Australian Capital Territory (ACT Comets)
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One Day nameACT Comets
Personnel
CaptainJono Dean
Team information
Founded1928
Home groundManuka Oval
Capacity15,000
History
Futures League wins1
Official websiteACT Comets

The ACT Comets (also known as the Canberra Comets, previously the Federal Capital Territory) are a cricket team that represent the Australian Capital Territory. The Comets are the premier team of the Cricket ACT who are affiliated with Cricket Australia.

In the Domestic One Day Competition

The ACT Comets were participants in the Australian domestic limited-overs Mercantile Mutual Cup competition. They did not, however, field a team in the four-day Sheffield Shield competition. Their Mercantile Mutual Cup involvement lasted from the 1997–98 season to the 1999–2000 season. It was found that there was insufficient local support at that time to be financially viable in the first-class and list-A competitions. Former Australian Test bowler Merv Hughes was brought out of retirement to help ACT, as was former Test batsman Mike Veletta.[1]

ACT and Canberra region players

Manuka Oval, home of the ACT Comets during a Prime Minister's XI game.
Manuka Oval, home of the ACT Comets during a Prime Minister's XI game.

Australian internationals Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon played for the Comets.[2] Former Australian Test batsman Michael Bevan was born in Canberra and played cricket with the Weston Creek club, but did not play for the Comets.[3]

Police Magistrate A. T. Faunce was instrumental in bringing cricket to the Canberra-Queanbeyan region in the 1830s and died while playing the game at the Queanbeyan Market reserve (now Queen Elizabeth Park).[4][5] There have been 25 players to play 50 or more games for the ACT. Four players have reached 100, while Peter Solway is the only to have reached 150 games. The highest individual scores in ACT grade cricket have been: 339 - PJ Solway (1989/90), 300 - JR Dean (2012/13), 246 - CE Hincksman (1926/27), 238 - L Lees (1932/33), 220 - C Brown (2008/9), 215 - L Lees (1933/34), 211 - PJ Solway (1990/91), 207- NH Fairbrother (1988/89), 205 - JN Williams (1988/89), 200 - MJ Dawn (2001/02), 200- C Brown (2008/09) Owen Chivers 204* and Michael Spaseski 221 in same match 2013/14 .[6]

In Futures League

Cricket at Manuka Oval, home of the ACT Comets.
Cricket at Manuka Oval, home of the ACT Comets.

Today, the team represents Canberra in the lower-level Futures League. The Comets finished the 2005–06 season in fourth place with two outright wins. The Comets took out their first ever title in the 2010–11 season.[7]

Player transfers

In the period 2011-2012 six 20 to 23-year-old first class listed players who learnt cricket in Canberra have had to transfer interstate – Jason Floros (20, QLD), Jason Behrendorff (20, WA), Nathan Lyon (23, SA), Ashton May (21, Tas), Ryan Carters (20, VIC) and Will Sheridan (23, VIC).[8]

See also

References

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  2. ^ Kyle Mackey-Laws (28 October 2008). "Comets fight back late with ball". The Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  3. ^ Wester Creek CC. Hall of Fame http://www.wccc.org.au/halloffame/index.asp Archived 8 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 4 February 2013)
  4. ^ Lake George, Molonglo Valley and Burra- Thematic History Jan 2008 p51 https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Kdc3SqnkWhoJ:www.richardgraham.com.au/Resources/Documents/Thematic%2520History%2520Part%25202.pdf+faunce+and+queanbeyan+history+walk+and+cricket&hl=en&gl=au&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgeJqiudJkq849MGhL1s-yczptfc4ZcsywFqzJEXf26yJlCMH-KsIrgYv2jpHyMS5a5FCo_mnWUNDgSKZQ5z7YttRGaR_oXt8fIOjPbSRvvr_y5fjCjk5_mvcVm2vHvd-1Ieh79&sig=AHIEtbRkFK2kXQI7AhEgFxtl8Y4lf1iJYw (accessed 3 February 2013)
  5. ^ Captain AT Faunce Ancestry.Com http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jray/gordon/faunce.htm Archived 25 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 3 February 2013)
  6. ^ Lee Gaskin 'Unbeaten 300 puts Dean with Elite' Canberra Times 3 Feb 2013 p 36.http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/cricket/unbeaten-300-puts-dean-with-elite-20130202-2drty.html (accessed 3 February 2013)
  7. ^ Kieran Deck. 'ACT Comets- Time to Bring Them Back' The Fooyt Almanac 15 March 2011 http://www.footyalmanac.com.au/act-comets-time-to-bring-them-back/
  8. ^ Kieran Deck. 'ACT Comets- Time to Bring Them Back' The Fooyt Almanac 15 March 2011 http://www.footyalmanac.com.au/act-comets-time-to-bring-them-back/