The SACA led Woolworths Cricket Blast programs recorded an 88 per cent growth of girls, who now make up 22 per cent of registered participants, which is the highest nationally.

SA also saw a strong growth in registered Junior Girls Cricket with a 42 per cent increase, and an overall rise of 29 per cent through WWCB programs which includes 20.4 per cent more registered boys.

SACA Super Cricket (Social Cricket) saw a huge growth of 157 per cent, which acknowledges the appeal of a fun, flexible format played 12 months of the year.

SACA CEO Keith Bradshaw extends his gratitude to volunteers and staff for their work and commitment to growing the game.

“These results are tremendous for South Australian cricket and it could not be possible without the tireless work of each of the volunteers in the community and our staff, “Bradshaw said.

“It is particularly pleasing to see the continued growth of female participants, and our goal is for that to continue especially after the huge success of the Women’s T20 World Cup.

“The numbers show that we are on the right track, and everybody is working hard to ensure a safe season ahead.”

Across the country, the Census saw a 3.8 per cent increase in registered participation (709,957) following three years of decline, and the combined total of kids in school programs and registered participation reached 1.77M (seven per cent increase year on year).

Belinda Clark, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Community Cricket, said: 

“We have experienced an overall increase in the number of teams playing as well as strong interest in Woolworths Cricket Blast (WWCB) registrations. I am also thrilled with the continuing growth in female participation across WWCB, junior cricket and senior cricket.  

“We will soon launch our new female participation strategy to accelerate this momentum. Cricket clubs around the country, today more than ever, will become an important place for the community to connect, feel safe and accepted as well as grow the sport we all love.  

“Our focus is to continue to support associations, clubs and their local communities, make participation options more enjoyable and accessible and to make volunteering easier, particularly as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.”