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Strathmerton's Carter named among Country's best

Strathmerton all-rounder Luke Carter has been recognised for his outstanding form last season, named vice-captain in the Victorian Country team of the year.

GREGOR MACTAGGART July 30, 2014 3:17am

Strathmerton's Luke Carter has been named in the Victorian Country team of the year.

Strathmerton cricket star Luke Carter has been named as vice-captain in the Victoria Country team of the year for last season.

The 31-year-old was the lone player from across the region to earn a spot in the 12-man merit side following a Murray Valley season that gleaned 837 runs at the superb average of 83.70 and 23 wickets at a miserly 13.96.

Carter will be making the close to three-hour trip by road to the city on Sunday for a special ceremony at Cricket Victoria’s head office in Jolimont.

‘‘This is the second time in as many years I’ve been named in the team, so I’m pretty happy,’’ Carter said.

‘‘To be named vice-captain as well is a great honour for me, I’m looking forward to going down to Melbourne for the presentation.

‘‘I went last year and got presented with a cap and a plaque which was great, and it is also a good opportunity to meet the other boys named in the team.’’

The merit side includes a familiar name in Nick Jewell, who played 62 first-class matches for Victoria from 2002 to 2010 following a stint with AFL club Richmond.

Carter, who bats first-drop for the Bulldogs and is an accurate medium-pace bowler, has set his sights on playing a pivotal part in Strathmerton’s premiership defence when the new Murray Valley season commences in October.

Also on the agenda is a possible second appearance for Victoria at the national country cricket championships, being held in Bendigo from January 5 to 12.

‘‘Last year was my first appearance with the Vic Country team in Canberra and it was a great experience,’’ he said.

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