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Sign on now to play cricket this season

All clubs in Townsville are now signing on new and returning players for the 2015/16 season. Senior cricket starts in early September, and juniors will play their first games after the school holidays.

Our clubs cover all areas of Townsville, and accept kids as young as 5 and veterans older than 50.

If you’d prefer to participate in cricket by umpiring, the Townsville Cricket Umpires Association is always looking for new members. Get in touch, and with some training, you’ll be officiating in matches this season.

Wanderers play Brothers in the Gabba Sporting Products T20 tonight at Tony Ireland Stadium

The first night match in the Gabba Sporting Products T20 competition is on tonight at Tony Ireland Stadium. Brothers and Wanderers square off, with the game starting at 6.30pm.

Tonight’s match is the first of a series of Friday night matches in the revamped T20 competition. Alongside a new sponsor in Gabba Sporting Products, the competition also has a newly named prize with the winners of the final on December 11 to lift the Andrew Symonds Trophy.

Andrew Symonds played junior cricket in Townsville with the Wanderers club during a decorated career which included 26 tests, 198 ODIs, and 14 T20 matches for Australia. Andrew was also one of the first stars of the Indian Premier League T20 competition with the Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians. He is now again living in Townsville, and is giving back to cricket through his involvement in the Bulls Masters to help foster and develop cricket throughout Queensland.

The next match in the Gabba Sporting Products T20 competition is on Friday 9th October, and there will be matches on most Fridays until the final in December.

Spirit of Cricket in Townsville

In Townsville Cricket the Captains have agreed and are responsible for ensuring the Spirit of the Game as outlined below shall be upheld:

The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the spirit of the game as well as within the Laws.

According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judge of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.


  • Captain and Coach only should inspect the wicket or be near wicket area, within 30 minutes of play.
  • Players should not hit up against pickets; quite simply they break.


  • Prior to tossing the captains should be dressed in their team shirt (polo or playing) and wearing team cap.
  • Both Captains should introduce themselves to the umpires
  • The home captain (first in the draw) should provide the coin and toss, Away captain Calls
  • Coin toss must be done in the middle, not on the sideline, if game prior or time permits.
  • On leaving the field the captains should provide the scorers with opposing team’s list


  • Umpires should enter field first
  • No player should be warming up on field as umpires enter
  • The captain of the fielding team should enter the field with team behind
  • Batters should be ready to enter the field together after the fielding team.


  • Batters should leave the field before fielders
  • The fielding team should all be ready to cross the line together not whoever is the closest to the gate leaves first
  • The captain should appoint those that do well, normally best bowler/s, to cross line first.


  • Players can take drinks off the field, 5 minutes from the time leaving to being back on the field ready to resume play
  • There is no problem with players receiving drinks or bottles from the boundary line as long as play is not delayed


  • Captains need to ensure players who are required to umpire act in the correct manner and adjudicate decisions fairly and in the spirit of the game.
  • Captains only to engage umpires with decisions made during the game
  • At the conclusion of play it is encouraged captains and umpires discuss the days play to assist with improving the quality of the game.
  • Captains to complete umpire report and provide comment.


  • Captains need to show leadership, respect and be a role model for all players, scorers, umpires, volunteers and spectators.
  • Captains need to be accountable for themselves and their player’s behavior.
  • Work with the scorer to calculate Duckworth-Lewis, if required.
  • Ensure team sheets and scores uploaded to MyCricket are correct and complete

Queensland Cricket Roadshow tonight at Endeavour Park clubhouse

A friendly reminder for everyone involved in cricket to please attend the Queensland Cricket Roadshow. This is a fantastic opportunity to talk to the Management Team from Queensland Cricket and gain valuable information of where Queensland Cricket has come from and where it plans to head in the future. You play an important part in ensuring cricket is successful in the North Queensland Community, it would be fantastic to have your input on Monday 24th of August.

The details for the presentation are:

WHAT: Queensland Cricket Presentation

DATE: Monday 24th August 2015

TIME: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

VENUE: Townsville Cricket Clubhouse – Endeavour Park, Stuart Drive, Idalia

The meeting will be attended by Queensland Cricket Staff:

  • Geoff Cockerill – Chief Executive Officer Queensland Cricket
  • Brett Jones – High Performance Manager
  • John Stock – Game and Market Development Manager
  • Simon Edge – Regional Cricket Officer
  • Phil Robinson – Talent Development Officer

The presentation will cover the following key areas:

  • Queensland Cricket Strategy
  • Player Pathways
  • Entry Level Programs
  • Child Protection

This is a great opportunity for Queensland Cricket to present the successes of last season and the direction of the coming season to all valued and key stakeholders in North Queensland in a face to face environment. The presentation will also allow you the opportunity to ask questions and for Queensland Cricket to listen to you, the people on the ground in the community who are ensuring the great game of cricket is being promoted, participated in and enjoyed by all from grass roots through to the highest honour.

