CRICKET: Victoria Hill has won its first cricket match for 1
CRICKET: Victoria Hill has won its first cricket match for 15 years.
But before anyone goes to the Cricket Australia records, it must be pointed out the team is playing in the Warwick Cricket Association for the first time after formerly playing in the Back Plains competition to the early 2000s.
Victoria Hill captain Tony Morris admitted he cried on the pitch such was the excitement to win the game.
"It was a humbling moment for me. My late father was hoping a Victoria Hill team could be reformed one day, he was certainly in favour of it,” Tony said.
"We have built our team around some original Victoria Hill families and some recruits.”
The winning team included five Morris family members, Tony, Joe, Nick, Tom and Jack, Will and Ben Duff as well as Harry Shooter, Scott McLennan, Liam Duncan and Brodie Frizzell. Harry's uncle Keith Shooter played for Victoria Hill in Back Plains cricket.
The top-two batsmen in Sunday's win are related to two of the greats of Victoria Hill cricket, Len Morris and Malcolm Duff.
Nick Morris made 66 not out in a winning score of 4-137 in reply to Wheatvale's innings of 122. He is a grandson of classy opening batsman, the late Len Morris.
Will Duff is the son of Queensland Country batsman Malcolm Duff and he was second best with the bat with 18.
Nick can't take all of the credit for the Victoria Hill win, his brother Joe took 6-8 with the ball, one of the best bowling spells in Condamine Cup cricket in the past five years.
Carter Bilbrough stood out for Wheatvale with 67 and was well supported by young batsman Lachlan Boal who made 18. With the ball, Thomas Fern took 2-12 for Wheatvale.
Victoria Hill 4/137 (Nick Morris 66no, W.Duff 18, Thomas Fern 2-12, Jared Fearby 1-20) d Wheatvale 122 (Carter Bilbrough 67, Lachlan Boal 18, Joe Morris 6-8, Brodie Frizell 1-11).