Benalla District Cricket Association has disbanded its junior competition as works towards merging with the Wangaratta association.OLIVER CAFFREY September 4, 2014 3:05am
Benalla District Cricket Association has overcome its first hurdle towards a potential merger with Wangaratta District Cricket Association.
Benalla District’s junior competition has been disbanded with three clubs entering the Wangaratta underage league for next season.
St Joseph’s, Warrenbayne and Mansfield juniors were accepted into Wangaratta’s junior under-14 and under-16 competitions at a meeting last week.
Benalla president Trevor Saker said it was a long process to sort out the junior structure, but believed it would be the beginning of productive talks towards an official merger.
‘‘Now we’ve got this out of the way, the Benalla District clubs have given us a mandate to go and discuss the merger with them (Wangaratta) in senior cricket,’’ Saker said.
‘‘We’ll forward them (Wangaratta) a letter in the next month to begin negotiations and hopefully we’ll have it nutted out before the end of the cricket season to have it all sorted out before the 2015-16 season.
‘‘This season could, in all likelihood, be the last that clubs play under the banner of Benalla District Cricket Association.’’
A Cricket Victoria review into the North East region that was presented in June recommended a merger between Benalla and Wangaratta.
After the loss of powerhouse club Euroa to Cricket Shepparton last year, the competing clubs in Benalla District’s A-grade competition dropped to five.
Premier Warrenbayne, Delatite, Violet Town, St Joseph’s and Benalla will again field teams in the Cleary Shield this upcoming season.
All Benalla two-day cricket was dropped last season in favour of a mixture of Twenty20 and one-day matches in the hope of attracting more players to the association.
However, two-day cricket has been reinstated for this season to be played 75 overs a side, while Twenty20 and one-day matches will also make up the Cleary Shield.
The Benalla District season will begin on October 18, with finals to be played during the last two weekends of March.
A DVD about the experience of Indigenous people who settled on the river flats between Mooroopna and Shepparton from 1939 will be screened on Monday.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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