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Marquee stars set for Goulburn Valley Bush Bash League

By Tyler Maher

Another pair of marquee signings have been announced ahead of next month's inaugural Goulburn Valley Bush Bash League.

The Jarvis Delahey Crushers have slotted English import Richard Oliver - who is playing for Geelong City - into one of their star positions, with Dandenong's Peter Cassidy also joining the outfit alongside captain Josh McDonald.

Oliver boast a first-class high score of 179 across 20 matches at the level, with 472 Twenty20 runs at 22.47 and a strike rate of almost 130 from 22 innings.

But his Geelong Cricket Association statistics also make for stellar reading, with Oliver cracking 20 tons and 28 half-centuries across 122 knocks for 5900 runs at 56.73.

This season alone in the division two ranks Oliver has four centuries and 564 runs at an average of 80.57 - imposing numbers in any competition.

Cassidy joins the Crushers as the third Dandenong product in the Crane Aid GVBBL - with Tom Donnell and James Nanopoulos spearheading the Hurley's Hotel Hounds squad - and will do most of his damage in this region with ball in hand.

He has 14 wickets at 22 during the Men's Premier Firsts and Vic Super Slam competitions this season, with 91 wickets at the level since 2015.

It leaves just one marquee spot open across the four squads, with the SRP Mud Dogs yet to announce the gun set to join captain Mitch and star Hamish Winter-Irving.

David Newman will lead the Hounds with his pair of Dandenong recruits by his side, with Matt Jaensch steering the Cobram Panel Works Panthers ship with South African import Wian Van Zyl and Zimbabwean international Tarisai Musakanda in tow.

After the draft this month, the rest of each squad has been filled in preparation for round one of action at Barooga Recreation Reserve on January 12.

Round two is scheduled for January 19 at Kyabram's Northern Oval, with round three set for Deakin Reserve on February 2 ahead of February 16's decider.