HIT: Past Highs' Dean Krebs will remain at the club for this season after it merged with Combined Country to form a new side in Bundaberg cricket.
HIT: Past Highs' Dean Krebs will remain at the club for this season after it merged with Combined Country to form a new side in Bundaberg cricket. Paul Donaldson BUN140117CRIC8

Highs' change of scenery

CRICKET: There will be a new side in the top division of Bundaberg cricket this season.

But it will still be familiar with a lot of fans and players.

Division 1 side Past Highs has merged with Combined Country Western Suburbs cricket club to form a new team in Bundy cricket.

The new club will be called Past Highs Combined Country Cricket Club.

"Combined Country were fairly well off (financially) but struggled for players,” new club president John Lowe said.

"Past Highs had a strong base of players but struggled financially.

"It was the perfect time to bring them together.”

Both clubs have almost 130 years of history in the competition with Past Highs over 75-years-old and Combined Country 52-years-old this year.

Lowe said there were not many problems bringing both clubs together.

"We've been playing cricket together in competitions for the past five seasons,” he said.

"Unofficially we were already joined so this just makes it official.”

The new club will incorporate the history of both teams as well.

The black colours of Combined Country will stay and be joined by the orange of Past Highs.

The side will also be called the tigers, keeping the cat theme of the Combined Country side.

"We'll be orange and black this year and have got a logo ready to go,” Lowe said.

"We've also ordered our shirts ready for the new season.”

Both the shirts and logo will be revealed before the season begins.

The side is now preparing to recruit players.

"We'll have an under-10 to under-14 side in the juniors and plan to have three if not four senior sides depending on how the Bundaberg Cricket Association organise the competition,” Lowe said.

"Past Highs player Dean Krebs has signed for us and we've got a few other signings up our sleeve as well.”

The club will hold a sign-on day at 4pm today at Jubilee Park for those interested in joining.

The season is expected to start next month.



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