Ballarat cricketers to start in Australian Country Championships

WENDOUREE cricketers Heath Pyke and Tristan Dixon begin their quest for Victoria to win the 2013 Australian Country Championships in Bundagerg today.

Pyke captains the Victorian team in his seventh season with the squad.

For Dixon, this will be his first year playing the championships.

The team will begin their campaign with a two day match against the Northern Territory, before taking on Western Australia on Sunday.

The championships will run until January 14, with Victoria to play each of the other seven teams across seven rounds in a mix of two day, one day and twenty20 matches.

SCHEDULE

Round one (January 3 and 4): Two day match against Northern Territory

Round two (January 6 and 7): Two day match against Western Australia

Round three (January 8 morning): Twenty20 against East Asia Pacific

Round four (January 8 afternoon): Twenty20 against Queensland

Round five (January 10 and 11): Two day match against South Australia

Round six (January 13): One day match against Australian Capital Territory

Round seven (January 14): One day match against New South Wales

SQUAD

Heath Pyke (Ballarat), Adrian Burgeil (Traralgon), Tristan Dixon (Ballarat), Dwayne Doig (Mornington Peninsula), Justin Grant (Mornington Peninsula), Rob Hearn (Mornington Peninsula), Lukas Hoogenboom (West Gippsland), Leigh Kentish (Swan Hill), Liam Scammell (Albury Wodonga), Eamon Vines (Geelong), Trent Walerys (Geelong), Rob Wilson (Mornington Peninsula), Ramadan Yze (Shepparton). Emergency: Lee Stockdale (Traralgon), Richard Tibbett (Bendigo)

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