There is a strong sense of hope as Cricket starts its innings with registrations open this week.


The sport is looking to regain momentum from a Covid-ravaged season in New South Wales, the results highlighted in the 2021-22 Australian Cricket Census, released this week.

One of the key takeaways of the Census is that club cricket is at the heart of the game and stronger than ever, both nationally and in NSW, driven by a strong and committed Volunteer group

Club cricket across Australia saw a steady 5% growth in 21-22, up from 2% in 2020-21. NSW Club cricket followed the national pattern with a more modest 0.9% growth.

Joanne Scanlon, General Manager – Community Cricket Experience, Cricket NSW: “A big part of our moving forward this season is keeping the players we have and bringing first-time players, particularly the 5-12-year-olds, and their families, to the sport with short, fast and fun cricket.”

Another key marker on the Census numbers was the increasing popularity of women and girls’ cricket across the state.

In NSW, registered participation in women’s cricket increased by a whopping 18% in the last year, making a great comeback from the Covid slump to stand at 91% of the pre-Covid participation in 2019/20.

Scanlon says that a big part of Cricket NSW’s Community Cricket strategy revolves around increasing the popularity of women’s cricket to unprecedented levels. There are measures focussed on girls’ School and Blast after-school programs all around NSW schools.

When broken into Metro region and regionals, W&G cricket saw increased registrations in the regions from the previous 2020-21 season, but recorded lower numbers in the most metro areas, except Sydney South East.

The 2021-22 Australian Cricket Census is the 20th annual audit of Australian cricket participation. The Census has become an measure for Community Cricket, setting targets and monitoring trends for the long‐term enhancement of Australian cricket.

The Census only includes formal participants in organised competitions and programs. It does not include participants in cricket activities which do not meet a minimum program requirement of four weeks/games duration.

The Census is compiled by the Community Cricket department at Cricket Australia and each State and Territory Cricket association, and an independent validation of the process and results is conducted by Street Ryan Consulting.

If you’d like to know more about the 2021-22 Australian Cricket Census, please click here