Cricket chief bowled over at Murdoch

September 15, 2017

How's that? James Sutherland (right) takes on the state’s disability team in the cricket nets at Murdoch University.

Murdoch University played host when Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland trained with the state’s top cricketers with disabilities.

Senior leaders from Murdoch University and the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) were on hand, as Mr Sutherland took part in a training session with the West Australian State Disability Cricket Teams at the University’s sports grounds.

Western Australia has cricket representatives in the Intellectual Disability, Blind Cricket and Deaf Cricket divisions.

Mr Sutherland’s visit to Murdoch University formed part of his week-long national tour to promote National Play Cricket Week. He will visit all eight states and territories throughout the week as Cricket Australia showcases all formats of cricket that are available to the Australian public.

“This is the fifth activity we’ve been involved with this week for National Play Cricket Week to showcase the diversity of cricket as a sport,” Mr Sutherland said.

CEO of the WACA, Christina Matthews said the state’s disability cricket program has been outstanding.

“We’ve set it as one of our targets to lead the way with diversity across Australia,” she said.

Murdoch University has had a long-standing relationship with cricket in Western Australia, establishing a partnership with the WACA in 2011, which has produced significant benefits for Murdoch students and the WACA.

The WACA provide access for Murdoch University students to be involved in junior and senior high performance programs in the important area of sports science, and deliver coaching courses to Murdoch health and physical education students.

Male and female cricketers from the Perth Scorchers, Western Warriors, Western Fury, talent development squads and premier cricket clubs have also taken part in various batting and bowling studies undertaken at Murdoch University.

In 2011, the WACA worked with Murdoch to construct new cricket facilities, which included playing fields, turf practice and centre wickets and new clubrooms.

The WACA provide the ground staff to oversee the development of the grounds into a high quality training and playing complex.

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