PM
Author: Grant Kean