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A family affair in MVCA premier division

By Tyler Maher

A rare family feat happened at Cobram's Scott Reserve on Saturday.

Cobram-Yarroweyah United president, wicket-keeper and veteran Brett Andrew took to the field with all five of his sons in Murray Valley Cricket Association premier division round 12 action, an achievement which left the proud father beaming.

“It was for sure a proud day,” Andrew said.

“It sort of fell into place with a few unavailabilities and one of my boys then made himself available once he knew the rest of us would be playing.

“It's the first time we've played all together and being A-grade it makes it even more special.”

Amazing feat: The Andrew family - Kieran (back left), Brett, Jonathan, Jack (front left), Keeton and Billy - all played in the same premier division side for Cobram-Yarroweyah United at the weekend.

Not lost on Andrew, 54, was that it was almost certain he would never play another match - let alone an A-grade affair - with all of Jonathan, 29, Kieran, 26, Billy, 23, Jack, 16, and Keeton, 13, by his side.

“Being the president I presented my youngest with his first A-grade cap and I don't think anyone else really realised the significance of it,” he said.

“It wouldn't happen again anywhere else, for a father and five sons to be playing A-grade together is unheard of.

“To be a part of it is really special and I hope they can go on and play with their sons one day.”

The combine hosted winless Tocumwal in the first two-day fixture of the season, bowling the Bloods out for 163 before reaching 21 without loss before stumps were called.

Kieran (2-9 from nine overs) and Jack (2-32) were superb with the ball, alongside Liam Benn (5-63), while Jack backed it up with the bat to be unbeaten on 12 at the halfway mark of the contest.

Ayden Latessa (eight not out) will stride out alongside Jack on Saturday with 143 runs remaining to tick off a second victory of the summer for their side - something all of the Andrews are focused on.

“There were five catches taken on Saturday and they were all by an Andrew, I got three and Jack got two,” Andrew said.

“That's the only thing we're worried about now, getting the win.

“Both teams are pretty keen to get one so hopefully it will be a good day on Saturday.”

And while there are no grandchildren for Andrew to take to the field with just yet, those around the combine who have witnessed the longevity of their club stalwart - who made his top tier debut in 1980 - would not count him out from holding the gloves for another decade or two.

“I've never retired I've just sort of kept going, with five boys you just keep on going,” he said.

“Being president as well you just keep doing what needs to be done around the club.

“This is my third or fourth year as president and I captained A-grade for longer than most before that I suppose.”

● In the other fixture of the round, Barooga made 177 all-out in the face of some superb Katamatite bowling.

Sam Dorsey's 5-45 was the highlight, but Ash Saunders (2-41) and James Tierney (2-44) also snared multiple victims with ball in hand.

The Boosey Creek Tigers faced four overs before stumps without concern as Andrew Erickson (one not out) and Jeremy Van Zuyden (one not out) ticked the score along to 0-4.