Vics dominating with badge and ball
It’s been a busy and successful start to the 2018/2019 season for the Victoria Police Cricket Club, competing in feature matches and tournaments both domestically and interstate.
Here’s a rundown of the team’s results and achievements leading in to the new year.
George Howell Shield
In November 2018 the team travelled to Assumption College at Kilmore to play the annual George Howell Shield. This match was first played in the summer of 1952-53 following the death of Constable George Howell, who was murdered whilst attempting to arrest a car thief in Caulfield in 1952.
As the weather cleared, Assumption won the toss and elected to bat, posting a competitive total of 9 for 167 from their 45 overs. Matt Goodwright (3 for 28 from 9 overs) and Eamon Jennings (3 for 44 from 7 overs) were the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, the VPCC managed to pass the target in the 39th over with three wickets in hand, thanks to steady partnerships from Trent Delaney, Sean Walsh and Steve Rainey.
Former Chief Superintendent, Brian Harding, who was involved in the establishment of the George Howell Shield match in 1952, was on hand to see the VPCC triumph at Kilmore.
The Saker Medal (best afield for VPCC) went to debutant Trent Delaney for his steadying 38 not out with the bat. The Saker Medal recognises the contribution of the Saker Family to the Victoria Police Cricket Club, while the Blue Ribbon Medal (awarded to J. Turner of Assumption College) recognises the Blue Ribbon Foundation, which honours the memory of Victoria Police members who have died in the line of duty.
The VPCC is proud to have this event supported by the Blue Ribbon Foundation and Victoria Police Legacy. The VPCC also wishes to thank Assumption College for continuing to support this important event and for their hospitality.
2018 Australia New Zealans Police Cricket Championships
The following month, VPCC travelled to Sydney to compete in the 21st Australia and New Zealand Police Cricket Championships (ANZPCC). The round robin tournament was played at venues around Sydney and included teams from New Zealand, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Federal Police.
After a close loss to the reigning champions South Australia in the first game, the Vics regrouped and won all remaining five games.
However, due to the evenness of the competition, the Vics were relying on New South Wales to inflict a loss on South Australia to ensure they finished top of the table and take possession of the “KB Gold” Perpetual Shield. The New South Welshmen didn’t let the rivalry with Victoria stand in the way as they comfortably beat the South Australians by 40 runs.
VPCC debutant, Steve Nicholson was awarded a spot on the ANZPCC Merit Team with 112 runs and 13 wickets across the tournament.
The VPCC has now won this tournament a total of 8 times since it began in 1977, two more than closest rival, New South Wales.
The VPCC would like to thank The Victoria Police Amateur Sports and Welfare Society, CitiPower, Cricket Victoria and X Blades for their support.