On Sunday February 23 Cricket Victoria hosted the All Abilities State cricket carnival at Casey Fields. Players from Gippsland’s No Boundaries competition were selected to represent the region in the Superleague competition. Nine players from Drouin and two from Traralgon were selected for the squad.
Gippsland faced some stiff competition in their division, but competed extremely well throughout their three pool games. In the first game, Gippsland went down in a nail biter by six runs being defeated by Axe Creek. In the second game a very strong Wyndham team showed why they were one of the tournament favourites with an easy win over our team. However, after regrouping it was in the last game where the Gippy team stepped up a gear and put in a solid team performance. All players on the park contributed to what ended up being a convincing 42 run victory against the Invitational eleven.
There were many highlights throughout the day, including a three wicket maiden over and some huge hitting by all-rounder Doug Walters. Kelvin Waters contributed with a number of sixes combined with tight bowling from his end. On his last delivery of the day Michael Martine picked up a key wicket contributing to the teams win over the Invitational eleven, assisted by some great team fielding. Sam Horner, Matt Keily and Stephen Scholz were consistent with the bat and ball all day. Rhys Matheson bowled quick, whilst Mel McGowan, Patrick Maurice and Liam Hill were reliable all day.
Special congratulations go to Doug Walters, who was one of 22 players selected to train as part of the Victoria Vikings All Abilities cricket squad. This squad will train in preparation for the National All Abilities carnival.