Country's best hit Bendigo

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 19-Jan-2018

The EVCA's Matt Dwyer is caught out of his ground. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

BENDIGO has been abuzz with the sound of leather on willow this week as the annual Bendigo Country Week cricket tournament got into full swing.

Teams from across the state converged on central Victoria for the five-day tournament, played across three divisions.

The Emu Valley Cricket Association was featuring in division one, while the Bendigo District Cricket Association’s colts side was the early talking point of the week.

The Miggy Podosky-captained BDCA outfit recorded a mammoth total in its opening game against the nearby Upper Loddon association, smashing 3/387 from 50 overs.

Mitch Winter-Irving was the star, the White Hills captain blasting 200 not out including 100 runs worth of fours and five sixes.

He followed it with another century on day two, carting 109 and Podosky adding 57 not out but Bendigo lost to Swan Hill.

Winter-Irving wasn’t the only batsman to cash in, with day two seeing seven players ton up.

Colac’s David Treweek belted 182 against Northern United but  twin tons to NUCA duo James Harney (125) and Luke Bell (102) saw Treweek’s effort in vain, Gisborne’s Ben Way made 175, Murray Valley’s Liam Evans made 119 not out and Wangaratta’s Matt Casey made an unbeaten 100 against Red Cliffs.

One of the stranger results was recorded in division three, with a tie on day two between Upper Loddon and Grassmere.

Upper Loddon made 118 batting first after losing 9/27 in a collapse of epic proportions.

Grassmere got to 5/107 before losing the last five wickets for 11 runs to be all out for 118 and tie the match.

The EVCA won one of its opening two games and the Northern United association won both of its opening matches to be in a strong position heading into day three.

Finals will be held at the QEO, Tannery Lane and Bell Oval today.


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