Country Cricket has had a strong affiliation with the WACA for over 100 years. The first formal link was established in 1907 with the introduction of the now annual Senior Country Week competition. Country Week is one of WA’s great sporting icons, and in 2007 the Centenary of Country Week was celebrated.
Over the years the growth of cricket competitions and development programs has been substantial. Junior Country Week commenced in 1949, the Country Cup was introduced in 1980 and the Girls Country Cricket Carnival was an initiative from the Centenary of Country Week celebrations.
In the 1980s the Regional Junior Cricket Program evolved. Regional Boards and Regional Cricket Officers have the responsibility of increasing participation in junior cricket and ensuring that the high performance program gives talented young players every opportunity to be future State and Australian players.
The Country XI annually competes in the Australian Country Cricket Championships (to be played in Mount Gambier from 3-11 January 2016) and the Country Colts team participates in the WACA’s One Day League competition. Recently, a Masters program has been introduced.
Country Cricket Programs
- Senior Country Week
Dates: 17-23 January 2016
Senior Country Week is played during the third or fourth week of January each year between teams from the WACA’s affiliated Country Cricket Associations.
- Junior Country Week
Dates: 4-8 January 2016
Junior Country Week is played during the first two weeks of January each year between teams from the WACA’s affiliated Country Cricket Associations.
- Toyota Country Cup
Dates: 20 & 21 February 2016 (statewide qualifying round),
6 & 7 March 2016 (finals weekend).
The Toyota Country Cup is a T20 Competition played between the WACA’s affiliated Country Cricket Associations. Participating Associations compete in a qualifying weekend in November with the winners progressing to the finals weekend in March.
- Girls Country Cricket Carnival
Dates: 14-16 January 2016
The Girls Country Cricket Carnival will be played between regional based teams. The exact format of the Carnival is to be confirmed.
- WA Country XI
The WA Country XI consists of the best players from the WACA’s affiliated Country Cricket Associations. The team represents Western Australia in the Australian Country Cricket Championships, which are held in January each year. This season’s championships will be held in Mt Gambier, South Australia from 3-11 January 2016.
- Country Colts
The Country Colts consists of the best under 21 players from the WACA’s affiliated Country Cricket Associations. The Country Colts competes in the WACA Colts Competition.
- Country Masters XI
Nominations for the 2015-16 season will be called for at the beginning of the season.
Country Calendar of Events
The Country Cricket Calendar of Events is jammed pack full of fixtures and programs aimed at rewarding country cricketers, developing the next batch of players and ensuring a high standard of cricket in regional WA.
To download the full Calendar of Events CLICK HERE