Those who can barely wait for the new season to begin will get an early feast of cricket this weekend with two days of Victorian Premier Cricket to be played.
The Dandenong and Melbourne cricket clubs will make MKM’s Ron Sinclair Oval their home over the weekend, with a one-day match set to played on the Saturday, before two twenty-20 matches on the Sunday.
“It’s going to be a big weekend of cricket which will be great,” MKM Cricket Club president Matt Sinclair said.
“This is the third year we have had something like this after Dandenong contacted us and asked if we were interested in hosting a preseason cricket match. Because there is no football played on this oval we are able to do that and the partnership has been running from there.”
While team lists for the weekend’s game haven’t been released, there could be plenty of talent on its way to Maryborough.
Dandenong finished the 2016-17 VPC season in second position on the ladder before going down in a semi-final to this weekend opponent’s Melbourne.
Over the off-season the Panthers have gained the services of Darren Pattinson, a bowler who once represented England in one test against South Africa as well as playing for Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades.
Pattinson’s brother, James, is also a test cricketer for Australia.
Melbourne’s also not short on talent either, having played in a losing grand final against Fiztroy Doncaster last season.
Play on both days will begin at Ron Sinclair Oval at 10 am.
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