04 September 2020
Premier Start For Cricket
Queensland Premier Clubs will fly the first flag of the cricketing summer this weekend.
The Sci-Fleet Motors QLD Premier Cricket competition will get underway tomorrow with the opening round of the Bulls Masters First Grade premiership as well as Men’s Second Grade and the Lord’s Taverners youth competition on Sunday.
The Katherine Raymont Shield Women’s First Grade competition will commence next weekend on Sunday 13 September.
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said the official start of the 2020-21 season would take place under COVID-19 safe conditions as part of the State Government’s Return to Play guidelines.
“We thank the volunteers and the players at the clubs for the outstanding effort in working within the guidelines to prepare for the start of the season,’’ he said.
Queensland Cricket today confirmed that Kookaburra had renewed their sponsorship for the next two years.
“We’re delighted to have Kookaburra continue their partnership, especially with Premier Cricket. Likewise, we welcome the ongoing support of the Bulls Masters and Sci-Fleet Motors for the coming season,’’ Svenson said.
“QC will again provide Kookaburra balls for the male and female first grade competitions which help our clubs to manage a significant area of expense across a year. We’re grateful for Kookaburra’s on-going support and look forward to working with them.”
Kookaburra National Sales Manager Leigh Watts said Kookaburra was pleased to continue its sponsorship.
“Kookaburra are proud to continue our long-standing association with Queensland Cricket and its Premier Cricket clubs,’’ he said.
“As a proudly Australian-owned company, we strive to bring the best in cricket to communities across the country. We look forward to a stellar season for all association members and the greater Queensland cricket community.”
The partnership will also involve the naming rights of the men’s white ball competitions in First Grade.
The season will open with three rounds of the Kookaburra one-day competition, with the Kookaburra T20 competition taking place during November and December.
All men’s and women’s First Grade games will be live streamed again this season, with InteractSport confirmed as the Official Streaming Partner of Queensland Premier Cricket for the next two seasons.
InteractSport will provide their match day streaming solution FrogBox to all clubs, as well as providing a dedicated match centre for Queensland Premier Cricket.
This follows on from the success of last season’s ground-breaking deal that broadcast the majority of First Grade Men’s and Women’s games.
The value of capturing match day vision will be taken one step further by the partnership between InteractSport and Queensland Cricket this year, with the launch of a Premier Cricket highlights reel for players and fans to enjoy the very best of the action from each week.
This new level of engagement and coverage provides an exciting opportunity for cricket in the State according to Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson.
“This partnership assists us to meet one of our strategic priorities, which is to amplify the awareness and coverage of Premier Cricket through initiatives like live streaming and the creation of a highlights show,’’ he said.
“Additionally, broadcasting Premier Cricket games delivers important insights in the high-performance space. With so many of State-contracted Queensland Bulls and Queensland Fire players in action in the early rounds of Premier Cricket, our coaching and performance staff will enjoy an unprecedented window to appraise how our training and squad preparations are tracking.”
“Our players enjoy having a platform that showcases their performances, with their friends and families able to tune in live or watch the highlights after play,’’ Svenson said.
“Most importantly for us, the clubs have really embraced the technology as a new way to engage supporters and promote their clubs with very little administrative impact, which for the hard-working volunteers who do so much for our game, is an outstanding result.”
Four current or former Test players will be in action in the opening round tomorrow, including Bulls captain Usman Khawaja (Valley), Test opener Joe Burns, former Australian spinner Nathan Hauritz (both Norths) and Queensland batsman Matt Renshaw (Toombul).
South Brisbane will unveil two of its off-season arrivals, including former NSW, Tasmanian and Australian pace bowler Gurinder Sandhu and Sri Lankan batsman Hiruna Sigera , who has tasted first class and List A cricket in his home country.
Their round one opponents feature ex-Test spinner Nathan Hauritz, with the 38-year-old back in the Vikings top side after playing lower grades last season.
The off-spinner, who played 17 Tests and 58 ODIs for Australia, is working as a coaching consultant with the Queensland Fire women's team as well as running his own Spin Bowling Academy.
Limited overs champs Wests have welcomed the return home of dashing batsman Sam Truloff after the ex-Queensland batsman tried his luck with Tasmania last season.
Redlands will mark the 25th Anniversary of Peter Burge Oval by welcoming back former Queensland and Tasmanian allrounder Simon Milenko as they host University of Queensland.
Sunday's opening round of the Lord's Taverners youth competition features teams from the 12 Premier clubs as well as representative sides from Darling Downs/South West and Wide Bay.
The QC Premier Cricket Match Centre can be found at https://matchcentre.premier.qld.cricket.com.au/
Bulls Masters Premier First Grade Competition
Round 1, tomorrow, 9.30am start
Live coverage: https://matchcentre.premier.qld.cricket.com.au/
Sandgate-Redcliffe v Valley, Trevor Hohns Oval
Northern Suburbs v South Brisbane, Norman Gray Oval
Sunshine Coast v Western Suburbs, Kerry Emery Oval
Ipswich/Logan v Wynnum/Manly, Baxter Oval
Toombul v Gold Coast, Ken Mackay Oval
Redlands v University of Queensland, Peter Burge Oval