Strathmerton cricket player Luke Carter is the first Murray Valley player to be named in the Victorian Country Cricket League team of the year.By Randall Johnston
Strathmerton cricket player Luke Carter is the first Murray Valley player to be named in the Victorian Country Cricket League team of the year.
Carter said it was an honour to be named in the team.
‘‘It’s just based on your stats from throughout the season. It’s a good way to top off a good year,’’ he said.
Carter said he could not wait to get back into the cricket season.
‘‘(Strathmerton) started training about two weeks ago, our team will be pretty similar to last year.
‘‘It’s only about six weeks until the season starts, so there is a bit of a buzz starting to build around the club now.’’
Murray Valley Cricket Association secretary Anthony Holmes said the association was rapt with this news.
‘‘Luke is a guy who has come through our juniors and now into our seniors,’’ Holmes said.
‘‘For a Murray Valley Cricket Association player to be chosen in the team of the year — that’s what we’re really proud of.’’
The association’s treasurer Colin Smith said the selection was an important milestone, with Carter being its first player to be selected.
‘‘We believe we have some good talent in our association and Luke is one of the premier ones,’’ Smith said.
‘‘He is a very good batsman, bowler and fielder and plays within the spirit of the game.’’
As a member of the Strathmerton Cricket Club, Carter amassed 958 runs, as well as claiming 21 wickets for the season.
The number three batsman enjoyed a standout season with his highest score being 205.
At season’s end the accolades flowed for Carter, winning his fourth Guthrie Medal for the MVCA’s best player.
VCCL selector Kelvin White said the team of the year was formed by the best performers in country cricket and was selected on a statistical basis.
‘‘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,’’ White said.
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