Meet the Heat at the Townsville Junior Cricket sign-on this weekend

Brisbane Heat players Luke Feldman, Nick Buchanan, Nathan Reardon and Mark Steketee will be in North Queensland this week for the Commonwealth Bank Regional Cricket Tour, which includes the Townsville Junior Cricket sign-on at 10am on Sunday 16 August.

This is a great opportunity for Townsville cricketers to meet the Brisbane Heat players and other Queensland Cricket coaches and staff.

The tour starts on Thursday 13 August with a coaching clinic at Annandale State School attended by Luke Feldman and Nick Buchanan. On Friday the players will also be running clinics in Charters Towers at Columba Catholic College and the cricket club.

Saturday will have a full card of events including:

  • 8.00am – 10.30am – Indoor Cricket Visit @ Wildcatz
  • 1.00pm – 5.00pm – High Performance Session @ Tony Ireland Stadium
  • 4.00pm – 6.00pm – Indigenous and Female TID @ Tony Ireland Stadium
  • 6.00pm – 8.00pm – Coach Education Session @ Tony Ireland Stadium
  • 6.00pm – 8.00pm – MyCricket Session @ Tony Ireland Stadium
  • Luke Feldman and Nick Buchanan to attend all sessions

All Females and Indigenous people aged 12 years and older who are interested and show potential in cricket are encouraged to attend the Talent Identification (TID) Sessions at Tony Ireland Stadium.

On Sunday the Townsville Junior Cricket sign-on will take place at Tony Ireland Stadium from 10am. It will be Home Hill’s turn at 3.30pm.  There are cricket programs available for kids from 5 years to 17 years of age, so all players (male and female) to are encouraged to attend the Sign Ons and register with a local club.

Nathan Reardon and Mark Steketee will be attend Coaching Clinic at Kirwan State School and in Ingham on Monday to finish the tour.

Regional Umpire Training Workshop August 1 and 2

The Townsville Cricket Umpires Association is hosting a Regional Umpire Training Workshop on August 1 and 2 at Endeavour Park, Townsville.

This workshop is available to all new & existing Cricket umpires and those wishing to avail of a comprehensive insight into the art of umpiring. The workshop will start at 10.00am Saturday and conclude on Sunday morning.

This program includes sessions on laws, fair & unfair play, the Spirit of Cricket and practical field work. The sessions will be delivered by top umpires:

  • Cricket Australia Umpire Representative  – Bob Parry
  • Qld Cricket Umpire Representative – Rob Dunbar
  • National Panel Umpire – Damien Mealey
  • State Panel Umpire – Ben Farrell.

The workshop is open to current and prospective umpires from across the north. Full details of the workshop:

Win a BBL Cricket Bat autographed by the 2014-15 Brisbane Heat Team

Angel-Paws Inc. is a Townsville based charity that specialises in offering abandoned and rejected animals a second chance at life. They are holding the Angel-Paws Inc. Annual Charity Auction on June 12, 2015, at the George Coates TAFE Student Restaurant.  It is their main fundraising event for the year hosting over 200 attendees and they hope to raise over $15000.

One of the most exciting auction items is a cricket bat that has been signed by the Brisbane Heat.  It has the autographs of all players from the 2014-15 season on it, including Mitchell Johnson, Andrew Flintoff and Daniel Vettori.  They aim to include supporters from all over Queensland, not just those based in the local area.

Proxy bidding will be available for those who are unable to attend the auction in person.  Registering for proxy bidding is easy, you only need to email fundraising@angelpawsinc.com with your name and contact number, the item you are interested in and your minimum and maximum bid for each item.  Then, on the night, a staff member will bid on your behalf in increments from the auctioneer, up to the maximum you decided.  The staff member will endeavour to minimise your cost while bidding to win the item on your behalf.

This is a unique and very exciting opportunity for cricket enthusiasts everywhere to support an organisation doing good work in Townsville.