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Stars Academy Squad named for Top End T20

20 July 2022

The Melbourne Stars Academy have named a squad of 13 players for the upcoming Top End T20 series in Darwin.

After not being able to participate in the tournament last year, the Stars Academy will make their debut in the series, comprising of games against the Melbourne Renegades, Northern Territory, Cricket Australia XI and Papua New Guinea.

Current Stars BBL Assistant Coach Clint McKay will be head coach of the Melbourne Stars Academy, which is made up of both current squad members and standout premier cricket performers.

"It's a great opportunity for our contracted players to get some extra match practice in elite facilities in the middle of a Melbourne winter but also for those who aren't contracted to prove that they've got what it takes to get to the next level," McKay said.

"There's a number of good quality cricketer's part of the Top End T20 tournament so I'm sure our players will be able to learn a lot from the experience."

Melbourne Stars General Manager Blair Crouch was looking forward to seeing the Melbourne Stars Academy compete in Darwin.

"NT Cricket has done a fantastic job in bringing the Top End T20 series to life and we're looking forward to seeing some of our current squad members in action.

"We're also looking forward to seeing those on the precipice of a BBL contract push their case for a spot on our playing list in BBL|12."

All games will be broadcast via MyCricket Facebook page and the NT Cricket YouTube Channel

Melbourne Stars Academy Squad
Liam Blackford, Geelong
Brody Couch, Geelong 
Xavier Crone, Carlton
Damon Egan, Prahran
Sam Elliott, Fitzroy Doncaster
Clint Hinchliffe, Melbourne Stars
Nick Larkin, Melbourne Stars
Jai Lemire, Carlton
Jono Merlo, St Kilda
Tom O'Connell, Geelong
Tom O'Donnell, Essendon 
Tom Rogers, Ringwood
Brodie Symons, Frankston Peninsula

Melbourne Stars Top End T20 Fixtures:
Saturday, 13th August 
Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars 
DXC Arena, Darwin, 6pm CST (6:30pm AEST)

Sunday, 14th August 
Northern Territory vs Melbourne Stars 
Gardens Oval, Darwin, 2:30pm CST (3:00pm AEST)

Tuesday, 16th August 
Melbourne Stars vs PNG
DXC Arena, Darwin, 6pm CST (6:30pm AEST)

Thursday, 18th August 
CA XI vs Melbourne Stars 
DXC Arena, Darwin, 6pm CST (6:30pm AEST)