Ballarat hoping for better year in Melbourne Country Week Cricket

BALLARAT will launch its Melbourne Country Week Cricket campaign with a clash against newly-promoted South West later this month.

After finishing fifth in last year’s carnival, Ballarat has maintained its place in the provincial division.

The side will meet division two winner from last season, South West, in Geelong on February 18.

Ballarat is then scheduled to take on teams from Sale-Maffra, Leongatha and Mornington Peninsula.

The Ballarat boys, under the guidance of captain Matt Goonan, will be looking to improve on the one win they managed against Traralgon and District in 2012.

They will have their final hit-out in tomorrow’s challenge match against Bendigo, which will be one of eight inter-association clashes that will decide the Turner-Hollioake Shield.

Unlike past years, the Ballarat squad will stay all week in Melbourne during the carnival.

PROVINCIAL FIXTURE

Monday, February 18

South West v Ballarat (Geelong)

Sale-Maffra v Leongatha (Dandenong)

Murray Valley v Mornington Peninsula 1 (Camberwell)

Geelong v Bendigo (Altona)

Tuesday, February 19

Ballarat v Sale Maffra (Central Reserve, Richmond)

Bendigo v South West (Kew)

Mornington Peninsula 1 v Geelong (Carlton)

Leongatha v Murray Valley (Hawthorn-Monash University)

Wednesday, February 20

Ballarat v Leongatha (Fitzroy Doncaster)

Bendigo v Mornington Peninsula 1 (Melbourne University)

Geelong v Murray Valley (Footscray Edgewater)

South West v Sale Maffra (Dandenong)

Thursday, February 21

Mornington Peninsula 1 v Ballarat (Caulfield)

Leongatha v Bendigo (Moorabbin)

Sale-Maffra v Geelong (Camberwell)

Murray Valley v South West (Essendon)

Final - Friday, February 22

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