Maiden Gully president Paul Martin expects his club to push for finals in division one of the Emu Valley Cricket Association this season.
The Gully improved to seventh last season after propping up the ladder in 10th in 2010-11.
With the return of former players Craig Green and Tim Chisolm, plus more regular appearances from Ben Manning, Martin believes the Gully is primed to push for the top four.
“We weren’t that far away last year. We’re definitely looking at getting into the top four this year, with how we went last year and what we’ve picked up we’re certainly looking at a top four spot,” Martin said.
The club will field teams in the top three divisions this season, as well as three junior teams.
Maiden Gully has also received a financial boost ahead of Saturday’s season-opener against Axe Creek.
The club’s home ground will be known as Evolution Oval this season after signing a sponsorship with Evolution Copy Print Solutions, which is owned by captain-coach Mark Smith.
“It’s just his way of giving back a bit to the cricket club. It’s going to help to try and make cricket affordable to all of the players,” Martin said.
“It’s just going to help us with the day-to-day things like the practice balls and… financially with equipment.
“Financially, the club’s going in the right direction. We’ve got some really good sponsors – we’re just entering our fourth year with the Golden Square Hotel.
“Simonds Homes are on board as our major sponsor with our juniors, they help out a lot with uniforms for the players and things like that.”