CRICKET Albury-Wodonga chairman Michael Erdeljac yesterday fired a parting shot at the Victorian Country Cricket League, and his association’s move to bypass Melbourne Country Week.
Erdeljac said CAW was happy with its representative campaigns in the SCG Cup and Konica-Minolta Cup and had no regrets about bypassing next month’s series.
“We decided to play in the Konica and SCG cups because Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT look to the future,” Erdeljac said. “They give something back to the associations.
“It’s not like the VCCL that apparently thinks it’s all about them.
“Country Week is not as good a cricket as it used to be.
“I’m over it. It’s run by guys who sit in a room and think it’s about them.”
CAW has struggled to take competitive teams to Melbourne and has dropped to lowly division four.
Erdeljac said the expense turned off many players.
“Last year we stayed five nights and what did we get out of it?” he said.
“Compare that to playing on the SCG last year and Manuka Oval on Sunday.”
After losing the final of the SCG Cup last year and taking out the Konica-Minolta Cup, Erdeljac said it was always going to be a hard act to follow this season.
CAW made the quarter-finals of the SCG cup before losing to Tamworth and lost Sunday’s Konica-Minolta final to Western District University of Canberra by 42 runs.
“It was successful but not as good as last year,” he said.
“You won’t have a rep season too often where you win 20 out of 22.
“Last year was always going to be hard to top.”
Country Week will run from February 17 to 21 with Wangaratta and District and Benalla to take part.