Sydney Thunder and the Hobart Hurricanes will again contest the Indigenous T20 Cup, with this year’s series featuring a women’s and men’s team. The series will be held in northern Tasmania in November.
The introduction of the women’s side will provide an opportunity for indigenous cricket players across the Thunder Nation. The team will be captained by Sydney Thunder star Hannah Darlington (Kamilaroi).
Darlington, who was a part of the victorious NSW team at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships earlier this year, is excited about leading the Thunder Indigenous XI.
“It’s going to be a great experience to have that opportunity to be the first female captain of the Indigenous XI”, Darlington said at a NAIDOC Week event in Merrylands.
“It’s a really nice opportunity to be able to represent my culture, with Thunder and with the Aboriginal XI as well. I take it in my stride to be a role model for those girls coming through”.
Tyran Liddiard (Biripi) will again captain the men’s Indigenous XI, after a successful series in Orange last year.
“From a personal level, being able to captain the Thunder Indigenous XI and being able to represent my people and my culture, is something I hold dear to my heart”, said Liddiard, who has been involved in the team for three years.
“Being able to lead the boys out on the field is a privilege. I promise I will be doing my best, not only for Sydney Thunder, but also my culture”.
Both Darlington and Liddiard represented the Australian Aboriginal XI at the recent UK Tour, alongside five other players from the Thunder Indigenous XI.
Sydney Thunder is now accepting nominations for the women’s and men’s Thunder Indigenous XI, with the fixtures will take place in Tasmania in November 2018.