A new record for cricket participation was set across New South Wales and the ACT last season.
Almost 438,000 men and women, boys and girls of all ages took to the field over summer, an increase of six percent on the previous season.
This included an increase of more than 10,000 extra women and girls taking up the game for the first time.
About 30 percent of cricket participants are now female across NSW and around Australia.
Cricket NSW General Manager of Community Cricket, Ivan Spyrdz, is delighted with the latest increase.
“It’s fantastic that more people are playing and participating in cricket across NSW and ACT than ever before,” Mr Spyrdz said.
“We’ve never had more children, particularly girls, playing and sampling cricket in schools than we’ve had this year.
“To have a record result of 437,854 participants across NSW and ACT is brilliant, and shows cricket is very healthy.
“There is a new generation of young players who are falling in love with our game. That’s due to a range of reasons including a growing Women’s Big Bash League, emerging and engaging role models and a resurgence in our international performances across all formats.”
Across the Thunder Nation, more girls than ever are participating in the Thunder Girls Cricket League, a pathway for girls in cricket from U/11 to U/17.
Over 60 teams participated in the summer competition in leagues across Western Sydney and regional NSW, including Albury, Bathurst, Camden/Campbelltown, Parramatta, Penrith and Wagga Wagga, and more than 70 teams participated in the spring competition.