The coming summer will feature a re-branded male first class and one-day competition.
Marsh, through its acquisition of JLT in April 2019, has a long-standing relationship as the Official Risk Partner to Cricket Australia and has been the naming rights sponsor of the Marsh One-Day Cup and Marsh Sheffield Shield since 2017 (previously JLT).
Among the changes to the domestic season is a revamped Marsh One-Day Cup - with teams playing four matches before the Sheffield Shield fixtures begin and a further three throughout October and November before the final on 26 November.
The other major change is the expansion of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL), with teams each playing eight matches, compared to six in previous seasons.
Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast will add a 50-overs match to the T20 International and BBL games it hosted last season, with the Queensland Bulls taking on Western Australia on Thursday 31 October.
South Brisbane District Cricket Club will host WNCL games for the first time, with the Norman Gray Oval at Fehlberg Park welcoming the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire for two one-day games as well as hosting a neutral clash between Tasmania and Western Australia.
Queensland will play all five of their home Sheffield Shield matches at the Gabba, while Allan Border Field will host domestic one-day games as well as a WNCL round featuring two Fire games and a non-Qld game between Victoria and South Australia.
The Bulls will play three one-day games at Allan Border Field while there will also be a neutral clash at the venue between NSW and South Australia.
The Marsh One Day Cup will see 13 of the 22 matches broadcast on Foxtel and Kayo Sports.
Queensland Cricket acting CEO Terry Svenson welcomed the allocation of WNCL games to Souths.
“It’s a strong endorsement of the QC Curatorial Program that was launched last year to enhance the playing facilities at Brisbane Premier Cricket clubs through the backing of the Brisbane City Council and Cricket Australia,’’ he said.
“There has been a notable improvement in standards and clubs like Souths and Wynnum-Manly have benefitted from their commitment to the scheme with the allocation of practice game featuring the likes of the Australian Women’s team.
“Likewise, clubs such as Redlands and Gold Coast have been recognized and rewarded for their investment to enhance the quality of their venues with Youth representative and tour matches.”
“We’re very pleased the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire are playing more games this season and that some of those matches will be at Souths.”
Svenson also applauded the decision to play a one-day game at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.
“Everyone saw what an outstanding facility it was when we hosted T20 Internationals and BBL games there for the first-time last summer and bringing a 50-over match featuring the Queensland Bulls there this season is an important extension to the venue’s capability,’’ he said.
The old Carrara Oval previously hosted Queensland games on the Gold Coast on an irregular basis in the early 1990s but this will be the first Bulls game there since the current stadium was constructed as the home of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team and upgraded for the Commonwealth Games last year.
Queensland will also be a key destination for touring teams during the summer.
The England Lions men’s team will tour Australia during February and early March, playing five one-day matches and three four-day fixtures.
The England Lions play Australia A, a Cricket Australia XI and NSW Second XI teams in eight matches across the one-day and four-day formats.
The tour starts in Brisbane with a training camp for the Lions’ at Allan Border Field, before one-day matches in Queensland and Sydney, followed by three four-day fixtures.
The India A women’s team will also tour Australia in December. They will play the Australia A women’s side in three one-day and three T20 matches in Brisbane and at Kerrydale on the Gold Coast respectively during December. Final venues for the tour games will be confirmed closer to the respective tours.
2019-20 Marsh One Day Cup
Queensland Bulls Matches (Qld times)
Sun, 22 Sept: Queensland v New South Wales, Allan Border Field 9:30AM (Fox Sports)
Tues, 24 Sept: Queensland v South Australia, Allan Border Field, 9:30AM (Fox Sports)
Sun, 29 Sept: Victoria v Queensland, CitiPower Centre (MEL), 10AM (Fox Sports)
Tues, 1 Oct: Victoria v Queensland, CitiPower Centre (MEL), 10AM (Fox Sports)
Wed, 23 Oct: Queensland v South Australia, Allan Border Field, 10:00AM (TBC)
Thurs, 31 Oct: Queensland v Western Australia, Metricon Stadium (GC), 10:00AM (Fox Sports)
Mon, 18 Nov: Tasmania v Queensland, Blundstone Arena, 9AM (Fox Sports)
Tues, 26 Nov TBC - FINAL (Fox Sports)
2019-20 Marsh Sheffield Shield
Queensland Bulls Matches
Thurs 10 Oct–Sun, 13 Oct: Queensland v New South Wales, Gabba
Fri, 18 Oct–Mon, 21 Oct: Queensland v South Australia, Gabba
Sat, 2 Nov–Tues, 5 Nov: Queensland v Western Australia, Gabba
Tues, 12 Nov– Fri, 15 Nov: Victoria v Queensland, MCG
Fri, 29 Nov– Mon 2 Dec: Tasmania v Queensland, Blundstone Arena
Sat, 7 Dec– Tues, 10 Dec: New South Wales v Queensland, SCG
Fri, 14 Feb–Mon, 17 Feb: Queensland v Tasmania, Gabba
Mon ,24 Feb–Thurs, 27 Feb: Queensland v Victoria, Gabba
Fri, 6 Mar–Mon, 9 Mar: Western Australia v Queensland, WACA
Tues, 17 Mar–Fri, 20 Mar: South Australia v Queensland, Karen Rolton Oval (ADL)
Fri, 27 Mar–Tues, 31 Mar: TBC - FINAL
Konica Minolta Queensland Fire Matches (Qld times)
10am, Saturday, 21 September 2019: Qld Fire v WA, South Brisbane DCC
10am, Monday, 23 September 2019: Qld Fire v Tasmania, South Brisbane DCC
9am, Tuesday, 7 January 2020: ACT v Qld Fire, Blacktown International SportsPark 2 (SYD)
9am, Thursday, 9 January 2020: NSW v Qld Fire, Blacktown International SportsPark 1 (SYD)
9am, Tuesday, 21 January 2020: ACT v Qld Fire, Manuka Oval
9am, Wednesday, 22 January 2020: NSW v Qld Fire, Manuka Oval
10am, Tuesday, 4 February 2020: Qld Fire v Victoria, Allan Border Field (BNE)
10am, Thursday, 6 February 2020: Qld Fire v SA, Allan Border Field (BNE)
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