Cricket Australia has announced that Mount Gambier in
regional South Australia will host the 2016 Commonwealth Bank Australian
Country Cricket Championships.
The male division will feature six teams, including Western
Australia, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and the ICC
East Asia Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, and PNG) and will be played from 3-11
For the first time ever a female division will also feature at
the Championships, following a successful exhibition match at this year’s
The annual tournament was first held in 1984-85 and next
year’s championships will be the third time that Mount Gambier has hosted the
event. Next year’s presentation dinner will also feature the inaugural Hall of
Teams will play two-day, one-day and Twenty20 matches across
the week-long championships, with Queensland looking to defend its title won in
Bendigo earlier this year.
WA narrowly missed out to Queensland in 2014, having been the reigning champions after triumphing in Canberra in 2013.
Cricket Australia (CA) Executive General Manager of Game and
Market Development Andrew Ingleton said the Championships provide an important
opportunity for regional cricketers.
"The Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket
Championships is central in acknowledging and celebrating the significance of
"Country cricket is a tremendous breeding ground for
talented young players and it continues to produce players who progress to the
next level of the Australian Cricket Pathway.
"Regional Australia plays a critical role in Australia’s
success on the international stage, with a number of our national male and
female players having first learned the game in regional areas throughout
"This Championship has featured a number of players who have
gone onto represent Australia, including Michael Bevan, Andy Bichel and Shaun