New Gators embracing the travel factor

Allansford-Panmure Cricket Club welcomes brothers Kade and Sam Parker for 2021-22 WDCA season

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SIBLINGS: Kade and Sam Parker will play for Allansford-Panmure in season 2021-22. Picture: Chris Doheny

SIBLINGS: Kade and Sam Parker will play for Allansford-Panmure in season 2021-22. Picture: Chris Doheny

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A two-hour round trip to train is worth it for two brothers eager to test themselves in the Warrnambool and District Cricket Assocation.

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A two-hour round trip to train is worth it for two brothers eager to test themselves in the Warrnambool and District Cricket Assocation.

The Parker siblings - Kade, 21, and Sam, 19, - have joined the Gators from Colac and District league club Alvie for the 2021-22 season.

Kade is a dairy farmer and Sam a fourth-year apprentice carpenter.

The appeal of "two-day cricket and turf matches" lured them to the Gators.

They're embracing the drive from their home in Irrewillipe and have settled in well at pre-season training.

"Dad (Jeff) gives me anytime I'd like off for cricket. We have a really good set up at home which allows me to come down," Kade said.

"It is probably about an hour (each way) for both of us to come down but we're really enjoying it so far.

"It will be a fairly big step up we think which will be good."

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Sam said Allansford-Panmure's new training facilities, including nets, were a bonus.

"We've played cricket here before on the turf (during junior country week) and we've always enjoyed it," he said.

"I have always enjoyed playing cricket with Kade and it's half the reason why we came to Allansford.

"We only ever played one season apart."

Kade hopes to establish a spot in the Gators' top order.

"I am an opening bat and bowl a little bit so hopefully I can get a few runs and wickets," he said.

"Batting will be one of the strengths (as a team) and the two Boyds (dad Ben and son Ethan) will probably be two of our better bowlers."

Sam is a wicketkeeper-batsman.

Allansford-Panmure coach Jake Bloom said the brothers were welcome additions.

"Kade came out to watch us in the last game of the season last year," he said.

"He was really impressed with how the boys interacted together and the real team atmosphere and loved our training facilities.

"He messaged me at the end of the season, saying 'I'm interested in playing, can we have a chat?'.

"So we did and he's brought down his brother as well. We're delighted."

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