For the first time in more than 30 years, the Fairfield Liverpool Cricket Association will play games on turf pitches this summer.
The under 15/16s and first grade competitions will play games at Don Dawson Oval, Cabramatta and Fairfield Park when not being used by the Fairfield Liverpool grade club.
Each week selected games will be played on the premium grounds with up to three games per week to be played on turf instead of the usual synthetic wickets.
The last turf games for the association were in 1985 apart from an abbreviated under-16 Sunday competition and a couple of junior games two years ago.
FLCA president Peter Moore said it was a “great thing” for the association.
“A lot of kids have never played on a turf wicket before so this will give them exposure and provide more variety,” he said. “The juniors are very excited to be playing on turf grounds.”
Moore approached the grade club at the end of last season about the possibility of using the grounds when they were playing away games.
“They were very supportive and we jumped at the chance,” he said. “When fifth grade are not using those grounds, we will use it both Saturday and Sunday after the junior rep season.”
The junior and senior competitions start with a one-day fixture on September 16.