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All you need to know for the indoor national championships – cricket.com.au

What is the Indoor Cricket National Championships? 

Australia’s most talented indoor cricket players will return to the national stage for the first time since 2019 when the 2022 Indoor Cricket National Championships commence at Casey Stadium in Victoria this Sunday.

More than 800 players and officials will take part in the championships from 25 June to 9 July, with 48 teams to compete for national titles across five open age divisions and five junior divisions across the two weeks.

The ten divisions include: Open Men, Open Women, 22&U Men, 22&U Women, Taveners division for players with an intellectual disability, U14 Boys, U15 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U18 Boys.

W/BBL contracted players Sarah Coyte (NSW captain-coach/Melbourne Renegades), Meagan Dixon (QLD captain/Adelaide Strikers), Clint Hinchliffe (WA/Melbourne Stars), and Tegan McPharlin (SA/Adelaide Strikers) will all be in action at the championships.

The championships first started in 1985, and have been played every year since, except for 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

Queensland are the most successful state, having won 21 Open Men’s championships and 18 Open Women’s, and the Maroons are the defending champions in both the Open Men and Open Women divisions, with the women’s team looking to make it four in a row.

Indoor cricket’s rules explained, for newbies

It can take a bit to wrap your head around this if you’re used to only playing the traditional game outdoors, so let’s break it down.

The game is played inside a netted area that is divided into a front court (where the striker faces) and back court (where the ball is bowled from).

Each team has a maximum of eight players, and every player participates equally. By that we mean every player bats the same number of overs, and every player bowls two overs.

Each innings last 16 overs (six balls per over, like usual). There must be four fielders, including the wicketkeeper in the front court, and the rest in the backcourt.

Teams set their batting order in pairs, and each pair will stay in for four overs, regardless of how many times a batter gets ‘out’ like in outdoor cricket. So instead of a team losing wickets and that batter not being able to bat again, there’s a runs deduction for a dismissal.

‘Skin’ in the game

We’ll get to how individual runs are scored in a bit, but first we need to talk about the extra level of strategy involved in indoor, which is the ‘Skins’ scoring system that helps determine the ladder position of teams in the championships.

Firstly, a win by scoring more runs in your 16 overs will net the team three points (or 1.5 points for a tie, and 0 for a loss).

Then there is a skin available for each batting pair, so four in total. The batting pairs go head-to-head with the corresponding pair on the opposing team (ie, 1v1, 2v2 etc), and the pair that has scored more runs in their four-over block wins that skin for their team.

The idea is to provide additional levels of strategy and interest in matches regardless of the total score. So a team could in theory lose a match by a hefty margin, but if the defeated team had three of their pairs outscore their rival pairs, they would still collect three points …….

Source: https://www.cricket.com.au/news/indoor-cricket-australian-national-championships-all-you-need-to-know-guide-melbourne/2022-06-24

What is the Indoor Cricket National Championships? 

Australia’s most talented indoor cricket players will return to the national stage for the first time since 2019 when the 2022 Indoor Cricket National Championships commence at Casey Stadium in Victoria this Sunday.

More than 800 players and officials will take part in the championships from 25 June to 9 July, with 48 teams to compete for national titles across five open age divisions and five junior divisions across the two weeks.

The ten divisions include: Open Men, Open Women, 22&U Men, 22&U Women, Taveners division for players with an intellectual disability, U14 Boys, U15 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U…….

What is the Indoor Cricket National Championships? 

Australia’s most talented indoor cricket players will return to the national stage for the first time since 2019 when the 2022 Indoor Cricket National Championships commence at Casey Stadium in Victoria this Sunday.

More than 800 players and officials will take part in the championships from 25 June to 9 July, with 48 teams to compete for national titles across five open age divisions and five junior divisions across the two weeks.

The ten divisions include: Open Men, Open Women, 22&U Men, 22&U Women, Taveners division for players with an intellectual disability, U14 Boys, U15 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U…….

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