Cricket claims to be top dog

The Australian cricket census shows a record 880,291 participants picked up a bat and ball in 2011-12, making cricket “the number one participation sport in Australia,” says Cricket Australia.

A huge jump in the number of women and girls playing cricket leads to record participation figures – up 26.93 percent to 150,178 with women and girls now accounting for 17.1 percent of participants.

The census shows that 682,109 participants played outdoor formats, 198,182 played the game indoors and 163,329 boys and girls aged five to ten took part in entry level MILO in2CRICKET programmes, a 28.32 percent increase on 2010-11.

Participation grew in each of the major categories except club cricket, which recorded a 3.5 percent decrease across 570 associations and 3,820 clubs with 2,359 coaches and 257 umpires administering the game.

The 2011-12 Australian census is the tenth analysis of cricket participation, showing outdoor participation has grown from 464,253 to 682,109, a 4.37 percent per annum increase.

A participant is defined by the census as someone who participates in at least four sessions of a formal cricket programme.


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