Premier Cricket is set to make its return to Maryborough next month.
Premier Cricket League clubs North Melbourne and Hawthorn-Monash University have confirmed they will hold their round five match at Princes Park on October 29.
The match will be the second Premier League fixture Maryborough has hosted in two years, following on from Essendon and Casey-South Melbourne’s one-day match in January last year.
The date has been brought forward this season so as not to clash with the 2011-12 Twenty20 Big Bash League.
Hawthorn-Monash University administration manager Bruce Wilson said the club’s first XI were looking forward to making their third trek to Maryborough in recent years.
“Princes Park is really an ideal set-up and I know all the players look forward to bringing the game out to the country,” Bruce said.
“Maryborough is good for us, because it’s so central and every time we’ve visited, we’ve found that the community has been really engaging.”
Players to watch for the Hawks include English import and club captain, David Alleyne, who has toured as a wicketkeeper with England’s B side, former Victorian Bushrangers rookie and top order batsman Kumar Sarna and Premier Cricket journeyman, Craig Entwistle.
The Hawks’ opponents, North Melbourne, will be making their first trip to Maryborough in eight years for the game, bringing a side that includes former Victorian second XI player, Carl Sandri and South Australian Cricket Academy representative, Matthew Love.
Central Goldfields Shire recreation manager, Martin Mark said the game was a rare chance for local cricket fans to see some of the country’s best players in action.
“This is an opportunity to see just how good premier league players are,” he said.
“We’ll be able to see how they warm up, how much harder they hit the ball, how much faster they bowl and just the level of professionalism that they have.”