Horsham’s Tony Caccaviello was named in the team of the tournament at the Australian Country Cricket Championships at the weekend, after a series of excellent performances at the 10 day tournament in Shepparton.
The former Horsham Saint took 15 wickets at an average of 11.8 in his eight matches, including a five wicket haul against New South Wales last Tuesday.
Victoria finished in second place overall and runners-up in the one-day competition after losing in the grand final against Western Australia.
Caccaviello took three wickets for 28 runs from his ten overs in the final in another great bowling performance to finish the tournament. Victoria held Western Australia to 188 in the first innings but could not chase down the total with the bat, finishing all out on 119.
Caccaviello said he was overjoyed by the entire week.
“I’m super pumped, it's just awesome. I’m still on cloud nine,” he said.
“I had an awesome couple of weeks playing with great blokes and really talented cricketers.
“I’ve learnt so much about my cricket over the 10 days.
“I was bowling the same way I have been all year over the last two weeks, but I haven’t had that much success this season. I just happened to pick up a few wickets this time.
“Cricket is a funny game like that.”
Despite Victoria’s disappointing result in the one-day final, Caccaviello was pleased with the team’s performance at the championships.
“We finished second overall which, obviously everyone wants to win, but second was a pretty good result for us,” he said. “I thought we did a great job in the final against Western Australia. We bowled really well.
“They won the overall champs and were a very good team, but I thought we did a great job.
“We just lost a couple of wickets in clumps and the scoreboard pressure got to us.”
After playing eight matches across 10 days, Caccaviello rushed home after the tournament on Saturday to play a league fixture in the Geelong Cricket Association.
He said he was certainly ready for a rest after an intense period of cricket.
“I’m very stiff and sore,” he said. “Pretty tired but very happy with how I bowled.
“I’m heading home now and am very keen to relax for a few days.”