By Nick Creely
The start of a new cricket season is only a month away, and the Dandenong District Cricket Association (DDCA) has released the official fixtures in what looms as a massive year.
As one of the most successful and revered turf competitions anywhere in Victoria, the DDCA is set for yet another exciting season, with the Turf 1 grade one of the most impressive in recent memory, with each side capable of winning the premiership and stamping their authority as the champion side of the association.
The opening day of Turf 1 season on 5 October will begin with an absolute blockbuster between Berwick and Springvale South at Arch Brown Reserve in what will be a two-day game ending on 12 October, while newcomers Narre South will be welcome into the top tier with an away clash against Heinz Southern Districts at Reedy Reserve.
Last year’s grand finalists, Springvale South and Buckley Ridges, will meet for the first time in a white-ball clash in Round 5, with the Bloods looking to turn the tables on the champion Bucks side, which has seemingly gone from strength-to-strength after an impressive new batch of recruits.
In Turf 2, Beaconsfield and Lyndale are set to test themselves in their new grade in the opening round, taking on Dandenong West and Dingley respectively, with the revamped grade – sparked from exits to different associations from Mordialloc and St Brigid’s/St Louis – looking to be one of the most even yet, with Turf 2 runners-up last year, Narre North, taking on Parkmore Pirates.
In Turf 3, Berwick Springs will make the jump after an impressive Turf 4 season last year, taking on Keysborough on the opening day of the season, while Springvale will also test themselves by making the plunge up a grade and taking on Silverton in the opening round.
To view the full fixtures, head to ddca.com.au