A newly-merged cricket club is building a rapport between players after starting pre-season training.
Allansford-Panmure will make its debut as a merged entity when the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association 2020-21 season starts on October 31.
The club had its first training session at Panmure on Thursday night and will run another on Saturday afternoon.
Division one captain Chris Bant, who played for Panmure in the Grassmere association before crossing to Allansford in the major league competition, said it was pleasing to see players, from all grades.
"Everyone was just happy to get out of the house, see some people and do something," he said.
"Both clubs are social clubs so I think it's going to be pretty quick before we're all on the one page and pretty good mates with each other."
Bant expects Panmure to hold most pre-season training as Allansford's nets receive a much-needed upgrade.
The Uebergang Oval nets will increase from two to five.
"They are all retractable nets. It is going to be pretty good once it's in and going but I don't think it will be in until round one," he said.
"The poles are in, they just have to concrete the pad and put the carpet in and it should be right to go."
Bant said his knowledge of both clubs' players would be handy when it came to selection.
"It is a bit easier for me because I know everyone's ability as far as picking sides," he said.
"I am probably the only person who has seen everyone play."
The state government's decision to allow regional Victoria to move to step three of its coronavirus roadmap to recovery gave cricket the green light.
"The club has been very prepared off the field. They already had the COVID plan written up before (Premier) Dan Andrews even said anything," Bant said.
"We knew we'd be right to go as soon as we got the go ahead.
"It is hard to get motivated when everything is so unknown but now we know the dates I think everyone is pretty keen for that date to come around and get into it."