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.