VICTORIAN Premier Cricket will return to Warrion after the club made a successful bid to host a country round game at its venue.
Warrion will host the Hawthorn-Monash University and Prahran round five fixture on October 25.
The one-day match could feature Warrion cricket product Locky Inglis, of Hawthorn-Monash, and former Australian test cricketer Bryce McGain, Prahran.
Warrion president Phil Lang said the club was thrilled to showcase Victorian cricket’s highest standard below Sheffield Shield after a three-year absence.
“It’s good for local boys to see the level of cricket they can aspire to,” he said.
“Part of the agreement is we don’t play local cricket on the day so you can maximise the interest, we’ve had good crowds in the past, probably a couple of hundred across the day – it’s always been a good day out.”
Hawthorn-Monash University official Bruce Wilson said the club was impressed by Warrion’s enthusiasm, and was keen to give Inglis an opportunity to play for the Hawks where his cricketing journey began.
“It’s also our player Locky Inglis’ home club, he’s our First XI keeper, so we thought we’d support him and also the Warrion Cricket Club, and we hope the Colac district can get down there,” he said.
“We’d be looking for the locals to support the game and get out there and have a look at Premier cricket.”
Mr Wilson said Hawthorn had recieved a glowing report of Warrion’s playing surface, which is maintained under the watchful eye of curator Eric Hay.
“Not that I’ve been there, but I gather it’s a boutique type of ground with no football being played there during the winter, and I believe the curator’s a fanatic in terms of maintaining and preparing a lovely cricket ground,” he said.