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Most areas of the Sutherland Shire have local cricket clubs that can offer the opportunity to play in junior or senior cricket competitions. These competitions are administered by Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association (junior) and the Sutherland Shire Cricket Association (senior). Engadine Dragons was established in 1959 and is the local club for the most southern area of the Shire.

Cricket is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a great Australian sport and Engadine Dragons is proud to be a part of this by providing pathways for our junior players to progress through to either playing in our senior sides or playing for the Sutherland District Grade Club.

Senior cricket administered by the Sutherland Shire Cricket Association (SSCA) provides a graded competition generally from A1 to A3, B1 to B9 and C1 to C3. These grades may vary from season to season depending on registration numbers.

 
Engadine Dragons has a strong senior division and can provide the opportunity for players of various abilities to compete at a level they are capable of. The competition format provided through the season usually comprise of a mix of two day matches and one day matches played within the Shire. The two day matches are played over two Saturday afternoons commencing at 1.30pm with sixty overs per side. The one day matches are played over one Saturday afternoon commencing at 1pm with forty overs per side.

Junior cricket competitions are split into age groups (U8, U10, U12, U14, U16) and are administered by the Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association (SSJCA). Their four formats consisting of T20, Modified, Split Innings and Traditional and are played under various rules and formats that allow all levels of players to participate.

The U8 MILO T20 Blast is available for boys and girls who are under the age of eight years old as of August 31 in the year of registering. T20 Blast cricket provides a much shorter version of traditional cricket, with a maximum of 90 minutes playing time. The 16 week program runs from October to March with no play over the Christmas Holidays and is played Saturday mornings from 8am to 9.30am at the same venue each week.

U10 to U16 junior cricket is played on Saturday mornings within the Shire. Normally played over 10 rounds each match takes two Saturday’s to complete. Depending on the rules and format matches can commence at 8am or 10.10am and take two to three hours to complete. The later start time takes two hours to complete.

U10 to U16 Formats

10A & 10B – Split Innings 40 over matches on a shorter length pitch (16mts) using a soft ball. 11 players are able to bat and bowl with only 9 fielders allowed on the field. There a compulsory retirement on 25 runs or batsman can be voluntarily retired after 10 overs, both retirements are recorded as not out and each batsman can return to the crease once all wickets have fallen. Bowlers can bowl a maximum of 5 overs each.

10C and lower – Modified Split Innings 30 over matches on a shorter length pitch (16mts) using a soft ball. 5 pairs of players are allowed to bat for 6 overs per pair with only 8 fielders allowed on the field. Bowlers can bowl a maximum of 3 overs each until all bowlers have bowled.

12A – Traditional 50 over matches on full length pitch using 142 gram leather ball. 11 players are able to bat, bowl and field. There a compulsory retirement on 50 runs or batsman can be voluntarily retired after 15 overs, both retirements are recorded as not out and each batsman can return to the crease once all wickets have fallen. Bowlers can bowl a maximum of 8 overs each.

12B – Split Innings 50 over matches on full length pitch using 142 gram leather ball. 11 players are able to bat, bowl and field. There a compulsory retirement on 50 runs or batsman can be voluntarily retired after 15 overs, both retirements are recorded as not out and each batsman can return to the crease once all wickets have fallen. Bowlers can bowl a maximum of 8 overs each.

12C and lower –Split Innings 40 over matches on full length pitch using 142 gram leather ball. 11 players are able to bat and bowl with only 9 fielders allowed on the field. There a compulsory retirement on 25 runs or batsman can be voluntarily retired after 10 overs, both retirements are recorded as not out and each batsman can return to the crease once all wickets have fallen. Bowlers can bowl a maximum of 8 overs each.

U14 and U16 – Play either Traditional or Split Inning 50 over matches on a full length pitch using 156 gram leather ball. 11 players are able to bat, bowl and field.

  • SSJCA Official Rules, Regulations, Policies, Guidelines and Key Information
  • Changes to the SSJCA Regulations 2017-18