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Irvine’s Vics on track for final

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January 10, 2017

Katandra’s Hope Irvine has been involved with Victoria Country at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in NSW this week.

Katandra’s Hope Irvine has been involved with Victoria Country at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in NSW this week.

The teenager was last month selected in the prestigious squad for the first time, with the tournament beginning on Friday.

Running alongside the men’s competition, the women’s event in Wollongong has been staged entirely as Twenty20 matches.

Irvine has been used sparingly, but did bowl two overs in Victoria’s first-round win against East Asia Pacific on Friday.

East Asia Pacific batted first and was bowled out for 95, with Irvine finishing with figures of 0-15.

Irvine was not required with the bat, as Victoria won the game in the final over by four wickets.

Victoria is well placed to feature in tomorrow’s final after a dominant week.

After getting a fright on day one against East Asia Pacific, Victoria has recorded wins against Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory.

Its only blemish came in a 24-run loss to NSW on Sunday.

Semi-finals will take place tonight, starting at 6pm, while elimination finals will be tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the men’s side looks to be out of contention for the championship after a disappointing campaign that has yielded three wins from seven games.

Former Echuca cricketer Taylor Beard, who is playing in Bendigo with Sandhurst this season, is in the Victorian squad.

Beard has hit 123 runs at an average of 30.8, while his five wickets have come at 15.8.

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