A lack of numbers has forced the Colac District Cricket Association to pull out of Bendigo Country Week, depriving the league’s young players of the chance to test themselves against greater competition.
The annual cricket series started on Monday and in recent years the Colac association used it to give up-and-coming stars exposure to representative cricket.
CDCA secretary Dave Treweek said it was a disappointing result for the league but he hoped the district could send young representative sides to the tournament in the future.
“We just didn’t get the numbers up,” he said.
“We only had 11 players and because it’s a rep competition we probably needed 14 or 15; we just didn’t get quite as much interest as we hoped.
“We understand there’s lots happening already this time of year. People are just going back to work, you’ve got a lot of the other rep stuff is on, you’ve got the Twenty20 stuff on. It’s unfortunate.
“I hope there’s a future. Traditionally the Bendigo event was set up for the younger guys to get a bit of experience playing in a senior rep tournament, but some of those young guys have moved on and might be working and it probably didn’t get as much publicity to the clubs as it has in the past.”
See today’s Colac Herald for more.