This season will mark the return of two-day, red ball matches for the Men’s competition and a return to Twenty20 matches for the Women’s competition, both for the first time since 2019-20 – before the pandemic.
Both competitions will commence on the first weekend of October.
“We’re really excited about the upcoming season and look forward to a return to a well-rounded schedule for both our Men’s and Women’s competitions,” Cricket Victoria’s GM – Premier Cricket, Liam Murphy, said.
“After the past two seasons were impacted by the pandemic, to have two-day matches returning to the Men’s competition and T20 matches back for the Women’s competition is a fantastic outcome.
“Not only that, but to be able to align large parts of the season with the domestic schedule will give players the best chance of preparing and putting themselves in the frame for higher honours.
“We appreciate the continued support and hard work of all our clubs, volunteers and participants. It has been a challenging couple of years for all involved in community sport, but we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
The Men’s First XI fixture will see each club play eight two-day matches and seven one-day matches.
Two-day matches will be played in separate blocks at the start and end of the season, to align with Marsh Sheffield Shield fixtures. One-day matches will be played across November, December and early January.
The T20 Super Slam competition will also return, with five rounds and finals played on Tuesday nights from late November to lead in and run during the KFC Big Bash League.
In the Women’s First XI competition, each team will play 14 one-day matches – two against each opposition club – and seven T20 matches.
The First XI season will begin with two weekends of double-header T20 matches to provide the ideal preparation for players ahead of the Weber Women’s Big Bash League.
The Women’s T20 competition will break new ground, with Ringwood CC and Dandenong CC to each host a night game in December.
Both male and female underage competitions will also run again, with the Male Premier Under 17s (Dowling Shield) and Female Premier Under 18s (Marg Jennings Cup) to commence in December, with a five-round and four-round competition respectively.
To see the full list of playing dates for 2022-23, click here.
*Fixtures and venue allocations for matches are still TBC
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