QUEANBEYAN Cricket recruit Vinesh Bennett says he expects there will be “a few words mentioned” when he goes up against his former club for the first time this weekend.
After five years with Tuggeranong, Bennett joined Queanbeyan this season in search of a new opportunity.
And this Sunday will see him return to his former home ground of Chisholm, albeit in the blue of Queanbeyan.
“I invested a lot of time into [Tuggeranong] and still have a lot of friends there but I’m sure there will be a few words mentioned on the weekend if I’m playing first grade,” Bennett said.
“All I’ve known [for the past five years] is the Vikings and that group of players so it’s going to be an odd thing coming up against them.
“I must admit it felt a little different putting on blue for the first time when I came to Queanbeyan but when my wife saw it she said it looked a perfect fit and she’d know best,” he added with a laugh.
Bennett’s move to Queanbeyan this season comes as something of a surprise given the 38-year-old had been planning to sit the season out while focusing on his new cricket equipment shop in Weston Creek.
But watching others taking home brand new gear in preparation of the upcoming season eventually proved too great a temptation for the 38-year-old to get back out on the field himself.
“When you’ve got people walking out the door with new cricket gear all day you do start to get itchy feet,” he said. “You start to think maybe it’d be nice to be able to try out some new gear of your own.
“And there’s only so much time you can spend in the shop so now that’s moving along nicely, I had a bit of extra time to start playing again.”
Bennett comes as a welcome inclusion for the Bluebags with the 38-year-old bringing a wealth of experience to the club.
A former Sydney grade cricketer, the Jerrabomberra resident has represented Australia at two Indoor Cricket World Cups and was the 2012 Australia Indoor Cricketer of the Year.
This weekend will see Queanbeyan play a one-day double header with the side to take on Weston Creek Molonglo at Freebody on Saturday before meeting Tuggeranong at Chisholm on Sunday.
Queanbeyan currently sits on top of the John Gallop Cup one-day ladder but will be without star batsman Jono Dean for the rest of the regular season on Big Bash League duty.
Last Sunday, meanwhile, saw the Bluebags progress to the quarter finals of the SCG Cup with a 37-run victory over Eastlake at Kingston.