CAPTAIN Forbes Klemm hopes next year's elevation to division one of Bendigo Country Week will help build the reputation of the Emu Valley Cricket Association.
Emu Valley won its first Bendigo Country Week division two title since 1957 on Friday, defeating the Goulburn Murray Colts by two wickets at J.L. King Weeroona Oval.
With the grand final victory, Emu Valley will make the step-up into division one next year.
"The competition has been looking to get up into division one for a while now," Klemm said on Saturday.
"It's a very pleasing result for the league because they invest a lot of time and money into it... rather than just pay for us blokes to have a hit and a few beers, they want to see some bang for their buck, so it was good to be able to produce it.
"We don't profess to being the greatest competition, but winning does help your reputation.
"People may be a bit more positive with how they view our league. Playing in division one helps lift the profile, and even from within, hopefully, more players will be willing to put their hand up and challenge themselves next year."
• Emu Valley top Bendigo Country Week performers:
Runs - Andrew Collins (272), Matthew Dwyer (262), Alex Collins (240), Scott Ross (110), Forbes Klemm (78).
Wickets - Alex Collins (9), Anthony Collins (6), Daniel Chamberlain (5), Travis Nolan (4).