Adelaide Cricket Club took the title in Conference 1, edging out Woodville, while Sturt defeated Glenelg in the Conference 2 final.

The six teams in Conference 1 were involved in the Junior Formats pilot, which was a resounding success.

“We’re really pleased with the success of the carnival and in particular the success of the Junior Formats pilot for Premier Cricket,” SACA Premier Cricket Manager Nathan Magill said.

“Our community cricket field force took the opportunity to survey coaches and players during the course of the carnival with overall pleasing results about the Junior Formats concept.”

“Over the next few weeks, we will be working with our high performance team to provide data to our clubs on the pilot.”

Former South Australia first-class cricketer and current Adelaide Cricket Club coach Geoff Attenborough admits he is now a convert to Junior Formats for Under 12s, despite being initially hesitant.

“I’m fairly traditional being an old first-class cricketer and I was pretty against it (the Junior Formats) but once we did it, I thought it was really, really good,” Attenborough said.

“The bowling was more accurate, especially medium pacers, and the fielding restrictions were most important as batters were able to work on getting the ball to areas they normally couldn’t.”

“I think clubs that don’t want to do it would really be lacking, as the kids will get better doing it.”

Through SACA’s Cricket Connects project, there has been a working group established that identified a need for a greater emphasis on the spirit of cricket in the game

Prior to the carnival, all players, coaches and umpires were presented with drink bottles, emblazoned with ‘spirit of cricket’, while coaches and umpires also received a spirit of cricket lapel pin.

SACA staff spoke to the Under 12s about what it means to demonstrate the spirit of cricket, before getting into the action on the field.

All teams played two T20 matches on Monday and Tuesday, followed by a 40-over match on Wednesday and finals on Thursday.