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Under 19 Championship Series

Cricket News 10/12/02

The 2002-03 Commonwealth Bank Under-19 Championship Series begins in Canberra on Wednesday (11 December), with Australian states and territories competing in the re-formatted tournament.

This year, the championship will be played as a round robin event, maintaining the mix of one-day and two-day matches. The seven-round competition sees each state and territory play each other once during the 12-day series.

Under new rules introduced to the tournament, the winner of the Commonwealth Bank Under-19 Championship Series will be the team with the highest aggregate points from both the limited-over and two-day matches at the end of the seven-rounds on Sunday 22 December.

New South Wales will attempt to claim back-to-back championship titles after overcoming Queensland in last year’s final.

Three members of Australia’s International Cricket Council Under-19 World Champion team feature in this year’s championship. Aaron Bird (New South Wales), Mark Cosgrove (South Australia) and Adam Crosthwaite (Victoria) return to represent their state, along with South Australian duo Cameron Borgas and Callum Ferguson, both Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy scholarship holders.

Australian Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said the championship was important in developing promising players and preparing them for the next step in their career.

“The Commonwealth Bank Under-19 Championship Series continues to play a vital role in bridging the gap between elite youth and first-class cricket.

“Last season, several players went on to make their first-class debuts after participating in the 2001-02 championship, while 11 players were offered state or rookie contracts for the current season.

“This shows the strength of the game at this level and the important role that the championship plays in developing young cricketers,” said Mr Sutherland.

Since the series’ inception in 1969-70, 115 players at this level have progressed to represent Australia in the international arena. More than 450 have played first-class cricket.

Strong performances at this year’s event could lead to Australian selection for the 2003 international series against England. The Australian under-19 team takes on an England under-19 side in three four-day matches and five limited-over matches in January and February next year in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

The Australian under-19 team for the international series will be announced on Sunday 22 December at the Commonwealth Bank Under-19 Championship Series dinner in Canberra.

The Commonwealth Bank Under-19 Championship Series is run by the ACB in conjunction with the Australian Capital Territory Cricket Association.

Scorecards, reports and statistics from the Commonwealth Bank Under-19 Championship Series are available from the ACB’s official website, www.baggygreen.com.au.

2002-03 Commonwealth Bank Under-19 Championship Series Fixture

Round 1: Wednesday 11 December
1.NSW v WA Boomanulla
2.QLD v SA Stirling
3.TAS v NT ANU North
4.VIC v ACT Kingston

Round 2: Thursday 12 December
5.NSW v SA Majura
6.QLD v NT Manuka
7.TAS v ACT Kaleen
8.VIC v WA Grammar

Round 3: Friday 13 December
9.NSW v NT Kingston
10.QLD v ACT Grammar
11.TAS v WA Manuka
12.VIC v SA Boomanulla

Round 4: Sunday 15 December
13.NSW v ACT Manuka
14.QLD v WA Kaleen
15.TAS v SA Boomanulla
16.VIC v NT Stirling

Round 5: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 December
17.NSW v TAS Majura
18.QLD v VIC Kingston
19.WA v NT Grammar
20.SA v ACT ANU North

Round 6: Thursday 19 and Friday 20 December
21.NSW v VIC Stirling
22.QLD v TAS Boomanulla
23.WA v ACT Grammar
24.SA v NT Manuka

Round 7: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December
25. NSW v QLD Manuka
26.TAS v VIC Kingston
27.WA v SA Stirling
28.NT v ACT Boomanulla

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