The Karen Rolton Oval precinct including surrounding ovals of Gladys Elphick Park / Narnungga (Park 25), ACH Group Stadium (Glenelg), and Adelaide Oval No. 2 will feature matches between each of the six States.

CA is working in partnership with the South Australian Government to ensure the competition proceeds in line with government regulations and COVID safety guidelines, with the safety of the South Australian community and all participants the highest priority.

Round one matches will begin on Saturday, October 10 with the West End Redbacks taking on Western Australia at Karen Rolton Oval, and Queensland facing Tasmania.

Acknowledging the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for all Victorian arrivals into South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales have agreed to postpone their round one game to begin on Tuesday, November 17.

A total of 1,000 spectators will be permitted at matches at Karen Rolton Oval and ACH Group Stadium under a COVID-Safe plan. Entry is free for SACA Members and the public.

Newly appointed Redbacks Head Coach Jason Gillespie is currently scheduled to arrive back in South Australia on October 6, and he will have to serve a mandatory 14-day isolation.

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, said the revised schedule highlighted the intent of Australian Cricket to provide as close to a full domestic schedule as possible during the pandemic.

“The Marsh Sheffield Shield is an incredibly strong competition and for generations has been a crucial factor in the success of the Australian men’s team,” Hockley said. “It is the envy of cricketing countries throughout the world.

“We would like to thank the South Australian government for their willingness to work together to deliver these fixtures."

“Many people have worked incredibly hard to arrive at this outcome, whilst recognising that player and staff safety and wellbeing remains the priority and having government restrictions in place to keep the community safe from COVID-19.

Corey Wingard South Australian Minister for Recreation, Sporting and Racing said:

“This is fantastic news for South Australian cricket fans and it’s a testament to the wonderful job our State has done in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The health and wellbeing of South Australia is our number one priority but safely holding sporting events like this will also help to boost the local economy and support jobs at a time we need it most.”

Keith Bradshaw, SACA CEO, said:

“We are pleased to play a significant role in delivering the summer of cricket and delighted that SACA Members and the public will have the opportunity to watch first-class cricket in South Australia.

“SACA appreciates the excellent working relationship between Premier Marshall, Minister Corey Wingard, Adelaide Oval, SA Health and Cricket Australia, which landed on this excellent and safe outcome for all.”

CA is planning to stage the remainder of the Marsh Sheffield Shield season, the Women’s National Cricket League, Marsh One-Day Cup and Under-19 Female and Male National Championships in 2021. Announcements regarding the fixturing of these matches will be made in due course.


Round 1

October 10-13: South Australia v Western Australia, Karen Rolton Oval

October 10-13: Queensland v Tasmania, Park 25

November 17-20: New South Wales v Victoria, venue TBC

Round 2

October 19-22: South Australia v Tasmania, Karen Rolton Oval

October 19-22: Western Australia v Queensland, Park 25

October 22-25: Victoria v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval No. 2

Round 3

October 30-November 2: New South Wales v Western Australia, Karen Rolton Oval

October 30-November 2: Victoria v Tasmania, Park 25

October 30-November 2: South Australia v Queensland, ACH Group Stadium, Glenelg

Round 4

November 8-11: Queensland v Victoria, Karen Rolton Oval

November 8-11: Western Australia v Tasmania, Park 25

November 8-11: South Australia v NSW, ACH Group Stadium, Glenelg