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Kingsgrove Sport T20 launch’s pathway from Grade to Big Bash

The SCA has launched the 2014/15 Kingsgrove Sports T20 competition in a quest to find the next Big Bash star.

This year’s T20 tournament will be bigger and better than ever, with teams from the Central Coast, Newcastle, Illawarra and ACT competing against the other 20 1st grade sides. For the Central Coast and ACT it will be their first time competing in the Sydney T20 competition.

The tournament will begin in October and will see the competition split up into a Sydney Sixers division (predominantly East coast clubs) and a Sydney Thunder division (predominantly Western Sydney Clubs). The TravelSIM Waratahs will compete in the Sydney Sixers division.

A series of double and triple headers will be played at local grounds over two Sundays, with the winner of each conference playing off in the Grand Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday 2 November.

Each KFC T20 Big Bash League team has six supplementary spots available on their roster and selections will be crucial given the ability this season to replace International players, as well as long term injured players, from this list.

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In addition to the supplementary spots up for grabs, Academy teams from both the Sixers and Thunder conferences will be selected with further development planned throughout the upcoming summer. Both the Sixers and Thunder will be assessing talent at each of the matches with Sixers General Manager Dom Remond highlighting the pathways program.

“This new T20 tournament represents a very clear pathway for those involved to be part of the Big Bash League,” he said.

“Teams have six places on their supplementary lists and given we’ve required players from this list every season, there’s a good chance we’ll be calling on players again in BBL|04.

“The alignment of clubs to the Thunder and Sixers conferences for the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup will bring some real excitement to the tournament this year,” added Sydney Thunder General Manager Nick Cummins.

“The highly talented cricketers in the Thunder conference will get a chance to show their ability and earn a spot in our Academy team for this coming season with the opportunity to secure a place on our supplementary list or even a contract with the Thunder in future seasons.

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“It is a great chance for the teams to nurture the cricketing talent in their local areas”.

Long-time cricket supporter, Kingsgrove Sports, will be the competitions inaugural Major Sponsor. Manly’s campaign kicks off on the 12th October at Manly Oval with a triple header against Sydney and North Sydney.

  1. 9:00am – Manly vs Sydney
  2. 12:15pm – Sydney vs North Sydney
  3. 3:30pm – Manly vs North Sydney

Rnd 3 and 4 will be played on Sunday 19th October, with the Waratahs up against UNSW at Village Green at 10am, followed by a 2nd match on the other side of Sydney against Mosman at Allan Border Oval at 3pm. Yes that does mean 2 matches at 2 different venues on the same day. The Grand Final is played on Sunday 2 November.

For more information on the Cup please visit sydneythunder.com.au or sydneysixers.com.au

Thunder Conference : Fairfield, Bankstown, Blacktown, Hawkesbury, Sydney Uni, Parramatta, Wests, Campbelltown, ACT, Central Coast, Northern District, Penrith

Sixers Conference : Illawarra, Eastern Suburbs, Randwick Petersham, Sutherland, University of NSW, Mosman, St George, Newcastle, Gordon, Manly, Sydney, North Sydney

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