GCA - All Grampians Cricket Association eyes have been on the weather as they prepare for tonight's Twenty20 match against the Australian Cricket Association Masters team.
It appears that the weather gods are on their side as fine conditions are predicted.
The match is to be played under international T20 rules with circles and fielding restrictions, which will be a challenge for GCA skipper Travis Nicholson, as he would not have played under these conditions.
Gates will open at 4.30pm, with the match scheduled to start at 5.30pm.
Full catering is available as well as a jumping castle for those junior enough not to be too fussed about the cricket.
Admission is $5.00 per adult, with children under 16 admitted free of charge.
A cricket bat, signed by both teams and umpires is to be raffled on the day. Tickets are a $1.00 each, and in due time the bat will become valued memorabilia.
Speaking to association assistant secretary Jodie Grinham, she said the GCA had been fortunate to secure the assistance of Stawell's service clubs to man the gates, barbecues and other stalls.
"It certainly makes the task of staging the match so much easier," she said.
In the absence of Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Wayne Rice, who is in China, the Shire's chief executive officer, Justine Linley will bowl the first ball of the match.
Justine is an ex-cricketer herself so it will be interesting to see if she comes off her long run, and rumour has it that she has been secretly bowling paper balls around the corridors of power.
GCA president, Anthony 'Pancho' Martin said it is a great opportunity to give cricket's profile a lift in the area.
Kids are invited to talk to the ACA players who will mix with the crowd giving autographs and photo opportunities.
He went on to state that the concept has received great support from Council and local traders, which is greatly appreciated.
Central Park is looking really great and ironically the pitch is the best it has been at this point in time for many years.
It will then be dug up and replaced starting on Monday as part of a plan to rejuvenate the pitch, which has been a problem for curator John Hunt over several of the past seasons.
The ground however will go out with a flurry of cricket, the T20 game on Friday, Youth Club v Swifts/Great Western on Saturday and an under 17 Kirton Shield match on Sunday where Grampians will be at home to the Gisborne White team.