COP THAT MATES

McIvor Times - - SPORTS - By MICHAEL MATTINGLY

THE VIC­TO­RIAN Coun­try over 60 cricket side con­tin­ued its un­de­feated sea­son by top­pling the War­randyte over 60s in a com­pet­i­tive match at Bar­rack Re­serve on Sun­day.

Wavell McPher­son, who will com­pete in the over 70 ver­sion of The Ashes against Eng­land in March, was part of the Vic­to­rian Coun­try team.

Af­ter win­ning the toss, Vic­to­ria Coun­try elected to bat and fin­ished its 40 overs at 7/190. Paul Den­ton snared three wick­ets for War­randyte while Noel Sharpe grabbed two.

In re­ply, War­randyte never looked like trou­bling Vic­to­rian Coun­try side and was bowled out for just 118 two balls into the 38th over.

Opener John Ryan top scored for War­randyte with 34, ac­com­pa­nied by Ian Sharpe (27) who also of­fered some re­sis­tance.

Heath­cote’s Trevor Sing — who played his first match for the Vic­to­rian Coun­try side on the week­end – said the game was very en­joy­able.

“It was my first game and I re­ally en­joyed it, it was good to get the win in the end too,” Sing said.

“We bat­ted re­ally well to get to 190 from our 40 overs.”

Sing also praised the con­cept of the over 60s com­pe­ti­tion and the way it brought play­ers to­gether from all over the state.

“Play­ers come from all over, in our team we have guys from War­rnam­bool to Heath­cote just for a game of cricket and I reckon that’s great,’’ he said.

“Each bat­ter in our team re­tires at 25 runs and we ro­tate the field as well so each player spends five overs off the ground to give ev­ery­one a go at it.

“When peo­ple are com­ing from far and wide you want ev­ery­one to have a hit.”

Vic­to­ria Coun­try open­ing bats­men Wavell McPher­son (left) and Jim Geltch (right) stride to the wicket at Bar­rack Re­serve dur­ing the clash with War­randyte in the over 60s match on Sun­day.

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