The next generation of New South Wales cricketers will be on show this weekend when the annual Youth Championships get underway on Sunday.

More than 100 teams from across the Sydney metropolitan area will take part in the tournament, which is regarded as a steppingstone towards representative cricket.

“The Youth Championships represent an opportunity for players to begin their journey into elite cricket,” Nic Bills, NSW Pathways Manager, said.

“It is an exciting opportunity for the next generation to test their skills against the best of the best in their respective age brackets.

“This is the entry point for many of our future stars into our elite pathways.”

Matches will be played across five age brackets, including under 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, and 17s, with in excess of 1,300 athletes taking part.

Meanwhile, the best-of-the-best from regional New South Wales will also have the opportunity to showcase their skills with a series of one-day matches to mark the start of the Country Youth Championships, which lead into a series of carnivals in December.

“Cricket NSW is committed to providing opportunities for the next generation to showcase their skills, irrespective of their geographical location,” Bills said.

The Mollie Dive Shield for under-13’s girls, and the Margaret Peden Shield for under 15’s women are scheduled to get underway in late January.