After consultation with States and Territories Associations and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, CA has agreed to condense both the Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup in recognition of the extra requirements and responsibilities placed upon players, officials and staff on account of the coronavirus pandemic and related biosecurity protocols.
The result is an eight-game home-and-away Sheffield Shield season, while the 2020-21 Marsh One-Day Cup will be played over five rounds and will culminate in a final on 11 April.
South Australia will host five more games for the 2020-21 season (excluding potential finals) across the Sheffield Shield, Marsh Cup, and WNCL.
The highlight is a return of the Marsh Cup to Adelaide Oval in the form of a day-night clash with the West End Redbacks and New South Wales on Thursday, 4 March.
SA will also play a Shield match at Adelaide Oval against NSW, beginning Saturday, 6 March, after the State successfully hosted the first four rounds in a biosecure Adelaide Hub.
The WNCL has retained its eight-game competition, increased from six last season for the first time, with the Statewide Super SA Scorpions to play three home games at Karen Rolton Oval towards the end of the season.
States will advise which matches will be open to the public as per the public health situation in their jurisdiction at the time.
Drew Ginn, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager High Performance, thanked everyone across Australian Cricket for their professionalism, persistence and passion to deliver an outstanding summer of domestic cricket in challenging circumstances.
“Today’s announcement safeguards the integrity of the Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup competitions while managing the physical and mental wellbeing of players, officials and staff on account of the extraordinary demands placed upon them this season,” Ginn said. “It also ensures that we will see a full Women’s National Cricket League schedule executed over the coming months.
“It is out of this duty of care that, with the input and support of the States and Territories Associations and the ACA, we have elected to shorten the Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup, while ensuring both competitions are of a sufficient length to ensure a high-level of competition for teams and players.”
SACA CEO Keith Bradshaw said:
“We are thankful to all in Australian cricket to reach this outcome in extraordinary circumstances, not least of which the players, some of which have lived in a Hub environment since the middle of last year.
“We are looking forward to hosting more games for our Members and fans this summer, including what will be an exciting return of men’s one-day domestic cricket to Adelaide Oval.”
SA’s remaining Marsh Sheffield Shield fixtures:
*denotes match to be shown on Foxtel and Kayo. All matches streamed on CA Live.
25-28 February: Western Australia v South Australia (WACA Ground)
6-9 March: South Australia v New South Wales (Adelaide Oval)
23-26 March: Queensland v South Australia (Ian Healy Oval, Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club)
3-6 April: Victoria v South Australia (CitiPower Centre)
15-19 April: Final (Venue TBC)*
SA’s Marsh One-Day Cup fixtures:
**denotes match to be shown on Foxtel. All matches streamed on Kayo and CA Live.
2 March: Western Australia v South Australia (WACA Ground)
4 March: South Australia v New South Wales (Adelaide Oval, day/night)**
12 March: South Australia v Tasmania (CitiPower Centre)**
28 March: Queensland v South Australia (Allan Border Field)
8 April: Victoria v South Australia (CitiPower Centre)**
11 April: Final (Venue TBC)**
SA’s remaining Women’s National Cricket League fixtures:
***denotes match to be shown on Foxtel, Kayo and CA Live
****denotes match to be streamed on CA Live only
20 February: Queensland v South Australia (Allan Border Field)
23 February: Victoria v South Australia (CitiPower Centre)***
28 February: South Australia v New South Wales (Karen Rolton Oval)
9 March: Western Australia v South Australia (WACA Ground)
19 March: South Australia v Tasmania (Karen Rolton Oval)
21 March: South Australia v Australian Capital Territory (Karen Rolton Oval, day/night)
27 March: Final (Venue TBC)***