A Cricket Shepparton product has made a massive leap forward in his career.
Central Park-St Brendan’s premiership star Hamish Winter-Irving made his Futures League debut for Victoria yesterday against Queensland.
The all-rounder is listed to bat at number nine for his state, which won the toss and is batting first in the four-day clash in Brisbane.
At the time of writing a 153-run partnership between Travis Dean and Edward Newman had put Victoria in a strong position.
Winter-Irving’s promotion to the squad comes amid a stellar Men’s Premier Firsts season for Footscray.
In a rain-amended fixture on Saturday, Winter-Irving smashed 37 not out from 21 deliveries — including two boundaries and three sixes — to help steer his side to 5-248 in 50 overs.
The quick then took 1-29 from 10 overs to restrict Greenvale to 9-193 and claim victory for his team.
The rising star has 162 runs at 32.4 with the bat and 19 wickets at 21.6 with the ball for Footscray, while also plundering an impressive 61 for the Premier All Stars against a Cricket Victoria Academy team during the season.
Former Karramomus star Josh McDonald celebrated his 100th top flight match for Geelong in style on Saturday, striking four sixes in an innings worth 44 from 39 deliveries.
McDonald did not bat in the rain-affected first day of the contest, but did his best to steer his side close to the 9-270 Camberwell amassed batting first.
His team eventually fell 14 runs short of the target though, despite eight players reaching double figures.
Former Katandra player Daniel Sartori helped his Monash Tigers to victory against Frankston, scoring 48 in the successful chase of his opponent’s score of 6-209.
In second grade, Tyler Larkin’s 49 was not enough to give Geelong victory over Camberwell.
The Magpies chased down the former Tiger’s team total of 239 in 56 overs.
Fellow Tiger product Tom Chalkley is enjoying his promotion to Carlton’s second side.
After hitting 45 and taking two wickets in his debut at the higher level before Christmas, Chalkley backed it up with 21 and 1-27 in a six-wicket loss to Fitzroy-Doncaster.
Old Students and Karramomus export James Billington tasted victory for Prahran, but could only manage three runs at the top of the order.
Fellow Bloods product Andrew Poppa was on the wrong side of the ledger for Carlton’s third grade side, making 15 in a seven-wicket defeat.
But the most impressive former local performance came in fourth-grade.
Central Park-St Brendan’s export Brayden Tracey was unstoppable for Carlton, engineering a six-wicket win against Fitzroy-Doncaster.
Tracey finished unbeaten on 109 when the dust settled, hitting six sixes and 15 boundaries in an innings that lasted 111 deliveries.
It was the batsman’s first match in the grade for the season, but the dominance of his knock would surely help him rise up the ranks once more.