Bamawm-Lockington United Cricket Club will host Victorian Premier Cricket opponents Frankston and North Melbourne on Saturday.By Geordie Cowan
A pre-season Twenty20 match between Victorian Premier Cricket opponents Frankston and North Melbourne will be a highlight for anyone attending Bamawm-Lockington United Cricket Club’s registration day on Saturday.
Held at Bamawm Recreation Reserve, the club will also use the day to introduce new playing coach Gary Hector.
The former BLU player is returning from coaching Dennis Cricket Club in Melbourne, which won three flags last year.
‘‘We are inviting the general public, past players and new players to come and enjoy terrific (Victorian) Premier Cricket between Frankston and North Melbourne,’’ BLU president Nick Roffey said.
It will be the third year in a row North Melbourne has visited the club after initially establishing a relationship when Bamawm cricketer Brent McMinn played for the Kangaroos, before he moved to Essendon.
‘‘We still have an association with North Melbourne,’’ Roffey said.
‘‘They will both have full squads and it promises to be competitive cricket.’’
Roffey said the club had also enjoyed a few other developments during the off-season.
BLU will welcome an English import — an all-rounder who bats at the top of the order — which was partly inspired by the success of the two imports at the Rochester teams last season.
A grade captain Ben Docking and all-rounder Greg Pearse also remain and Roffey expected many players who were unavailable last season to further bolster the club.
‘‘The last couple of years we’ve finished just outside the finals, so we’re hoping with the inclusion of the English import we will be looking to play finals,’’ he said.
Another positive for the club will be the introduction of a second new oval at Bamawm, allowing the club to host under 14, under 16 and C grade games at the recreation reserve.
The new hard-wicket oval is being constructed where the Bamawm Tennis Club courts used to be, after the tennis club merged with Lockington Tennis Club and moved its base there.
The club hopes it to be up and running in the next few months but will play a few games at Lockington Primary School until the new oval is ready.
BLU will also sport a new playing shirt this season and has updated its clubrooms.
The Twenty20 match will start at noon tomorrow/on Saturday with a free sausage sizzle to be held in conjunction with the registration day, while the teams will also play a limited overs game on Sunday.
Inquiries to Nick Roffey on (get number from sport contact list).
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