The ACT Comets (also known as the Canberra Comets, previously the Federal Capital Territory) are a cricket team that represent the Australian Capital Territory. The Comets are the premier team of the Cricket ACT who are affiliated with Cricket Australia.
The ACT Comets were participants in the Australian domestic limited-overs Mercantile Mutual Cup competition. They did not, however, field a team in the four-day Sheffield Shield competition. Their Mercantile Mutual Cup involvement lasted from the 1997–98 season to the 1999–2000 season. It was found that there was insufficient local support at that time to be financially viable in the first-class and list-A competitions. Former Australian Test bowler Merv Hughes was brought out of retirement to help ACT, as was former Test batsman Mike Veletta.
Current Australian internationals Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon played for the Comets. Former Australian Test batsman Michael Bevan was born in Canberra and played cricket with the Western Creek club, but did not play for the Comets.
Police Magistrate AT Faunce was instrumental in bringing cricket to the Canberra-Queanbeyan region in the 1830s and died while playing the game at the Queanbeyan Market reserve (now Queen Elizabeth Park). There have been 25 players to play 50 or more games for the ACT, the first player to reach this milestone was EKBP Carnal in the 1937–38 season. Four players have reached 100, while Peter Solway is the only to have reached 150 games. The highest individual scores in ACT grade cricket have been: 339 - PJ Solway (1989/90), 300 - JR Dean (2012/13), 246 - CE Hincksman (1926/27), 238 - L Lees (1932/33), 220 - C Brown (2008/9), 215 - L Lees (1933/34), 211 - PJ Solway (1990/91), 207- NH Fairbrother (1988/89), 205 - JN Williams (1988/89), 200 - MJ Dawn (2001/02), 200- C Brown (2008/09).
Jono Dean is the current captain of the side.
Today, the team represents Canberra in the lower-level Futures League. The Comets finished the 2005–06 season in fourth place with two outright wins. The Comets took out their first ever title in the 2010–11 season.
In the period 2011-2012 six 20-23 yo first class listed players who learnt cricket in Canberra have had to transfer interstate – Jason Floros (20, QLD), Jason Behrendorff (20, WA), Nathan Lyon (23, SA), Ashton May (21, Tas), Ryan Carters (20, VIC) and Will Sheridan (23, VIC).
This is current players that played for ACT Comets in 2015/16