HORSHAM Cricket Association secretary Darren Chesterfield has confirmed Horsham City Oval will be ready for use by round one.
Chesterfield credited the ground staff on their efforts, which will see A Grade sides Bullants and Blackheath-Dimboola play on the oval on Saturday.
“They’ve done a wonderful job to get it up and running on time,” he said.
It’s a dramatic turn around from last season where no cricket was played on the Wimmera’s premier cricket ground until November.
A and B grades kicks off on Saturday, with C Grade and juniors scheduled to start the next weekend.
There will be eight A Grade, six B Grade and 10 C Grade sides.
Michael McGough will stay on as HCA president, with Jason Templeton as his vice-president and John Burns as treasurer.
Chesterfield, who is also junior president, takes over from Carl Sudholz as secretary and Homers cricketer Chris Hopper will also join the board.
Fellow board member Howard Schier said Landmark would be the new naming sponsor of the league and thanked Bendigo Bank for its five years of support.
The association will take over the Carr McCrae Twenty20 competition, sponsored by the Horsham-based insurance brokers.
Schier is expecting the competition to start in late October and be wrapped up by Christmas.
Teams from Dunmunkle, Arapiles, Blackheath-Dimboola, Laharum and four Horsham-based teams have already shown interest.
Tim Hopper will co-ordinate the competition on behalf of the board, with every team playing three matches on either Thursday nights or Sundays.
Landmark Horsham Cricket Association fixtures will be published in this week’s Mail-Times.