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Four Rhinos named in Murray Valley squad

The Deniliquin Rhinos will be well represented when the MVCA begins its Melbourne Country Week campaign on Monday.

February 14, 2014 4:55am

Four Deniliquin cricketers have been named in Murray Valley Cricket Association’s 21-man squad to go to Melbourne Country Week on Sunday.

Unsurprisingly, the Rhinos and Nathalia, the ladder leaders playing for MVCA’s Premier Cup, have the highest representation.

Deniliquin’s Andrew Hogan, Bradley Todd, Brenton Louden and Tim Hillier have been selected alongside Nathalia’s Ashley and Luke Quinn, Brodie Ross, Liam Evans and Matt Jaensch.

The team’s manager, Matt Haddrell, said the response from players this year was great, with the vast majority putting their hands up and described it as a balanced squad.

But some have been unable to commit to all five days due to other commitments, particularly work.

‘‘Pretty much every person out of the whole league made themselves available this year to play,’’ Haddrell said.

‘‘There are blokes that have committed to work or who can’t get annual leave, but they can get a couple of days here or there, so that’s why the squad’s big.’’

Also named in the squad are Cobram’s Shaun Downie and Strathmerton’s Luke Carter, who represented Victoria at the Australian Country Championships in Canberra earlier this year.

Downie will once again captain the side while Barooga’s Ranji Oliver is coach and will play if required.

The remaining members of the squad are Strathmerton’s Luke Patel and Tom Glover, Cobram-Yarroweyah United’s Kieran Andrew, Finley’s Russell Stockdale, Berrigan’s James Larter, Katunga’s Shane Healey, Waaia’s Damien Atkins and Brayden Carey, and Barooga’s Jamie Stanyer.

Murray Valley is playing in the Provincial Division with its first first match against Bendigo at Greenvale on Monday, followed by a contest against Mornington Peninsula at Ringwood on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s fixture has MVCA pitted against Geelong at Sunshine with the final preliminary match against South West at Bayswater on Thursday.

The final will be played at the MCG on Friday.

Murray Valley will be looking for an improved performance after winning just two games in Bendigo Country Week’s division one competition last month.

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