Tasmania will play host to some of the most talented underage cricketers in the country in December, with the Under 19 Male National Championships returning to the state for the first time since 2013-14.
New ground will also be broken as the tournament incorporates day-night matches into its fixture for the first time, with games to be played from 4-15 of December.
Day-night matches will take place at Launceston’s UTAS Stadium and Hobart’s Blundstone Arena, as well as a day-night Grand Final at the home of the Hobart Hurricanes, as Australia’s best young male cricketers vie for selection in Australia’s 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup squad.
Chris Garett, Cricket Tasmania Cricket Operations Manager, said it was a terrific opportunity for the state to host an increased level of high quality pathway cricket, on top of hosting the finals of the JLT One Day Cup competition in October.
“We’re very excited to be hosting this tournament again and are thankful for Cricket Australia giving us this opportunity,” he said.
“Cricket Tasmania, host clubs and ground authorities have a strong reputation hosting successful events and if playing games in both Hobart and Launceston is successful then this model could be replicated in future.”
City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said Launceston was well positioned to co-host the national carnival.
"We have already hosted the women's Big Bash League here in Launceston, and we're extremely excited about the prospect of hosting the Hobart Hurricanes later in the year,” Mayor van Zetten said.
"This national junior tournament will go a long way to cementing Launceston's growing reputation as one of the top sporting capitals of the country.”
West Tamar Mayor Christina Holmdahl said the tournament was a reward for the hard work which had been put into the region’s sporting facilities.
“The West Tamar Council is excited to host part of The Under 19 Male National Championships and showcase our wonderful Windsor Community Precinct Facility,” she said.
Our staff work tirelessly to ensure that the ground and surrounds are kept up to the highest standard and welcome the national teams to compete in our beautiful municipality.”
The full list of fixtures can be found at www.nationalchamps.com.au.