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Barooga players among best

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August 10, 2017

Matthew Dimble and Justin Maley with RF Merriman Service Award winner, Artie Owen at the VCCL Team of the Year awards night.

Members of the 2016-17 VCCL team were acknowledged at a plaque presentation at the league’s annual general meeting in Melbourne last Sunday.

Barooga cricketers Matthew Dimble and Justin Maley were among those honoured with selection in the team.

The process was adopted by the VCCL to promote country cricket and its better performers.

VCCL chairman of selectors Kelvin White said it was also seen as a strategy to encourage VCCL selectors to become more familiar with the talented cricketers in all associations in their regions, not just in the major competitions.

‘‘It is purely a statistical exercise,’’ White said.

‘‘The VCCL team of the year is decided on the basis of total runs and wickets, the best averages and the most wicket-keeping dismissals — all other variables are discounted,’’ he said.

‘‘By asking all regions to compile their best teams, we have had conversations with people right across country Victoria about the merits of their best performers for the season.

‘‘Carrying out this exercise shows players that, statistically, they do stack up against one another,’’ White said.

‘‘We all understand there are different levels of competition but you can only bat and bowl against the players on the other team.

‘‘Selecting a statistical VCCL team of the year gives us a starting point for working out our best players, and sorting potential Victorian country squad members for the Australian national championships.’’

White said the task to select the team was a fascinating exercise.

‘‘So many good players, so many impressive stats,’’ he said.

The team has two opening batsmen, four top and middle order batsmen, an all-rounder, a wicketkeeper and four bowlers (at least one has to be a spinner).

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