Katandra Cricket Club is looking to harness its spectacular early season form and turn it into some off-field momentum on Saturday night.
The club, which has lost just one match across its three Cricket Shepparton teams in the first five rounds, will welcome 74-Test Australian cricket legend Doug Walters to its facilities for a sportsman’s night.
Eagles president Andrew Nicholls said all club members were extremely excited for the event, which will give Walters the opportunity to share some of his more entertaining stories to what is hoped to be a huge crowd.
‘‘We’re looking to build some more momentum, especially after the way we’ve started the season, so it’s also a reward of sorts for the players too,’’ he said.
The night will also have numerous door prizes handed out and plenty of sporting memorabilia up for auction, and Nicholls encouraged any cricket fans to get out to Katandra for an experience that does not come around often.
‘‘It’s been a little while since we’ve had something like this or someone of Doug Walters’ ilk,’’ Nicholls said.
‘‘We’re hoping for 100-150 people, but we’re not putting a roof on it or anything, it’s open to the public and the players have tickets to sell, so anyone who is interested in coming is very welcome.’’
Walters, now 71, remains a much-loved icon of Australian cricket, not just for his all-round ability with bat and ball (with averages of 48.26 and 29.08 with each respectively in the Test arena), but for his standing as a great bloke and larrikin on and off the field.
Saturday night’s proceedings start from 7pm, with tickets available at the door or via Katandra’s social pages for $50.
‘‘Fifty dollars is pretty cheap to come see a former Australian cricketer, that includes a feed as well and you’ll get to listen to some great stories,’’ Nicholls said.