WEST Wimmera Cricket Association’s representative side is ready to make an impact in Hamilton at the weekend.
The association will field a team in division two of the Western Waves Festival of Cricket Twenty20 carnival, which starts tomorrow.
All five teams from the association are represented and the line-up boasts the likes of 2012-13 most valuable player Brett Jensz of Rainbow and Winiam’s in-form all-rounder Brad Clark.
West Wimmera is one of seven regional associations to compete at the tournament and will be part of a strong Wimmera contingent, with sides from Horsham District Cricket Association and Wimmera-Mallee Cricket Association also competing.
West Wimmera president David Jensz said it was the third time the association would enter a senior team in the tournament, which was now in its seventh year.
He said previously the league used the tournament as a chance to develop junior players but the seniors also enjoyed the weekend.
“We just threw it out to the guys and it all ended up being young blokes who were in our under-21 squad from a year or two ago but there are also a couple of veterans,” he said.
“All the guys who go along enjoy themselves – they have a weekend away in each other’s company and they all seem to have fun.”
Jensz said it was also one of the few chances players had to represent their association.
“They don’t really get to do anything like that now so it gives them a chance to don the colours,” he said.
Jensz said the association had never won the tournament but had reached the semi-finals.
He said the talented young squad would go close to equalling the association’s best result in Hamilton.
West Wimmera Cricket Association squad: Brad Keller, Tim Miller, Jeparit; Liam Albrecht, Heath Preston, Nathan Alexander, Brad Alexander, Damian Dickinson, Kiata; Luke Smith, Nhill; Brett Jensz, Jake Jacobson, Chris Heinrich, Rainbow; Ben Marra, Brad Clark, Brodie Cramer, Winiam.