Birregurra loses home ground

Firefighters are camping at Birregurra Recreation Reserve as they battle a blaze near Wye River.

Firefighters are camping at Birregurra Recreation Reserve as they battle a blaze near Wye River.

BIRREGURRA Cricket Club will play away from its home ground for the rest of the Colac and district cricket season.

The Saints are moving their home games from Birregurra Recreation Reserve because a base camp for firefighters battling the Otways bushfire is using the ground.

CDCA spokesman Jaccob Rodda confirmed the club had approached the league to shift its four remaining home games.

Tomorrow’s match against Colac will be at Colac’s Lake Oval.

The club and the league are negotiating to move Birregurra’s other three home matches to Lake Oval, Pirron Yallock Recreational Reserve and Deans Marsh.

“Birregurra approached the league and notified us that the CFA and emergency services required the ground for at least the next month,” Mr Rodda said.

“With them using the ground and no watering or maintenance, it made sense to share the remaining games away from the Birregurra Recreational Reserve.

“We have had to look at availability and some of the other clubs have been more than willing for Birregurra to bring their home games to play on their grounds.”

Birregurra captain Rueben Dare said the situation was “less than ideal but we’ll get through it”.

“They’re going to be there for a while longer and there’s been tents all over the ground, so the ground won’t be in a condition to play on,” Dare said.

“The fireys have been great and allowed us to go down and train still, so there’s no issues there, we still have access to the nets on Thursday night.”

Dare said losing home ground advantage will have little impact on his cricketers as they attempted to make the finals in their first season of division one cricket in more than three decades.

“I don’t think it will make much difference, it’s all hard- wicket cricket,” he said.

“If we were playing on turf it would be a different story, but I think we will be okay.”

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