Vic Country down in thriller

By Robert Muir

Led by Yarrawonga Mulwala star batsman, Matthew Casey, Victoria’s Under 21 Country almost beat Vic Metro in Ballarat last Sunday.

In the 50-over, one-day contest, Vic Country won the toss and batted. Early wickets fell including Casey for no score, out to a ripper delivery resulting in a slips catch.

Vic country’s other North East Knights representatives in Angus Kilby and Mitch Dineen were the two top scorers with 24 and 20 respectively.

After 35 overs, Vic country were all out for 134 and would have to do everything right to get a victory.

Their fighting spirit was excellent, with the country bowlers applying constant pressure and by the lunchtime break, had restricted Vic Metro to 2/20.

Yarrawonga Mulwala Lakers’ bowler Will Sharp was brought into the attack and took two vital wickets to bring the game back into the balance.

Sharp bowled with pace and bounce, and beat the bat on numerous occasions. The 17-year-old showed he was at home in this standard of cricket and has a big future if he continues to work hard on his bowling.

The Metro team continued to lose wickets and at 9/132 a very difficult catch went to hand but didn’t stick which showed the game could have gone either way. Metro eventually passed the Vic Country total in what ended up being a very interesting contest.

Vic Country was skippered well by Casey, who made 69 for the Lakers last Saturday before the long night trip to Ballarat. Casey rang in the bowling changes to give his side every chance of victory.

It was an enthralling game and one that the Yarrawonga/Mulwala representatives enjoyed being part of.