As the Tasmanian side depart to Geelong for its sixth attempt to win the National Cricket Inclusion Championships for the first time, coach Liam Devlin can't help but reflect on the game's growth.
"The whole setup and landscape [of inclusion cricket] is moving," Devlin said. "The initial aim was we started with four players in mainstream cricket and we've moved on to 25 that we are including into mainstream cricket, which is making my life easier because they are getting more cricket into them and learning more every day."
Raising the state's participation rate from 13 members in its first carnival to now over 50 to select the side from, the team features two Australian representatives - South Launceston's Justin Nilon and Connor Shepherd - and will feature Knights teammates Hayden Cannon and Alex Cort as well as the side's skipper, Mowbray's Alan Dengate.
Finishing fifth for the past five installments of the carnival, Devlin says the side, who compete in the intellectual disability division, are a real chance at a finals' berth.
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"It's through the great work of New Horizons, Reclink, Special Olympics, Inclusive Innovations Tasmania that are growing the numbers and building the movement.
"At the moment, we are as strong as we are ever been and strength in numbers is showing."
South Launceston's Cannon, who is competing at his second carnival, said the addition of Craig Blaschke, Blake Bonnitcha and Scott Crowden will boost the side.
"It's an amazing experience. You meet new people, you have some fun," he said.
"You obviously have that competitive streak in you but you meet some new people, have some laughs and it's an amazing week."