For the first time six host regions will be involved in the opening round of the Under 13 and Under 14 Male State Championships.

While the 12 zones across Queensland will converge in Brisbane and the Gold Coast for Championship week in mid-December, three pre-champ rounds will be held between local rivals.

On Sunday the opening round of U13 and U14 Boys Championship matches will see 50 over games played in Brisbane, Maryborough, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Tully and Innisfail.

A fortnight later two rounds of Twenty20 matches will be played in Ipswich, Mackay and the Sunshine Coast.

The sharing of locations allows most players to play Championship matches in front of their home crowds before culminating in five days of competition from December 17 – 21.

All Pre-Championship results, statistics and records will count towards the overall Championship with the U13 and U14 Zone winners to be presented following Round 10 on December 21.

This Sunday will see BEARS and Brisbane North teams battle at Wynnum, while Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay will meet in Maryborough.

SEQ and DDSWQ will play in Toowoomba while the Gold Coast will host MSW at Kerrydale (U14) and Cheltenham Ovals (U13).

Mackay-Whitsundays and Central Queensland will travel to Rockhampton to face off, while Cricket Far North and North Queensland’s matches will be played in Tully (U14) and Innisfail (U13).

Queensland Cricket provides a commitment to a clear, affordable and accessible pathway for Queensland’s cricketers, with the state body working closely with all zones to stage six boys and girls age-based State Championships this season.

While the U13 and U14 Boys State Championships officially start this Sunday, the U15 Female State Challenge is in final stages of preparation with Ipswich to host the event from December 8 – 10th.

The U15 Female State Challenge will be the first Championship to see the new ‘Mega Regions’ face off with the six teams formed from the best girls across two traditional Queensland Cricket zones.

Northern Flames (Far North and North Queensland), Central Infernos (Mackay-Whitsunday and Central QLD), Coastal Burners (Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast), Western Swelter (Darling Downs and Metro South West), City Fever (Brisbane North and BEARS) and Southern Blaze (SEQ and Gold Coast) will all compete next month.

The Mega Region teams will also feature in the U13 Female State Championship and the country Mega Regions will compete against the Metropolitan zones in the U15 Male State Challenge in January.

All State Championship matches will be scored live using MyCricket Live Score and can be followed on the MyCricket App by searching for ‘Queensland Cricket State Championships’.