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Cricket: TIO Joins Women’s Strike League

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Northern Territory Cricket is delighted to announce that TIO, the Territory’s local insurer for over 40 years, has signed on as the naming rights partner of the 2019 TIO Strike League.

As part of the agreement with NT Cricket, TIO’s naming rights will cover the TIO Junior Strike League (7 – 12 July), TIO Women’s Strike League (27 July – 2 August) and TIO Men’s Strike League commencing (4-25 August).

The partnership between local insurer TIO and NT Cricket is a huge coup for cricket in the north as the TIO Strike League competition continues to go from strength to strength, following the announcement earlier this year that the Hobart Hurricanes have signed on as the fifth team in the TIO Men’s Strike League for the next three seasons.

Hot on the heels of the announcement that the Hobart Hurricanes BBL and Tasmanian men’s teams will tour the Top End in August, as well as the news that TIO have signed on naming rights partner, NT Cricket have secured yet another major coup.

The Hobart Hurricanes WBBL team will join the TIO Women’s Strike League from 2019, becoming the competition’s third team. The Hurricanes women’s team will take on local Territory teams the Northern Tide and Desert Blaze in a T20 competition running from 27 July to 2 August.

Coinciding with the TIO Women’s Strike League, the Tasmanian women’s and ACT women’s professional cricket teams will also tour the Top End in late July and conduct training camps along with a series of 50 overs matches ahead of the 2019 Women’s National Cricket League commencing.

All Tasmanian and ACT players in Darwin for the tour will take part in the TIO Women’s Strike League, playing alongside the Territory top women’s players within one of the three teams competing in the competition.

This groundbreaking initiative is part of NT Cricket’s strategy to position Darwin as a winter playing and training hub for cricket, in turn showcasing the Territory and all that the north has to offer, as well as providing greater opportunities for local cricketers, coaches and umpires.

Commenting on the partnership announcement and growth of the Women’s Strike League, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said:

“We’re delighted to welcome TIO to the NT Cricket family. TIO’s strength as an organisation lies in their understanding of the local community and they well and truly understand the significant potential for the TIO Strike League to become a major Territory event.

“In just two short years the TIO Strike League has put the national and international cricketing spotlight on the Territory, with the inclusion of the Hurricanes BBL and WBBL teams in 2019 set to take the event to the next level.

“Cricket is a sport for all, so we’re thrilled we’ve been able to partner with Cricket Tasmania and Cricket ACT to create a TIO Women’s Strike League competition that replicates the highly successfully TIO Men’s Strike League.

“Our top women’s and men’s amateur players now have the ability to take on some of the best professional cricketers in the world in their own backyard, a unique opportunity that doesn’t exist anywhere else.”

Speaking on the new partnership, TIO CEO Daryl Madden said:

"TIO is excited to partner with NT Strike League for the first time", Mr. Madden said.

"Cricket under Joel Morrison is expanding and doing great things in the community, particularly in the case of the TIO Strike League, across various age levels, and gender.

"The all important pathway to elite cricket for aspiring Territorian cricketers is amplified via the expansion of the TIO Strike league and we are pleased our investment will directly support this.

"TIO is proud to support local initiatives, particularly those that allow greater accessibility for women and emerging youngsters.

"We are really looking forward to the TIO Women's and Junior Strike League's next month".

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