Australia’s most talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketers will descend on Alice Springs from 4 – 11 February 2019 for the National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC).
In its fourth consecutive year, seven men’s and six women’s teams from every state and territory will compete for national titles in T20 formats at two venues across Alice Springs, the Jim McConville and Albrecht Ovals.
Kieran McMillan, Acting Executive General Manager of Community Cricket at Cricket Australia said:
“This event provides unique opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketers and is a time each year that we can shine a light on the strong contribution that Indigenous Australians have made, and continue to make, to the sport.”
“We’re intensely proud of the efforts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketers who showcase their talents on the national and international stage. Eight Indigenous cricketers are currently playing in State and/or W/BBL teams with the NICC playing an impactful role in their cricket development.
“Ash Gardiner was player of the final in the recent Women’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean where Australia won a record fourth World T20 title and D’Arcy Short continues to dominate the KFC Big Bash League, leading the total runs scored in the tournament for the second successive year. Both were proud participants at previous championships.
“As well as being an amazing carnival of sport, the NICC has provided a wonderful platform to grow participation and celebrate culture.
“It is highly encouraging to see cricket’s continued growth in Indigenous cricket participation with more than 64,921 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants in organised cricket including clubs and schools across the country as of August 2018.”
The Imparja Cup – a tournament for Indigenous cricketers from the Northern Territory – will also be run alongside the championships. In its 26th year, the Imparja Cup will feature four divisions – Mixed Indoor Cricket, Men's Major Centres, Men's Community and Women's Community.
During the week of the championships, a special screening of Walkabout Wickets, a documentary commissioned by Cricket Australia commemorating the 150th anniversary of Australia’s first cricket team to go on an international tour will be shown at the Flynn Church Lawns at Todd Mall on Thursday 7 February 2019 at 7.30pm.
Named after the artwork titled ‘Walkabout Wickets’ that was painted by Aunty Fiona Clark the great, great granddaughter of 1868 cricketer Grongarrong (Mosquito), the story of this pioneering group of Aboriginal cricketers who blazed a trail in the mid-19th century will also be featured on Channel Seven on Saturday 9 February at 1.30pm in the lead up to the KFC Big Bash clash between the Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers at the Adelaide Oval.