Some of Shepparton’s experienced cricketers will join a bunch of Australia’s oldest and most enthusiastic players at Barooga for the annual Masters Cricket Festival.
In its 14th year, the popular tournament starts on Monday and will have four days of action, with all matches played at Barooga Main Oval and Barooga No.2.
Eight teams will be competing across two divisions, with two pools of four teams making up each division.
This will mean an influx of 100 players, with visitor numbers including family members expected to bring almost 300 people to Cobram-Barooga.
Players older than 35 contest the festival.
Shepparton will be competing in division two and will be up against Narre North, Beaconsfield and Gippsland United, which won the tournament last year.
Shepparton will battle Narre North in its first match, which will be played at Barooga Main Oval at 5pm on Monday.
It will face Gippsland United at Barooga No.2 on Wednesday at 9am, before looking to end the tournament on a high when it takes on Beaconsfield at Barooga No.2 at 9am on Thursday.
The first day’s play is 30 overs per team, with Twenty20 games played on the last two days.
Modified rules include shortened run-ups, closer boundaries, limited overs for bowlers and batting retirements that all ensure the games are close and enjoyable.
Festival co-ordinator and Barooga Sports Club promotions manager Mick O’Dwyer said the public could expect some entertaining theatre.
‘‘Spectators will witness entertaining cricket in these games. Players take it quite seriously, but there is still plenty of room for some very funny antics and comments during games,’’ O’Dwyer said.