Liam Durkin


THE Australian Country Cricket League Championships concluded on Wednesday.

Sale-Maffra was well represented in the Victorian Country Cricket League men’s and women’s team.

Stratford’s Jack Rietschel again took part, as did former Sale boy Jack Wrigglesworth, now living in Geelong.

His cousin and Bundalaguah player Megen Wrigglesworth, made her debut for Victoria Country Women.

Collegians quick Nathan Whitford made his Victoria Country debut during the tournament held in Newcastle.

Traralgon cricketer and Victoria Country captain Lee Stockdale set an incredible new mark, becoming the most capped VCCL player at an Australian Country Cricket Championships when he reached 52 games.

ELSEWHERE, Gippsland Pride was denied the Under 15 Girls Cricket Victoria Country Cup, after weather led to an abandoned final.

Gippsland was 4/31 off 14 overs at the Junction Oval before play was halted last Sunday.

Heyfield and Bundalaguah cricketer Maddie Winter was named player of the carnival.

Winter took nine wickets across four games, with best bowling of 4/10, and had a top-score of 68 with the bat.

She was joined by Rosedale-Kilmany’s Olivia Speairs and Longford’s Gemma Bruce as SMCA representatives.

Gippsland Pride Under 16 boys had better luck, winning their final in December.

The team travelled to Albury for the home-and-away rounds, before taking to Greenvale for the final against Central Highlands.

Pride chased the 149 needed for victory, getting over the line in the 42nd over.

Wickets were shared between Blake Rowley, who took (3/18), Nate Murphy (2/28) and Mitchell Johnson (2/29).

Bundalaguah’s Patrick Horan top-scored with 56 opening the batting, and was helped by Heath Womersley making 29 not out.

Gippsland Pride has also made the Under 21s final, which will be played on Sunday, January 28.

CLOSER to home, Meerlieu will return to the park tomorrow.

The top-of-the-table Tussocks have an assignment with Wy Yung on the Tigers home turf.

Unlike all other associations across Gippsland, Bairnsdale Cricket Association played their final round before Christmas on December 23, the trade-off meaning players did not go back last weekend.

Meerlieu went into the break with a win over St Mary’s Nagle.

The Tussocks were sent in at home, and responded by putting up 7/194 from their allotted 40 overs.

Anthony Simpson top-scored with 60, while Nick Adendorff made 41 off 48 balls.

Skipper Rohan Blandford made 36 off 33 balls at the top of the order, putting on 56 with Simpson for the first wicket.

Meerlieu then took wickets at regular intervals to see St Mary’s Nagle bowled out for 150.

Wickets were shared between Jack McConachy, who took 3/29, Adendorff (2/16) and Adam Cairns (2/47).

The Sophie Molineux Cup, named after the former Bairnsdale and Australian cricketer, was set down to be played in Yinnar from January 22-24 between under 17 girls teams across Gippsland. However, some associations are reporting difficulty getting sufficient numbers, therefore, the decsision has been made to cancel the three-day event and replace it with a one day tournament.

It is proposed teams will now play two twenty20 games on either Monday, January 22 or Tuesday, January 23.

IN veterans cricket, the Gippsland Goannas Over 70s game against West Gippsland was cancelled on Tuesday.

Heavy rain on Monday left conditions at Toongabbie Recreation Reserve unplayable.

The match has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 30.

This coming weekend is a busy one for the Goannas, with all teams in action.

The Over 50 team will play a rescheduled game against East Ringwood on Sunday, while both the Over 60 and Over 70 teams will travel to take on Victoria Country team at Harry Trott Oval, Bendigo.