Indigenous cricket


The SACA, in conjunction with representatives from the South Australian Indigenous community, coordinates opportunities for indigenous people to be involved in the game of cricket.

Each year a state-wide carnival is run with teams from metropolitan and regional South Australia. A State team is selected to compete in the annual Imparja Cup, held in Alice Springs. Like South Australia’s Jason Gillespie, it is hoped that many young indigenous cricketers will get involved in the game at a young age to hopefully go on to play for the West End Redbacks and ultimately Australia. The South Australian team is known as the Southern Boomerangs. A new logo and identity has been developed to represent those playing for the state at the Imparja Cup.

If you would like be involved in the SACA’s Indigenous cricket program please contact Lauren Ebsary at SACA on (08) 8300 3875.


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Port Augusta to host Lord’s Taverners Statewide Indigenous Carnival

Friday, 21 November, 2014

Aboriginal cricketers young and old will gather at Port Augusta’s recently redeveloped ETSA Oval, for the Lord’s Taverners Statewide Indigenous Carnival from 23-24 November.

This is the first time the six-team Twenty20 format competition will be played in country South Australia, enabling the South Australian Cricket Association to strengthen its connection with the rural Indigenous community.

The carnival will feature members of the Southern Boomerangs, including Adelaide Strikers Community Rookie, Ayden McGregor-Baptista. McGregor-Baptista was a member of the National Indigenous Squad that travelled to Darwin in September and has recently been named as captain of the South Australian Under 17 Male team to compete at the upcoming Cricket Australia National Championships.

South Australian Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee Member, Tanya McGregor believes this is an exciting opportunity for Indigenous cricketers across the state.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Adelaide-based cricketers to show their talents in rural South Australia,” said Ms McGregor. 

“Former Australian female cricketer, Faith Thomas will also be present at the post-carnival presentation; it will be great opportunity for some of the cricketers to meet a wonderful ambassador of Indigenous cricket.”

Port Augusta will also host the World Cup as part of the ICC Cricket World Cup National Trophy Tour on Monday, 24 November, with local cricket fans given the opportunity to have their photo taken with the trophy.  

Following the Lord’s Taverners carnival, the Southern Boomerangs will continue their preparation for the Imparja Cup held in Alice Springs from 8-14 January, 2015.

McGregor-Baptista Gets Strikers Opportunity

Tuesday, 7 October, 2014

One of Australia’s most promising young indigenous cricketers, Ayden McGregor-Baptista has today been named the Adelaide Strikers’ Community Rookie for BBL|04.

A cricketer on the rise, McGregor-Baptista has continued to turn heads since he was named South Australia’s State Indigenous Player of the Year for 2012/13.

The 16-year-old was recently named in the U23 National Indigenous cricket squad that travelled to Darwin to play a combination of 50-over and Twenty20 matches in September. McGregor-Baptista took 12 wickets for the tournament, including 4/36 against East Asia Pacific.

From East Torrens Cricket Club, he is also a member of the South Australian U17 squad.

Speaking at a MILO T20 Blast clinic this morning to promote the upcoming Monster Bash, McGregor-Baptista was excited for the opportunities which lay ahead as a community rookie.

"I came to a couple of games last year with a packed out crowd at Adelaide Oval. It should be a good experience for me on the ground, mixing with the lads and getting some experience. It will be good fun," said McGregor-Baptista.

McGregor-Baptista didn't have to look far when asked which KFC Big Bash bowler he would love to hit for six.

"I think I have to focus on facing the Strikers first, especially Shaun Tait. He is bowling pretty fast! James Pattinson, if he is playing, he is pretty reasonable. But if I can hit the ball first, I should be fine!"

The young off-spinner is not holding back on his cricket dreams, with lofty hopes for his first KFC Big Bash scalp.

"Someone like Michael Clarke, if he is playing, so I could brag about getting the Australian captain out! Or Aaron Finch would be a good experience and a good achievement."

The community rookie initiative is a fantastic opportunity for young cricketers from rural communities, indigenous backgrounds, low socio-economic areas and those from non-English speaking backgrounds to be a part of the KFC T20 Big Bash League.

The community rookie will not only be a member of the Adelaide Strikers’ squad, but will also experience all of the activities expected of an Adelaide Strikers player including player appearances, autograph sessions, promotional activities and media commitments.

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Southern Boomerangs feature in National Indigenous Squad

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Cricket Australia has today announced an initial squad of 26 Indigenous players from around Australia that will have the chance of touring Darwin in mid-September. The squad, to be reduced to 13 players, includes four members of the Southern Boomerangs squad. Ayden McGregor-Baptista (SACA U/17), Tyrell Sinclair (SACA U/17), Charlie Holmes (SACA U/19) and Luke Lavender (SACA U/19) have all been named in the initial squad.

Each player will take part in their respective age group state pre-season trainings and their progress during this time will factor into the squads final selection. Ayden and Luke have previously won the South Australian Cricket Association State Indigenous Player of the Year award and played in the inaugural West End Premier League in season 2013/14. Charlie and Tyrell are both handy hard hitting left hand all-rounders who have enjoyed impressive Grade cricket seasons for their respective clubs Kensington and Tea Tree Gully.


State Indigenous Player of the Year Award

Wednesday 16 April 2014


SACA NEIL DANSIE MEDAL - Luke Lavender webLuke Lavender and Tim Nielsen

Luke Lavender has been award the State Indigenous Player of the Year award at the 2013/14 Neil Dansie Medal. Luke has capped off a stella year of cricket which saw him become a member the Emerging Redbacks Squad and was equal fourth on the leading wicket takers list at the 2014 Imparja Cup with 8 wickets. Luke was also selected in the Black Caps representative side for the championships. A part of the Premier League side, the Western Grit, Luke travelled to Darwin with the side to take on the NT Strike and the PNG Barramundi’s.

Luke is currently finishing his year 12 studies at Cabra Dominican College and is also undertaking a traineeship with the SACA which he will complete at the end of this year.







2014 Imparja Cup

Monday 17 February 2014

Luke Lavender Black Cap

The Southern Boomerangs have returned from the 2014 Imparja Cup held in Alice Springs from Sunday 9 to Sunday 16 February. While the team did not perform as well as they had hoped there were a number of good individual performances from our young players. In particular young quick Luke Lavender was named in the team of the championship the ‘Black Caps’. Luke will have the chance to play in the match against the ACA Masters at the start of next year’s championship. Luke took eight wickets in six matches with his best figures of 2/10 coming against the Northern Territory.

The Under 23 Development Squad and Scholarships that are usually announced at the Gala Dinner will be announced after the season. The selection criteria will now take into accounts players’ performance at their local club as well as other national championships they may have been involved in.


To read more about the Southern Boomerangs at the Imparja Cup click here.



 Lord's Taverners Statewide Indigenous Carnival

The Lord’s Taverners Statewide Indigenous Carnival has wrapped up for another year with Port Augusta claiming victory over Riverland in the Final at Park 25 No2. With picturesque playing conditions on both days’, teams from around the state enjoyed two days of good competitive cricket. Teams played three rounds of Twenty20 cricket with the final being played between the top two placed sides.

Click here to read the full wrap up and list of award winners

Future Aboriginal Stars chat with Behind The News

The Australian Indigenous XI took part in the inaugural Asia Pacific Rising Stars Trophy recently in Brisbane with Southern Boomerang and East Torrens District Cricket Club player Ayden McGregor-Baptista apart of the team.  The ABC’s Behind The News caught up with some of the young aboriginal players about their experiences, click here to view the video.