HERE'S a question for you - who was the last Bendigo cricketer to play for Victoria?
It's a tough one, even for many people inside the cricket fraternity.
I'm told it's Tim Welsford, who debuted for Victoria's one-day team in the 2004/05 summer.
According to every cricketer's bible - no, not Wisden - but website Cricinfo, Welsford played five games for the Bushrangers.
Before Welsford? Then it gets hazier.
I can't give you a firm answer and people I have asked aren't sure.
Bendigo cricketers could be making a bigger mark
It's astounding for a city with such a rich sporting culture that Bendigo hasn't produced more star cricketers.
Just think of elite athletes like Glenn O'Shea (cycling), Kristi Harrower (basketball), Glenn Ashby (sailing) and Joel Selwood (AFL) who are at the top of their fields.
There's certainly been enough talent in Bendigo for a progression of successful top level cricketers.
It tells me we need to work on our pathways.
Bendigo footballers and basketballers already have access to elite competitions in this city and Bendigo soccer is trying to create a pathway to the A-League.
It's made me think - why can't we do something similar with cricket?
Our best cricketers have to travel to Melbourne two or three times per week to train and play Premier Cricket.
The guys I know don't mind doing that.
They're young and are able to get down to the city in time for training.
Not every cricketer is that lucky.
Why don't we create a Premier Cricket team in Bendigo?
Many have families, work commitments and/or don't want to travel to Melbourne that often.
But I'd bet that a few of them wouldn't mind testing themselves against Victoria's best each week.
So why don't we create a Premier Cricket team in Bendigo?
We have almost everything we need.
I can think of at least 15 to 20 cricketers capable of playing at that level currently plying their trade in the Bendigo District Cricket Association.
Andrew Chalkley (Strathdale) and Richard Tibbett (Eaglehawk) have recently proved they were capable of stepping into first grade cricket at Richmond.
Bush cricketers are used to playing for the love, not money, so cash wouldn't be a major issue.
We have a beautiful ground that barely gets used during summer right in the heart of our city, the QEO.
We have experienced coaches and we have a BDCA president, Wayne Walsh, who supports the idea.
All we're missing are the appropriate training facilities and a combined push to get a team up and running.
There might be some resistance from Premier Cricket traditionalists, but knowing cricketers, the prospect of a bus trip from Melbourne to Bendigo for a game once a season would be eagerly anticipated.