The future stars of Australian cricket will be on display in Fremantle this weekend when the 2019-20 Cricket Australia Under 19 National Championships come to Stevens Reserve.
New South Wales Country will take on the Northern Territory on Sunday 8 December, while the combatants in a second game on Monday 9 December will be determined by results throughout the tournament.
A reserve day on Tuesday 10 December has also been pencilled in case of bad weather.
Fremantle District Cricket Club President David Davenport said it was a great honour for Stevens Reserve to be chosen as a championship venue.
“We’ve always believed that the wickets and the outfield at Stevens Reserve are right up there with the best in the state, so to be chosen as a host venue for the championships is recognition of that,” Mr Davenport said.
“Players in the current Australian test squad like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Travis Head all used the Under 19 championships as an important stepping stone in their careers.
“We’ll have some of best young talent in the country playing here over the weekend so the competition will be fierce and it will be great to watch.”
To help in preparing for the championships and to protect the playing surface during the event dogs at Stevens Reserve will be required to be kept on a lead from 7pm on Friday 6 December until the close of play on Monday 9 December.
In the unlikely event that the reserve day is required due to bad weather dogs will also be required to be on lead on Tuesday 10 December.