Today, Cricket North West is pleased to release the 2017/18 Health Care Insurance First Grade roster, which features 21 rounds of T20, One-Day and Two-Day cricket. The season will commence on the weekend of Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15.
CNW is excited to announce a partnership with Health Care Insurance, new naming rights sponsors for the First Grade competition. This agreement will include the overall naming rights for CNW First Grade, along with all Two-Day games and end-of-season finals. Additional information will be provided at a later date.
The RACT Greater Northern Cup will dominate the first half of the season, with Cricket North West sides to be locked in battle with Cricket North opponents over 11 rounds of One-Day cricket prior to the Christmas break. Devonport will enter the competition as reigning premiers, with Cricket North West hoping to emulate last year’s result which saw three local teams occupy the top four positions.
In a new initiative, this year’s Sportspower Burnie T20 competition will be played in a tournament-style format over two weeks in late-November and early December. The roster will be comprised of three rounds of Thursday night twilight matches and one Sunday Gala Day in which all teams will play two games.
Thanks to close co-operation between Devonport Cricket Club and the Devonport City Council, the Orions will play three home twilight T20 matches under lights, starting at 7.00 pm. Devonport will play host to the Burnie Hurricanes, Sheffield and Wynyard on what should be three fantastic nights of cricket.
Last year’s Sportspower Burnie T20 competition saw one-off appearances from current and former Australian representatives Tim Paine and Ben Hilfenhaus, along with several other players from the Cricket Tasmania Premier League. It is hoped that the new roster structure will encourage more high-profile player appearances, and Cricket North West is also keen to see the best players from local community associations sign on with their local CNW club to test their mettle in the T20 format.
The top four teams will again contest the Sportspower Burnie T20 Finals Day, with the premiers to represent Cricket North West in the Statewide T20 competition. The Burnie Hurricanes enter the CNW T20 roster as reigning premiers, and will be hard to beat again.
The post-Christmas period will again be exclusively concentrated on Two-Day cricket, with five rounds to be played with the red ball. There will be a new Grand Final venue in 2017/18, with West Park Oval unavailable from late February due to a major drainage upgrade. The CNW Board will evaluate all grounds through the opening two thirds of the season and select the host venue in late January.
A final highlight of the 2017/18 roster is a Senior Representative Match, with the Campbell’s Betta Home Living Cricket North West team to take on Cricket North in a One-Day game in the North West on Sunday November 5. The Northerners scored a narrow win in a high-scoring game last season, and CNW will be keen to turn the tables on its home turf this season. A match venue will be determined within the next 2-3 weeks.
The Burnie Hurricanes and Devonport were last season’s standout teams, competing in the Grand Finals of all three formats. The Hurricanes claimed bragging rights in the T20 and Three-Day Grand Finals, while the Orions were masters of the One-Day format.
All clubs have been very active during the off-season, with several overseas and interstate recruits announced, headlined by former CTPL and CNW 1st Grade Batting Award winner Trent Keep returning from South Australia to coach Latrobe, and former premiership captain Jacob Snare returning as Ulverstone coach. The return of Alex King will also provide Sheffield with a massive boost.
“Cricket North West looks forward to an exciting 2017/18 season. Our clubs will be challenged over 21-rounds, and it will be interesting to see if teams can sustain their best form all three formats, as Devonport and the Burnie Hurricanes did last season. The consensus among club representatives is that this year’s competition promises to very even, with all teams retaining some top talent and recruiting well. We are excited to see what eventuates”, concluded Cricket Tasmania Regional Administrator Nathan Dennis.
See below for links to PDF versions of the Health Care Insurance 1st Grade and RACT Greater Northern Cup rosters. MyCricket versions of the roster are available in the "Match Centre" menu on the CNW website.
Health Care Insurance CNW 1st Grade Roster
RACT Greater Northern Cup Roster