Australia 2013/14 > Alice Springs - Cricket Facts, Stats and Ticket Details
The Chairman's XI vs. England XI at Traeger Park: Friday 29th - Saturday 30th November 2013.
Tickets are just $10.00AU per person in the Barmy Army Pavilion - tiered bench seating for 200 and grass banks for 200.
Alice Springs might not be thought of as a cricketing mecca but cricket has played an enormous part in the history of the town and is widely recognised as one of the founding sports of the community.
Cricket can be traced back to 1929 when games were played on the roof of the Hotel Alice Springs. The Hotel was owned by Ly Underdown or 'Uncle' Lys and he was to play a significant role in the development of both the town and the love of cricket amongst the population. You can see this for yourself by checking out the wall of "Uncles Tavern" on Gregory Terrace.
The Alice Springs Cricket Association was formed in November 1946 when the main ground was the Anzac Oval, now home to rugby. The turf wicket remains though as a reminder of a bygone era.
Traeger Park where the England boys will be playing opened in 1961 and is now a base for sport in the town with the Imparja Cup putting the Park and cricket in Alice Springs on the map. First started in 1994 as a game between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Indigenous Players, the competition is now a nation wide event with teams coming from each State and Territory to compete.
Other major events include the Calder Shield - a intra territory competition with the Northern Territory which first began in 1945 and the Desert Rose Cup involving the best female players from the Darwin and Alice Springs Leagues.
Cricket in Alice Springs continues to grow and Alice Springs has in recent years been rated as the fastest growing region for cricket in Australia.