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Property Here - Thursday, April 11, 2013

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DON McQueen doesn't like cricket. He loves it.

So much so that he carved his own cricket ground from the bush and farmland in Strath Creek.

The Test tragic has slogged away at the Hume and Hovell Cricket Ground over the past two decades to create an English-style pitch in the bush.

But after 20 years, Mr McQueen is ready to pass on his bat and ball, several of them in fact - most signed by some of Australia's cricketing legends.

And he's hoping someone else loves the game as much as he does as he sells the ground, accommodation for 36 people, a licensed restaurant and 50-seater pavilion, all on the 6.8ha site for about $950,000.

For an offer of $1.4 million, he will throw in a further 70ha of farmland surrounding the pitch. And for the hat-trick, there's a 60m wall of cricketing memorabilia, including three bats signed by Sir Don Bradman, also up for grabs.

"I've been there 20 years, it's been wonderful, but sooner or later you have got to give it to someone else,'' Mr McQueen said.

In those 20 years he's hosted schools, cricket clubs and training camps and many well-known cricketers.

And for the lucky lads who bowl a maiden over, the ground has also hosted its share of weddings.

Not to mention conferences and even other sporting groups.

Named after explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell who first ventured into Victoria, and passed through what is today known as Strath Creek, the ground is a cut above the typical Australian wicket.

"I fell in love with the English style of ground and so it's a little bit of England in the bush in Australia,'' Mr McQueen said.

But he kept an Australian sense of humour when naming the ground's main accommodation.

The "Not Out Inn'', a bunkhouse that sleeps 26, has just enough room for two elevens, a twelfth man each way and two umpires.

Chris Panagiotidis, director of Absolute Business Brokers, said it was a first for him.

"I've never sold a cricket ground before, but we have had some very interested inquiries,'' he said.

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