"Several clubs - notably Lancaster, Manchester, Liverpool, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Otter - have been superb, either with direct help in staging games or in the organisation of regional selections," said UK organiser Trevor Pledger, who is a BWPL delegate. "Without this support, the tour would not have been possible."
Highlights of the programme include England v Australia girls' and boys' internationals at Jason Kenny Centre, Bolton, on Friday (19.00 and 20.30) and a double-header pitching Australia against England 2001s at Whitgift School, 15 December (18.00 and 19.30). The schedule also features a visit by the Romanian boys team. Other dates include:
6 Dec: North West, Liverpool Aquatic Centre, 19.00 and 20.30; 8 Dec: 4 games (14.00), East Manchester Centre, including England Boys v Romania. 9 Dec: 4 games, East Manchester, including Romania Boys v Australia. 10 Dec: North East, Matlock, 19.00 and 20.10. 11 Dec: Australia v Manchester Select, MAC, 19.00 and 20.30. 12 Dec: Australia v Cheltenham Select, Gloucester GL1, 19.30 and 21.00. 13 Dec: Australia v London School League Boys and Otter Select Girls, Whitgift, 19.00. 14 Dec: London Select, Whitgift, 13.30.