Premier Cricket kicked off nationally in Queensland this month, signalling the return of cricket for the 2020-21 summer.
Queensland captain Usman Khawaja and his Valley District teammate Lachlan Pfeffer turned heads with their first round performances, with Khawaja’s 124* (108) setting up a first up victory for Valley, while Pfeffer’s 82 and 216 has him atop the runs scoring list.
Their Valley teammate and ACA Premier Cricket Program Member Andrew Gode also contributed six wickets and 79 runs across the opening two weeks.
In the women's competition, Queensland and Brisbane Heat star Georgia Redmayne ignited her campaign with a blistering 146 (85) for Gold Coast.
Queensland's Premier Cricket competition is featuring a number of Queensland Contracted Players and ACA Members leading into upcoming WBBL and Sheffield Shield seasons.
Throughout Queensland, and around Australia, the ACA Premier Cricket Program is in its final stages of funding allocation with clubs, with most clubs having secured their members for the year.
With a high retention rate from 2019-20, many ACA members are returning to their clubs once again to play, coach or mentor.
However, around the country there are a number of players and coaches who are involved in the Premier Cricket Program for the first time or are returning to the Program after time on a state or W/BBL contract.
Luke Doran – Fairfield Liverpool
Saskia Horely – Gordon Womens
Hannah Trethewy – Campbelltown-Camden
Luke Feldman – Northern Suburbs
Alister McDermott – Wynnum Manly
Steffanie Daffara – North Hobart
Tim Coyle – Greater Northern Raiders
Julia Price – Clarence Cricket Club
Andrew Fekete – Camberwell Magpies
John Hastings – Frankston Peninsula
Mel Jones – Essendon Maribyrnong Park
Simon Mackin – Melbourne University
Eamon Vines – Geelong Cricket Club
Cameron White – Melbourne Cricket Club
Cameron Stevenson – Carlton Cricket Club
Victoria boasts a number of ex-Victorian and Australian players involved in the program, with Cameron White, Mel Jones, Andrew Fekete and John Hastings all joining the program.
While ex-Western Australian quick Simon Mackin looks to reinvigorate his career at Melbourne University.
While in other states, Queensland stalwart Luke Feldman will be involved as a Player-Coach at Northern Suburbs and ex-Australian wicket-keeper will be coaching at Clarence Cricket Club.
Cameron White and Bhavi Devchand have both had very different career paths to date, but are united by the support and benefits of the ACA's Premier Cricket Program.