A pair of Murray Valley Cricket Association stars have garnered statewide recognition this week after putting together outstanding seasons.
Barooga duo Justin Maley and Matthew Dimble were named in the sixth edition of the Victorian Country Cricket League’s team of the year on Thursday.
The side is compiled solely on a statistical basis, allowing players to compare themselves objectively to their counterparts across eight regional competitions.
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.
‘‘It is purely a statistical exercise. All other variables are discounted,’’ VCCL chairman of selectors Kelvin White 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.
‘‘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.’’
Maley was named at number 10 in the team as one of the best strike bowlers in country Victoria, taking 43 regular season wickets at an average of just 8.14.
His ability to remain unbeaten at the crease was also impressive, giving the gun an average of 50.2 with the bat despite only hitting 251 runs.
Teammate Dimble takes up the gloves in the side after amassing 36 dismissals and 311 runs at an average of 31.1.
It is the first time either man has been selected and members will be acknowledged at tomorrow’s VCCL annual general meeting with a plaque presentation.