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.”