The six-match T20 cricket competition will be played between three of the WACA’s affiliated country cricket associations and a WA Invitational side, over three weekends with the final set to take place at the iconic WACA Ground.

Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association (BDCA) and Peel Cricket Association (PCA) will go head-to-head at Donnybrook’s Egan Park, while the WA Invitational XI and Albany and Districts Cricket Association (ADCA) will clash at the WACA Ground in the opening round of the competition.

WACA Area Manager – Country Steve Philippe said;

“With only four teams involved and the National Country Cricket Championships paused this season, we can expect the highest standard of country cricket to be displayed over the course of the competition this summer.

“It will be a high quality competition, with Bunbury and Districts CA looking strong, Albany and Districts CA having assembled an impressive squad and Peel CA should never be underestimated.

“WA Invitational XI will be looking to defend their Belt up Country Cup title, having won the two previous editions under this new format.”

Insurance Commission of Western Australia, Commission Secretary Kane Blackman said;

“The Insurance Commission supports the Belt up Country Cup to bring awareness to the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

“Regional WA continues to be overrepresented in vehicle crashes and the Insurance Commission’s Catastrophic Injuries Support scheme covers all Western Australians who are catastrophically injured in a vehicle crash and aims to support people to increase their independence through their recovery and rehabilitation.

“A catastrophic injury can happen to any one of us but just like our cricketers put on their Belt Up helmets to protect themselves from injury on the pitch, a seatbelt is just as important to minimise your risk of severe or catastrophic injury on WA roads.”

2020/21 BELT UP COUNTRY CUP FIXTURES

Round 1: Sunday 1 November

BDCA v Peel CA

Egan Park (Donnybrook)

WA Inv. v ACA

WACA Ground (Perth)

Round 2: Sunday 15 November

ACA v BDCA

North Road (Albany)

WA Inv. v Peel

Steven Reserve (Fremantle)

Round 3: Sunday 7 February

Peel CAv ACA

Peelwood Reserve (Mandurah)

WA Inv. v BDCA

Steven Reserve (Fremantle)

Final:Sunday 21 February

WACA Ground (Perth)

  • BDCA = Bunbury District Cricket Association
  • Peel CA = Peel Cricket Association
  • ACA = Albany & Districts Cricket Association
  • WA Inv. = WA Invitational Team will be selected from country-based players who are not playing members of the other three associations. This week the Invitational XI is made up of players from country associations including Avon, Busselton Margaret River, Eastern Goldfields, Geraldton & Upper Great Southern

ABOUT BELT UP

  • The Belt up campaign helps to promote wearing seat belts on WA roads to reduce the severity of injury in a crash;
  • Belt up partners with community sport to target at-risk demographics and the WACA will be the fifth sport joining the Belt up family – the other associations are West Australian Country Football League, Netball WA, Rugby WA and Football West;
  • Cricket was chosen due to its high participation rates and regional presence. Targeting regional WA is important to the Insurance Commission due to the high rates of crashes in country areas
  • Last year, it paid out around $450 million to injured people in crashes and it has supported and funded the Belt up campaign for over 20 years