GEELONG CAPTAIN EAMONN VINES TO DEBUT IN VICTORIAN TEAM AGAINST SOUTH AUSTRALIA - SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2
GEELONG CAPTAIN EAMONN VINES TO DEBUT IN VICTORIAN TEAM AGAINST SOUTH AUSTRALIA - SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2017-18
GEELONG captain Eamonn Vines will make his long-awaited Sheffield Shield debut when the Bushrangers face South Australia from Wednesday.
Vines will slot in at the coveted No. 3, the same position he has batted the majority of this Premier Cricket season at Geelong, where he has belted 749 runs at 83.2.
On Saturday, he produced an important 46, helping the Cats to a thrilling Premier win over Ringwood to enhance his side’s finals hopes.
But they will be without Vines for this Saturday’s bumper clash with Essendon, as he represents the Bushrangers in the four-day match at Adelaide Oval.
“They’ve picked me to bat three, which is exciting,” Vines told the Geelong Advertiser.
“I found out last Wednesday. (Chairman of selectors) Andrew Lynch gave me a call and just let me know I’m not playing in the Futures game, which would have been Monday (today), but I’m flying to Adelaide to play against South Australia.
“It’s a dream come true. Everyone that grows up in Victoria and loves their cricket dreams of playing for Victoria and put on the baggy blue.
“To play with such good cricketers and play for a team that’s won the last three Sheffield Shield titles, I’m pretty stoked to be picked and play among some really good cricketers.
“I’m just hoping to perform, play my role for the team and hopefully get the win.”
Geelong captain Eamonn Vines. Picture: Lawrence Pinder
Vines will effectively take the place of Glenn Maxwell, who is on national duty for Australia’s Twenty20 team. Maxwell made 95 at No. 3 against Western Australia in Victoria’s most recent Sheffield Shield game in December.
Aaron Finch, currently nursing a hamstring injury that has kept him out of recent Australian matches, also played that Shield match, prompting the Vics to search for batting reinforcement.
Having endured a busy few months of cricket — which has included being 12th man for the Bushrangers, playing Futures League cricket and juggling one-day and two-day cricket with the Cats — Vines is looking forward to a more settled finish to the summer.
“Probably the hardest part is the preparation side of things,” he said.
“I’ve changed formats a few times and changed sides and batted in different positions ... but I’ve got a pretty good group around me of coaches, at Geelong and Victoria, that help support and guide you and make sure whatever game is coming up you’re ready to perform.”
DAMIEN RACTLIFFE, Geelong Advertiser
February 5, 2018 5:00am