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The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the State Government to provide funding toward the installation of ten turf practice wickets at Yarrambat War Memorial Park, to ensure the future of top class cricket in Melbourne’s north.

Speaking during the adjournment debate in Parliament recently, Ms Lovell said the plan by the Plenty Valley Cricket Club to install the practice wickets at the ground will ensure the viability of the club’s women’s teams in the Victorian Women’s Premier Cricket competition.

“Plenty Valley Cricket Club’s ground at Yarrambat War Memorial Park is home to the only turf wickets within the Plenty Valley area and by completing in the Women’s Premier competition, hosts the highest level of sport played in Nillumbik Shire,” Ms Lovell said.

“The installation of the ten turf practice wickets at the ground will not only see the club’s women teams flourish but also strengthen the club’s plans to enter the Cricket Victoria’s Men’s Premier competition in the future.”

Ms Lovell said that Plenty Valley Cricket Club had made two unsuccessful attempts for Sports & Recreation Victoria funding and it was time the club received the State Government support it deserved.

“Plenty Valley Cricket Club is providing the pathway to elite turf cricket for young female and male cricketers and this redevelopment will provide even greater opportunities for athletes in the area,” Ms Lovell said.

“The planned turf wickets will upgrade Yarrambat War Memorial Park into a first-class facility and allow the club to continue competing in the highest level of cricket available,” Ms Lovell said.

“That is why I have requested the Minister commit immediate funding towards the establishment of ten turf wickets by the Plenty Valley Cricket Club at Yarrambat War Memorial Park.”

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