A new era for cricket in SA incorporating the Premier League
South Australia has not won the Sheffield Shield since 1995/96
South Australia can boast only two regular Australian players in this period
South Australia has won a total of 17 trophies since 1892
Since 1986/87, South Australia has won only three trophies
South Australia has a strong recent record of success in the short format of the game, winning the KFCT20 Big Bash in season 2010/11 and the Ryobi One Day Cup the following year, in season 2011/12.
However, success in the longer format has been sporadic. The West End Redbacks secured their first Sheffield Shield match win in 20 matches in November 2012 and a finals appearance has eluded the state team since 1995/96.
While Grade cricket in South Australia has historically played an integral role in the state’s elite cricket pathway, the contemporary demands placed on clubs to develop elite players are now too great for them to manage unassisted.
South Australia’s elite cricket pathway needs to be reformed so that young players are still given the best opportunity to become ‘first-class ready’, and this is where the establishment of a new elite competition will assist.
Consisting of four newly formed South Australian teams, the new competition will necessarily consolidate the critical mass of elite South Australian talent. It will ensure these cricketers play each other in a regular competition played on first class facilities managed by SACA.
Just as importantly, participation in the Premier League will be a prerequisite for selection for the West End Redbacks.
In short, the Premier League will permanently change the elite cricket pathway in this state.
The Premier League will also feature the NT Strike, a talented team from the Northern Territory and the Hebou Barramundis, from Papua New Guinea.
Coaches have been announced for the four local teams, with former Scorpions coach Russell Thompson taking charge of the Northern Mavericks, former Redbacks’ coach Mark Sorell leading the Southern Force, former Redback Ben Cameron with the Eastern Edge and Kensington stalwart John Palmer fronting the Western Suns.