VICTORIAN Premier Cricket will return to Ballarat this summer for the first time in almost three years.
The VPC yesterday unveiled its annual Bush Bash round with Ballarat Cricket Association to host three Twenty20 games on December 7.
Traditional strong clubs St Kilda and Dandenong, with the newly merged Greenvale Kangaroos (formerly North Melbourne) will contest the triple-header at Eastern Oval.
BCA secretary Don Jacobsson said it was great to have a successful application to bring premier cricket back to Ballarat.
Jacobsson said the early December fixture, less than two weeks before the Big Bash League opener, would hopefully allow top players to be available for action.
Melbourne Stars chief executive officer Clint Cooper told The Courier in June his club liked to send players to regional venues in the VPC Bush Bash round, should fixturing permit.
Stars’ Sri Lankan superstar Lasith Malinga drew hundreds of fans when he lined-up for VPC team Hawthorn-Monash University for a Twenty20 clash in Clayton early last December.
Warrnambool/Port Fairy, Morwell, Swan Hill and Cobram were also successful from among 13 regional applicants to host a Bush Bash game this summer.
Premier Cricket last visited Ballarat in January 2011 when Carlton and North Melbourne played a Twenty20 country round at Eastern Oval.
Eastern Oval was unable to host clubs in 2012, due to a surface upgrade, or last year due to lighting standards set by the VPC for night fixturings.
Meanwhile, BCA registrations and clearances open today for the 2013-14 season.