Lo­cals star in state cricket

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies -

Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Cricket Club can now boast two of the best play­ers in the state af­ter the An­nual Vic­to­ria Coun­try ver­sus Vic­to­ria Metropoli­tan clash with James Irvine and Matt Casey play­ing key roles for the vic­to­ri­ous Vic­to­ria Coun­try Un­der 21 team.

Irvine opened the bowl­ing at the Queen Eliz­a­beth Oval in Bendigo on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 11 and with the fifth ball of the game he had his first wicket.

The Vic­to­ria Metropoli­tan team were dis­missed for 183 with Irvine the dom­i­nant bowler, fin­ish­ing with 5 for 34 off 6.4 overs as well as a catch.

The five wick­ets were of key bats­men and Vic­to­ria Coun­try Coach An­drew “Squiz” Squires was full of praise for Irvine.

“He got an early wicket, got hit for some runs and then to come back in his sec­ond spell and dis­man­tle Vic Metro, showed enor­mous ticker and the Wan­garatta and District Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion is ex­tremely pleased with Irvine and Casey,” said An­drew.

Irvine and Casey were the only rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the As­so­ci­a­tion to make the Vic Coun­try team.

With 184 runs for a Vic­to­ria Coun­try vic­tory Matt Casey bat­ted at four and com­piled 22 not out to en­sure the vic­tory with over eight overs re­main­ing.

Casey also took two catches dur­ing the bowl­ing in­nings.

“Casey is a qual­ity bats­man and he stonewalled the op­po­si­tion at­tack and helped guide the team to vic­tory,” An­drew said.

“To pass the to­tal for the loss of only two wick­ets demon­strated the com­mit­ment of the en­tire squad.

“Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala should be ex­tremely proud of the boys and their ef­forts and com­mit­ment.

“They are prov­ing to be qual­ity crick­eters and young men.”

James Irvine in ac­tion on Satur­day in A grades big win over Wan­garatta Mag­pies.

James Irvine and Matt Casey hold­ing the shield their Vic Coun­try side won against Vic­to­rian Metropoli­tan.

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