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JLT Australia partners with Cricket - 2017-18, men's domestic schedule released

August 21, 2017

Schedule highlights:

- Tournament-style JLT One-Day Cup continues from 27 September-21 October with matches to be hosted in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and the finals in Hobart

- Three JLT Sheffield Shield rounds to be played prior to the Ashes, with the first round to be a day-night format.

- JLT Sheffield Shield returns to Junction Oval

- CA XI team to continue to compete in JLT One-Day Cup following successful First-Class debuts of several of last year’s emerging players 

Rights free images of the JLT announcement available here.

Cricket Australia (CA) today confirmed that Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Australia has signed as a partner of Cricket Australia for the next four years, continuing in their role as official risk partner of CA.

The partnership provides JLT Australia with naming rights for the Sheffield Shield from the 2017-18 season, the 116th consecutive running of Australia’s domestic first-class competition, as well as brand exposure at men’s domestic and international cricket matches.

JLT will also take-up naming rights sponsorship of the One-Day Cup for the upcoming season.

The new partnership will help to ensure the strength of Australia’s high-performance pathway, according to Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland.

“JLT has been Cricket Australia’s risk partner for many years and we are excited to be strengthening this partnership and aligning JLT with our premier men’s domestic product, the Sheffield Shield.

“We know there will be a big build up, with a focus on player preparation in the first part of the Sheffield Shield, which will provide JLT some fantastic opportunities.

“Domestic Cricket is the nursery ground for our Australian stars and we look forward to working with JLT and supporting their growth objectives in their partnership with Cricket,” said Mr Sutherland.

Leo Demer, CEO of JLT Australia and New Zealand, said JLT is honoured to partner with Cricket Australia.

“Being the leader in the business of sport risk in Australia, we are proud to continue our tradition of bringing the game to the broader community. We are delighted to support Cricket Australia as the official risk partner and contribute to an integral part of Australia’s sporting culture at the elite and grass roots levels.” said Mr Demer.

“Supporting the game that unites and inspires Australians of many ages and cultures is important to JLT and this partnership with Cricket Australia highlights our shared values of hard work, ingenuity, and collaboration.”

Elite cricket will continue to serve new and existing markets following the announcement of the JLT One-Day Cup and Sheffield Shield schedules for the 2017-18 summer of cricket.

The summer will commence on 27 September, with the JLT One-Day Cup to be hosted in its tournament-style format in Perth and Brisbane, before heading to Sydney with the finals to be played in Hobart.

A CA XI squad will again feature in the tournament and will be the seventh team, playing against defending champions New South Wales, finalists South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.

The continuation of the CA XI is an important element of the Australian Cricket Pathway. CA XI squads featured in the National Youth Championships, at under-17 and under-19 level for male players, and under-18 for female cricketers.

The 116th JLT Sheffield Shield season launches with a day-night round on 26 October at the WACA Ground and the Gabba, and 27 October at Adelaide Oval, ahead of the first-ever Ashes day-night Test, in Adelaide. It will be the only day-night Sheffield Shield round this season. The Sheffield Shield Final will also be played earlier, across five days, from 23-27 March.

The competition will return to Junction Oval, which makes up the 53 first-class venues across Australia, and is slated to host Victoria and New South Wales from 6 March.

A bonus points system will continue for the Sheffield Shield, with 0.1 bonus points awarded for every wicket taken in the first 100 overs of an innings (for a maximum of 1.0 bowling bonus points per innings), and 0.01 for every run above 200 in the first 100 overs.

Following the successful trial of Dukes balls in the second half of the Shield last season, they will again be used from Round 6 to improve players’ adaptability.  

The Toyota Futures League fixtures were also finalised and are available below.

Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations, Peter Roach said:

“The 2017-18 season is going to be equally action-packed for our men’s and will see elite cricket played around the country from September.

“The way the schedule has been structured also reinforces the significant role our domestic competitions play in helping players prepare for cricket at international level. From the high level of competition in the Domestic One-Day Cup to start the summer, to day-night rounds in the Sheffield Shield, we want our players to have the skills to succeed not just domestically but at the highest level against international opponents.

“After just two years, Australian cricket is starting to see significant benefits from exposing Australia’s emerging talent at a higher level through the CA XI.

“From year one to year two we have seen massive advances in the performance of the squad.

"In 2015-16, three batsmen passed 50, and last season we saw Ryan Gibson score a century and two half-centuries alone, with four other players also passing 50, two on multiple occasions. Gibson was the seventh-highest run scorer for the competition, while spinner Arjun Nair was the equal-fifth leading wicket-taker.

“From that first year, Hilton Cartwright has since gone on to make his Test debut and feature in an ODI squad, while Mitchell Swepson was a member of the Test squad which recently toured India. 

"Twelve players who have represented the CA XI over the two years have since played Sheffield Shield cricket, while five players who represented the CA XI in the first year of the trial went on to play for their state side in the Matador BBQs Cup in the season just completed.

“On Dukes balls, players welcomed this change positively and our analysis from the season just gone showed that the ball slightly favoured the bowlers over the batsman when compared to the red Kookaburra ball. 

“Bowlers took wickets at 34.6 runs/wicket with the red Kookaburra ball and 28.9 runs/wicket with the Dukes ball.  In three red-ball Kookaburra rounds there were 19 centuries scored against 18 centuries in five rounds with the Dukes.  On average, there were 93 wickets taken per round (3 matches) with the Dukes ball and 90 wickets with the red Kookaburra. 

“We know we have a strong structure to our domestic competitions.  They identify and elevate players who are performing, so that we can continue to strive for success on the international stage and ensure our players are provided with the very best opportunities to perform to their ability at home and away,” concluded Mr Roach.

The full list of fixtures for each competition can be found here:

JLT Sheffield Shield

JLT One-Day Cup

Toyota Futures League 

For more information about the 2017-18 summer of cricket, and for tickets to international cricket series, visit www.cricket.com.au