Meg Lanning is joined by the U13 girls team to announce the latest round of funding opportunities. ​

Two of the biggest names in women’s cricket, Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning, are getting back to their roots in local cricket and calling on clubs to apply for a 2018 CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship.

Promoting participation at a local level, the sponsorship program provides more than $250,000 in support to local clubs around the country every year. Local clubs can apply for a two year sponsorship, which provides $2000 a year as well as new equipment for training and matches.

Injured Captain of the Australian women’s cricket team, Meg Lanning, is a program ambassador and vocal supporter of the sponsorship program.

“Cricket is a big part of my life, and I remember vividly my first big match when I was just 14 for Carey Grammar,” Meg said.

“I was lucky to have been so supported as a young female in my sporting endeavours, and I’m keen to pass the bat to the next generation of cricketers and offer them the same opportunity through the CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship program.”

Over the past five years, CommBank has provided more than one million dollars in grants, sponsorships and cricket gear to 395 cricket clubs around the country. Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars All-Rounder, Ellyse Perry, said that the program supports local cricket clubs and gives more cricket fans and players the chance to step up to the crease and get involved in Australia’s favourite summer pastime.

The program is delivered in partnership with Cricket Australia and is designed to make cricket inclusive and accessible for all. CommBank has sponsored the Australian women’s cricket team and the women’s development squad for more than 18 years.

During the 2017-2018 season, sponsorship funding will also go towards helping Australia’s national disability teams get access to the same high-performance support other elite representative cricket teams receive support enabling Australia’s Indigenous women’s and men’s squads to tour England in 2018 to commemorate the renowned all-Aboriginal team tour of England in 1868.

The Growing Cricket for Girls fund will be boosted by $1 million and support will be available for an enhanced, high-definition outdoor broadcast experience of the first-ever day night Women’s Ashes Test.

Applications for the 2018 CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorships are open to local cricket clubs across the country until June 1,0 2018. To apply for a 2018 CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship, visit