A police officer fresh out of the academy has joined forces with Nestles Cricket Club for the upcoming Warrnambool and District Cricket Association season
Will Ringin, 20, will play for the Factory as a batting and wicket-keeping option.
The Ballarat-raised cricketer arrives at the club having played for Napoleon-Sebastopol in his home-town's competition before a short stint with Coburg in the sub-district competition.
He spent eight months in Melbourne at the police academy and hit the pitch when he was available.
"That was the stage where I had to prioritise work over cricket but when I did play I played firsts in the sub-district level which was a good little step up from the Ballarat league," Ringin said.
"You get a lot of guys feeding back in from premier cricket in the sub-districts and you get a lot of good young talent out there as well. It is a stepping stone players use."
Ringin was stationed in Warrnambool after completing his police training, arriving five months ago.
He was eager to join a cricket club and find a social outlet in his new home town.
"They are pretty accommodating because they understand we have to have life outside of work as well so I have arranged with a few of my bosses to have Saturdays off so hopefully I'll have a good run at this cricket season," he said.
Ringin "classifies myself more as a batsman than wicket-keeper" who can either open the batting or come in at first drop.
He wants to spend more time behind the stumps but knows wicket-keeping opportunities are hard to come by.
"I did that part-time in Ballarat as it can be pretty hard as you move up the grades," Ringin said.
"When I ultimately made it into A grade, I made it as a batsman.
"The keeper there was in his prime so it was going to be hard to push him out.
"I wanted to move through as a batsman and stay in touch with keeping and eventually take a spot when it became available."
Nestles has also found itself a passionate junior ambassador.
"I have always enjoyed the coaching element of cricket and have taken on junior sides," Ringin said.
"I have probably coached the last five years, under 13s and under 15s.
"For me cricket is a good equaliser and it's good to learn how to apply yourself at something because it can be a painful sport. It can teach good life lessons."