We also congratulate all those selected in this team.
Victorian Country Cricket League – Media Release
The Victorian Country Cricket League has selected its Team of the Year for season 2020-21. Eight regional cricket teams of the year were originally forwarded to the VCCL and all 96 players were considered for inclusion in the VCCL team.
The selection process includes the application of criteria based on player performances using statistics from home and away matches of each country cricket association’s top grade or division. The team contains two opening batsmen, four top and middle order batsmen, an all-rounder, a wicketkeeper and four bowlers, at least one of whom has to be a spinner.
“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. All other variables are discounted,” VCCL chairman of selectors Rob McIntyre said.
“This season’s nominations have again seen some outstanding performances in country cricket associations across this State,” he said. “With most competitions playing fixtures of one-day matches for the entire season due to the pandemic, the top batting performances came from those who batted in the first four positions for their teams. The top bowlers were still able to take wickets numbering in the high 30’s and early 40’s even though they were restricted to the number of overs they could bowl in each match in the one-day format.”
Sam Miller has been named captain after amassing over 900 runs in the Ballarat Cricket Association. Sam returned to Ballarat last season after stints in Canberra and South Australia where he played Sheffield Shield and one-day matches.
Dale Kerr is vice-captain after another outstanding season with the ball. He has been a consistently high wicket-taker in the Bellarine Peninsula competition for the past seven seasons.
Six members of this season’s team have been selected in previous VCCL Teams of the Year – Sean O’Neill (2017/18, 2018/19), Dale Kerr (2017/18, 2019/20), Cameron Wheeler (2017/18), Joshua White (2018/19), Jacob Smith (2018/19) and Rhys Webb ((2018/19).
The VCCL Team of the Year process provides Vic Country selectors with an opportunity to recognise the better players across the State when identifying potential Victorian country squad members for the Australian Country Cricket Championships to be held in January 2022.
Members of the 2020-21 VCCL team will be acknowledged with a plaque and cap presentation at the league’s annual general meeting in early August.