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SACA Board confirms Premier Cricket merger decision

March 23, 2016

The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) can today confirm further decisions regarding the West End Premier Cricket 1st Grade men’s competition. 

The SACA Board has communicated to the West Torrens District Cricket Club and Port Adelaide Cricket Club that its preferred position is for the two clubs to merge. 

Woodville District Cricket Club will remain as its own entity in the West End Premier Cricket 1st Grade competition for the 2016/17 season. 

SACA reconfirms that additional funding will be provided towards infrastructure expenditure for facilities for a new entity, with additional funding towards on-costs such as legal fees, communications and marketing to facilitate a merger. 

SACA will continue to work with the new entity to source further funding from external sources. 

“It is important to SACA that, while pursuing the best interests of cricket in South Australia, we also seek ways to retain the history of the clubs involved with the Association where possible,” said SACA Chief Executive, Keith Bradshaw. 

“We believe the proposed merger will mitigate the issues identified in the Premier Cricket Report including the limitations within their respective geographical areas.”

The SACA Board also confirmed that should either club be unwilling to commit to merger discussions, it will immediately make a termination to return to a 12-team competition, reducing it from the current 13-team structure.