A star Horsham Cricket Association duo ensured bragging rights remained in the west when country Victoria's best cricketers convened at the weekend.
Noradjuha-Toolondo's Tony Caccaviello and West Wimmera's Nathan Alexander played leading roles in West Country's two-wicket win at Victoria's home of cricket, Junction Oval.
Caccaviello bowled seven wicketless overs in unfavourable conditions, conceding only 31 runs.
"I love playing representative cricket and testing myself against the best," Caccaviello said.
"The big one (with bowling) is you've got to be a lot more disciplined. The margins for error are a lot smaller.
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"Anything on the stumps in this sort of competition goes for four. You've got to bowl that good line.
"(At this level) you're not really quick enough to trouble anyone. You bowl short you get hit. You bowl full you get hit.
"It is a different type of bowling, but it's great. I love it."
Alexander was luckless with the ball, but smoked an unbeaten 45 to edge West Country home with three overs to spare.
"Nathan batted really well. He ran twos as well as anyone I've seen in country (Victoria)," Caccaviello said.
"We were in strife and Nathan was awesome.
"It was a good wicket to bat on with a big, fast outfield. It was hard to protect, but you've still got to make the runs."
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Caccaviello and Alexander's sides will meet each other this weekend, before the two pull on HCA's colours for a representative match against Warrnambool later this month.
"The best thing about playing rep cricket with people in your association is all of a sudden you're teammates," Caccaviello said.
"You learn a bit of each other and then on a regular Saturday you're back to competing against each other."
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