A dream to unite Launceston's Nepalese community through a shared love of cricket has earned statewide recognition.
The Launceston Nepali Cricket Club was named winner of the inclusion and diversity initiative of the year when Cricket Tasmania announced the fourth annual Tasmanian Community Cricket Awards on Wednesday evening.
Launceston Nepali president Aditya Singh said the club allowed the Nepalese community to come together around a sport they love.
"Our aim was to play more organised cricket with our friends and family, and to create an environment where we can all enjoy the game of cricket as a culture," Aditya said.
"If that means more people feel comfortable playing cricket because of this, then that is great.
"We were very excited to work with Cricket Tasmania in the set-up of our club and thankful to the Tasmanian Cricket League for welcoming us into their competition. To make the A Reserve preliminary finals in our first year was very special, and we hope to do even better next season."
The community awards are a chance to celebrate the 2019-20 season and recognise the achievements of those who play, administer and support cricket in the state.
A celebration of the finalists and winners to be held in Hobart was cancelled due to the impacts of coronavirus.
Chief executive Dominic Baker praised the commitment of everyone in the cricketing community.
"We're lucky that our community clubs have such great people behind the scenes ensuring they thrive, keep up with latest trends and technology and innovating in every way they can," Baker said.
"Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in this year's awards. You are all very deserving recipients, and I thank you for your ongoing commitment to Tasmanian cricket."
All winners will be considered for the national community awards, with an announcement expected in the coming weeks.
Community club of the year: Kettering/Ulverstone District
Community association of the year: Cricket North West/Southern Cricket Association
Community coach of the year: Josh Walsh (New Norfolk)/ Craig Elliot (Launceston)
Young leader of the year: Kalea Leary (Ulverstone)/Jack Gallahar (New Town)
Community partnership of the year: Riana/Glenorchy
Women and girls initiative of the year: North Huon/Cricket North
Technology and media initiative of the year: Southern Cricket Association/Burnie Cricket League
Community match official of the year: Tony Willmot (New Town)/Keira Banks (youth umpire)
Inclusion and diversity initiative of the year: Launceston Nepali/Intercultural Sports Cricket League
Junior cricket initiative of the year: North Hobart/South Launceston
Cricket in schools: Campbell Town District High(Terrance Johnstone)/Huonville High (Richard Cowlard)