Marsh Sheffield Shield action is scheduled to return to Adelaide Oval in 2021-22, with the West End Redbacks hosting four long-form contests at the iconic venue. Karen Rolton Oval, after staging an extremely successful hub involving every State team last year, will again welcome the Redbacks in the coming season for their two home Marsh One-Day Cup clashes.
KRO will also kick-off the WNCL season on 23 September when the SA Scorpions face off against Western Australia. The Scorpions will light up the picturesque ground three times during the season, a fitting return to the venue that hosted its maiden professional day-night game when SA took on the ACT Meteors to close out the 2020-21 season.
Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations, Peter Roach spoke with excitement at the proposition of cricket’s return, while acknowledging the ongoing pandemic.
“We’re delighted to deliver a domestic schedule today which sees a return to full competitions across all formats. Like all sports, we cannot rule out facing challenges created by the global pandemic at some stage in the season. However, the lessons of the 2020-21 summer have prepared us well to be agile and adapt as required to deliver the best possible season for the players and fans.”
KRO’s packed diary has also found room for two Women’s Tour Matches, with Australia A hosting England A in back-to-back 50-over clashes at the venue in February.
Once again, the Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup fixtures will run concurrently throughout the season, with SA’s summer beginning early September in Victoria in the form of two 50-over games in three days. Four-day cricket then comes to Karen Rolton Oval on 28 September, with Western Australia occupying the visitor changerooms.
Domestic cricket will break for the KFC Big Bash League as the calendar reaches December; the conclusion of the Redbacks’ four-day clash against Victoria at Adelaide Oval will mark the transition to Twenty20 cricket. SA’s final clash of the regular season will also be a Shield battle with the old enemy, this time at CitiPower Centre, from 16-19 March.
The Sheffield Shield Final is slated for 26-30 March, while the One-Day Cup Final is earmarked for 27 February.
For the SA Scorpions, the WNCL will feature a full eight-game fixture. Two games, both at Karen Rolton Oval, will take place late September while the CommBank Series against India is also played. The Scorpions will then head to Tasmania and Victoria for a second block of games following WBBL|07, before finishing the regular season in the new year across venues in Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide.
The WNCL Final has been scheduled for 6 March, a fixture that the highest-finishing team has historically hosted.
*Matches and travel remain subject to any relevant government restrictions or requirements. Cricket Australia reserves the right to adjust the 2021-22 Marsh Sheffield Shield, Marsh One-Day Cup, Women's National Cricket League and tour match schedules.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SUMMER OF CRICKET
MARSH SHEFFIELD SHIELD
Sep 28 – Oct 1: South Australia v Western Australia, Karen Rolton Oval
Oct 14 – 17: South Australia v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval
Oct 25 – 28: Queensland v South Australia, Ian Healy Oval
Nov 7 – 10: Tasmania v South Australia, Blundstone Arena
Nov 17 – 20: South Australia v Queensland, Adelaide Oval
Nov 28 – Dec 1: South Australia v Victoria, Adelaide Oval
Feb 6 – 9: Western Australia v South Australia, WACA Ground
Feb 17 – 20: New South Wales v South Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground
Mar 5 – 8: South Australia v Tasmania, Adelaide Oval
Mar 16 – 19: Victoria v South Australia, CitiPower Centre
March 26 – 30, TBC v TBC, TBC (Foxtel)
MARSH ONE-DAY CUP
Sep 11: Victoria v South Australia, CitiPower Centre (Foxtel)
Sep 13: South Australia v Tasmania, CitiPower Centre (Foxtel)
Oct 3: South Australia v Western Australia, Karen Rolton Oval
Oct 6: South Australia v Tasmania, Karen Rolton Oval
Oct 30: Queensland v South Australia, Ian Healy Oval
Feb 11: Western Australia v South Australia, WACA Ground
Feb 22: New South Wales v South Australia, North Sydney Oval (Foxtel, D/N)
Feb 27: TBC v TBC, TBC (Foxtel)
WOMEN’S NATIONAL CRICKET LEAGUE
Sep 23: South Australia v Western Australia, Karen Rolton Oval
Sep 27: South Australia v Australian Capital Territory, Gladys Elphick Park
Dec 16: Tasmania v South Australia, Blundstone Arena
Dec 19: Victoria v South Australia, CitiPower Centre
Jan 7: Australian Capital Territory v South Australia, Manuka Oval
Jan 9: South Australia v Western Australia, Manuka Oval
Feb 15: New South Wales v South Australia, North Sydney Oval (D/N)
Feb 18: South Australia v Queensland, Karen Rolton Oval
Mar 6: TBC v TBC, TBC
Feb 8: Australia A v England A, Karen Rolton Oval (50-over)
Feb 10: Australia A v England A, Karen Rolton Oval (50-over)