Andrew Vine, who started his cricketing career at the Carisbrook Cricket Club as a teenager, made his Victorian Premier League (VPL) debut last weekend.
Thirteen years ago, Vine could be seen opening for Carisbrook’s A grade side at the age of 14, now at 27 the talented all-rounder has made the climb from the Geelong Cricket Club’s fours side, into the firsts to play against the best in the state in the VPL.
The VPL is governed by Cricket Victoria and consists of 18 teams full of the state’s best cricketers.
The best players within the VPL are often selected by the state team, the Victorian Bushrangers, to play at first-class level.
Vine said after three years with Geelong the call up to the firsts for last weekend’s game with Essendon was an honour.
“It’s something that everyone that plays in the VPL strives to do, to play first level cricket. Having been there for three seasons, you have to do an apprenticeship in a way,” Vine said.
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