It’s just not cricket


THE Mer­ton Cricket Club af­ter many years will be un­able to field a side this sea­son due to lack of player num­bers.

Af­ter win­ning the grand fi­nal last sea­son by de­feat­ing Kil­more in the Sey­mour com­pe­ti­tion, most of the team have gone their sep­a­rate ways.

Some have re­tired due to fam­ily com­mit­ments and last year’s cap­tain, An­der­son, moved to an­other club in the Wan­garatta league.

Af­ter ad­ver­tis­ing for a cap­tain/coach po­si­tion and many calls to ex-players, the re­gret­ful po­si­tion to fold the club or go into re­cess will be made this Wed­nes­day at the clu­b­rooms, start­ing at 6pm.

The club started in the pre-war years, folded, then re­formed in the early 1980s.

Since then it had played in a num­ber of leagues and di­vi­sions over the years in­clud­ing Euroa, Alexan­dra/ Mans­field, Euroa/ Alexan­dra, Be­nalla and Dis­trict and fi­nally in the Sey­mour league in the last two sea­sons.

In the last 30 years the club has won eight pre­mier­ships and has played in fi­nals on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Hope­fully we can re­group and re­form next sea­son.

In the mean­time the ground will host ju­nior matches and maybe a cou­ple of scratch matches for the older players. played in the morn­ing com­pe­ti­tion and scored 15 points.

Rob Brown­lee won near­est the pin on the eighth.

On Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, the sec­ond round of the club cham­pi­onships was played with the course run­ning an ex­tra 40-50 me­tres.

The win­ner of the ladies’ was Mardi Trescowthick.

The men’s win­ner was Greg Roberts.

These two won the spon­sors ‘Euroa Ho­tel’ prize.

Line balls went to Mick Bolton on 75 nett and Bray­dan Millar and Neil Barter on 76 nett.

The ladies’ drive and pitch went to Ria Pearce.

The men’s drive and pitch went to Shae Van Der Schoor.

We had a visit from 15 players from the Yea Golf Club who en­joyed the golf and hos­pi­tal­ity and said: ‘They would be back soon’.

One of their golfers also won the raf­fle.

Near­est the pins: on the 4th Alan Rowarth who also got his birdie, on the 8th the club, on the 15th Neil Barter, and on the 17th Chris Ben­nett.

Bray­dan Millar some­how beat Wally Dunn with a birdie on the 18th in their knock­out.

Next week’s golf is a stable­ford round.

For those who want to watch the foot­ball grand fi­nal, hit off is from 10am with Wally Dunn look­ing af­ter pro­ceed­ings.

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