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Bush Bash action attracts fans

Anthony Holmes is keen for more Victorian Premier Cricket games to be played in the Murray Valley after a successful day of Bush Bash games on Saturday.

OLIVER CAFFREY December 10, 2013 4:05am

Murray Valley Cricket Association secretary Anthony Holmes said he would be keen to have more Victorian Premier Cricket matches played locally after declaring the weekend’s Bush Bash a success.

Cobram Showgrounds played host to three Twenty20 matches on Saturday, with the competing clubs, Melbourne, Richmond/Monash Tigers and Melbourne Uni, all winning one match each.

Former Australian Test batsman Brad Hodge made his return from a two-month injury lay-off as he prepares for the domestic Big Bash League, turning out for Melbourne alongside Shepparton all-rounder Alex Keath.

Holmes said with games going from 9.30am to 7pm, there was a constant flow of people coming into the ground during the day.

‘‘It’s something we would be keen to explore again, we had teams play in Barooga last year, and the crowd numbers were definitely better this year,’’ Holmes said.

‘‘I was really rapt with the crowd numbers — it’s a long day, so you can’t expect everyone to be there the whole time, but the overall numbers throughout the day, taking into account people coming and going, was very good.

‘‘I’ve got a feeling Brad Hodge was the key in getting people through the gate.’’

Holmes said the feedback from Premier club officials was overwhelmingly positive.

‘‘All the players had a meal and stuck around after the day’s play,’’ he said.

‘‘They were all fantastic, even the bigger names like Hodge, Keath, (Victorian bowler) Will Sheridan and (Melbourne Renegades batsman) Michael Hill were great with everyone.’’

A junior clinic was held on Friday night, with a number of Premier players taking local cricketers through their paces.

‘‘The Richmond Tigers were doing their warm-up for the last game and said to the kids ‘come out here with the warm-up’,’’ Holmes said.

Keath and fellow Cricket Shepparton product Daniel Sartori made significant contributions during the day.

Keath snared a wicket in both matches, while he smashed an important 29 not out off 21 balls in Melbourne’s second game against Melbourne Uni.

Playing for Richmond/Monash, Sartori hit 33 not out, as the Tigers chased down Melbourne’s total of 87 in 13 overs.

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