SEVEN Wimmera cricketers will be put through their paces at Dimboola on Monday and Tuesday as part of Cricket Victoria’s Diamonds in the Bush program.
Horsham Cricket Association’s Dawson Cross, Angus Adams and Josh Carroll, Wimmera-Mallee’s Joseph Reid and Jack Landrigan, and West Wimmera brothers Louis and Darcy Preston have been picked for the program.
Cross is currently injured, but will still attend both days.
Reid, Landrigan, Cross and Louis Preston were picked in the under-15 section of the program, while Carroll, Adams and Darcy Preston are in the under-19 section.
The seven are among 23 players picked from western Victoria to participate in the program, which aims to unearth talent that might be overlooked in areas of regional Victoria.
Several state players have been found through the program, including Aaron Finch, Peter Siddle and Cameron White.
Cricket Victoria western country regional manager Stephen Field said the program presented a great opportunity for the players.
“For all of these kids except for the ones out of under-18s, it is a great chance for state selectors for junior age groups to have a look at them prior to all their normal trials,” he said.
“A great example is Sam Kerber from Jeparit, who wasn’t actually on the radar of state selectors, but was really on for the Diamonds in the Bush and ended up making the state squad and being Victoria’s highest run-scorer.
“It really is a big opportunity for kids in the middle of football season, because the ones who are thinking about cricket can get a real leg up.”