ELAINE Cricket Club (ECC) has unveiled a newly purchased bowling machine at its Club open day held on Sunday. Purchased with funds sourced from Moorabool Shire Winter Grants and Meridian Energy’s Mt Mount Farms, the Elaine Club continues to build on its successes of two senior BCA one-day competition premierships and a junior U13 grade premiership since reforming in 2011. Murray Arnel ECC president said the bowling machine would be an invaluable asset to the club.
“It means the batter will be able to practice the same shot over and over again and we’ll be able to also use it for catching practice,” he said.
“It’s also a machine that we can put tennis balls through and so will be helpful to the tennis club if they want to use it.” Mr Arnel added that it would be useful to the community because cricket practice could be done in Elaine rather than having to travel into Ballarat or a larger centre to do specialist skills training. “While its still football season, we are preparing for cricket and we need to know if any young kids want to play,” Mr Arnel said.
“We have the equipment down there that we can teach them the skills, we are well equipped in that area, but if they want to play sport for the summer they need to make up their mind so that we can prepare.” Elaine was looking at having a second junior team but without firm commitment from players that is looking unlikely. “The kids that indicated at the end of last year that they would play haven’t come forward yet and hopefully they won’t come to us too late,” Mr Arnel said.
“Realistically we can only run a maximum of sixteen kids in a team and rotate them any more than that someone will be disappointed. “We thought me may have two teams but we need those kids who expressed interest to come forward.”