Cricket season is upon us, and there’s no better way to launch the season than at the ground recently voted the most picturesque in the country, watching Victoria’s best in a Premier Cricket match.
Dunkeld has been chosen to host the Melbourne Cricket Club vs Fitzroy Doncaster on Saturday 24 October. Pack a picnic and get down to the ground to enjoy the atmosphere. There’s likely to be some big name players involved, and afterward guests will have the chance to mingle and enjoy a relaxed barbecue and music by local act, The McIntyre Bros.
The wicket is kept in pristine condition by volunteers from the local Grampians Cricket Club and will offer a nice change to the MCG. It’s positioned in a natural amphitheater created by Mt Sturgeon, Picaninny and Mt Abrupt, and frequented by kangaroos, emus and tourists travelling from Port Fairy to Halls Gap.
Steve Field, who grew up in Dunkeld and who now works for Cricket Victoria, is often contacted by passers-by intrigued and impressed with the quality and location of the magnificent turf.
“We’re very lucky to be able to call this our home ground. It is quite unique and incredibly picturesque, and securing this Victorian Premier Cricket match gives us the opportunity to showcase the oval and the town,” Steve said.
“The players from both sides have agreed to run a Friday evening clinic for talented young players from the Greater Hamilton region, and then join us for a relaxed dinner after the game on Saturday.
"Both teams are staying at the Royal Mail Hotel, so they’ll really get the chance to experience the people and the place properly.
“We’re also looking forward to a half time exhibition from our very young Into Cricket players. It’ll be a big weekend for cricket in Dunkeld.
“I really encourage people to consider bringing their beach umbrellas and a picnic rug, or simply joining us at the Cricket Club Rooms, which has a bar and deck overlooking the oval. It’ll be a great day out at the cricket."
Entry to the cricket is free, and the main game commences at 10am and finishes around 5pm. For further information contact Steve on 0417 342 332.