Cricket in New Ingerland

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Cricket in New Ingerland
Cricket match at Winstanley (geograph 4661480).jpg
A local cricket match
Governing bodyNICB
Registered players299,000
Clubs363
Characteristics
ContactNo
Team members11 players per side (Substitutes permitted in some circumstances)
Mixed genderYes, separate competitions
CategorisationTeam sport, Bat-and-ball
EquipmentCricket ball, cricket bat, wicket (stumps, bails), various protective equipment
VenueCricket field

The game of cricket is the pre-eminent summer sport in New Ingerland. Cricket is presently the most played sport over the summer months, and is the second most popular overall. Locally, the sport is controlled by the New Ingerland Cricket Board.

History

Exactly when the first games of cricket were played in New Ingerland is difficult to discern.

International cricket

Domestic competitions

On a domestic level, each county has a cricket team which competes in two separate competitions over summer:

  • A three-day first-class competition known as the National County Championship; and
  • A one-day competition, known as the Millennium Electric Cup.

First class

The domestic first class competition is the National County Championship, with seven of the counties, the two halves of Albanyshire, and the three ridings of Centralia represented by a team, for a total of twelve teams. All first class matches in New Ingerland are played over four days. The Championship, which was established in time for the 1883/84 season, is played every summer from November to March. Attendances to Championship matches have never been as high as international games, with most games averaging around 5,000-6,000 spectators over the four days of play. In the media, the Championship enjoys widespread coverage, with all formats dedicating significant time/space to the game. On television, there is at least one game a week broadcast on the Galaxy pay television network, with Radio Television New Ingerland also showing a highlights package each week on free-to-air television.

The twelve first class teams and their primary home grounds are:

  • New South Wales colours.svg Beaufortshire CCC (Fisher Park, Williamsdene)
  • Ireland colours.svg Deverauxshire CCC (Varley Oval, Swanbrook)
  • Castleford colours.svg East Albanyshire CCC (Glebe Park, Port Frederick)
  • Newcastle colours.svg East Riding CCC (County Ground, Kingsbury)
  • University colours.svg Fitzroyshire CCC (Fitzroy Oval, Corfe Harbour)
  • Australian colours.svg Lunen Island CCC (Lunenborough)
  • Canterbury colours.svg Middle Riding CCC (Shepton)
  • Western Suburbs colours.svg Vernonshire CCC (Langford)
  • New Zealand colours.svg Waylandshire CCC (Recreation Ground, TBD)
  • Newcastle foundation colours.svg West Albanyshire CCC (County Ground, Pasquale)
  • Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg West Riding CCC (Lynch Oval, Philipstown)
  • Country colours.svg Westerland CCC (Earnestvale)

Limited overs

New Ingerland's premier limited over cricket tournament is the Millennium Electric Cup. As with the first class Championship, each of the eight counties is represented by a team in the tournament, which is played at the start of the cricket season in early November. The format of the competition is somewhat unique as it involves teams batting two 25 over innings instead of the usual single innings format used by most national cricketing bodies. Unlike the first class form of the game, limited overs games tend to attract more spectators (averaging over 7,000-10,000 to most games) and enjoy prime-time coverage on free-to-air television.

Grade cricket

At the grade level, there are teams in every town and village, playing in competitions all through the summer. Most local competitions consist of four or five divisions or "grades", with the top flight first grade coming above the seconds, thirds, and so on.

Cricket grounds

There are numerous club grounds throughout New Ingerland. The following have been Test, First Class, and ODI cricket matches:

     Grounds used for test matches.

Ground Capacity Location First used Opponent
County Ground 4,000 Kingsbury, CENT OGFmapicon.png map 1960/61 Ingerland-flag.png Ingerland (vs. NICB Chairman's XI)
Fisher Park 28,600 Williamsdene, BEAU OGFmapicon.png map 1938/39 Vodeo Flag.png Vodeo
Kingsbury Stadium 48,500 Kingsbury, CENT OGFmapicon.png map 1927/28 Ingerland-flag.png Ingerland
Lynch Oval 19,500 Philpstown, CENT OGFmapicon.png map 1936/37 Karvaland flag.png Karvaland (vs. Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg West Riding CCC)
Glebe Park Stadium 16,000 Port Frederick, ABNY OGFmapicon.png map 1871/72 tbd

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