October 7 will see the start of the revamped cricket local competition on RPP.
For the first time since the 1967 amalgamation of the northern and southern Cricket Associations, the local clubs will be involved in a major restructure. Driven by former Frankston Peninsula player Leigh Lowry, the MPCA working party had its plan approved in 2016 for the new 2-17-18 season.
The top division (Provincial) will now comprise of 8 teams (down from the previous 12) who will play each other twice during the season in the quest to identify the Top 4 teams.
A newly former Peninsula Division will also have 8 teams, with the premiers gaining promotion to Provincial for the following season. The remaining clubs will be split between District and Sub-district.
The Bendigo Bank RPP Cricket Show with commence its 37th season at 9.00 am on RPP with Neil Williams heading a panel of local experts including Jason Albress, Jason Nagel, Greg McCann, John Forrest and Country Week Captain Bob Wilson. The show will include telephone interviews with players from each of the grades.
Entering its fifth season is the Bendigo Bank live cricket broadcast of the match of the day. Round One will see the huge clash between Red Hill and Somerville. Each team boasts a former sate all rounder. Simon Dart for Red Hill who has the best win-loss record in MCA history and led them to victory last year and has compile 11,000 runs at an average of 52.00
Somerville have included ex Victorian player Jayde Herrick in their ranks and the clash between to two stars should be an engrossing one.