WARRNAMBOOL and District Cricket Association (WDCA) will have two chances for top grade glory at the Western Waves Festival of Cricket this weekend.
Tournament organisers have promoted the WDCA’s second side to division one for the Twenty20 tournament, at the expense of Horsham.
The two sides — WDCA Gold is the firsts and WDCA Green is the seconds — meet at Tarrington at 9.30am today.
They will also play South West Cricket and Hamilton and District Cricket Association today, hoping to qualify for the final at 1.30pm tomorrow.
Festival of Cricket organiser Lloyd Ilett said Horsham had experienced a “mass exodus” from its squad.
The late omissions prompted captain Chris Hopper to request Horsham drop to division two.
“They had a mass exodus of their representative players they’d chosen already,” Ilett said.
“Unfortunately, they’ve had to replace them with under 18 players. They’re very young. They asked if it was possible to drop back to division two.”
Ilett said WDCA had earned the right to take Horsham’s place given it won division two at last year’s Festival of Cricket.
He said there would not be fears for the future of the tournament should two sides from the same association play in the final.
“It’s designed for the best players to be showcased,” he said.