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George Howell Shield

On 8 November 2017 the Victoria Police Cricket Club (VPCC) travelled to Assumption College at Kilmore to play the annual George Howell Shield. Constable George Howell was murdered whilst attempting to arrest a car thief in Caulfield in 1952.

The VPCC batted first on the beautiful Kilmore wicket with the top score of 74 made by Tristan KASSIS off 56 balls. Also of note, playing in his first game Kasun Suriaratchie opened aggressively scoring 33 in 19 balls.

With a competitive score of 6/243 from 40 overs on the board, the VPCC were confident of a win. Opening batsman Lachlan MITCHELL had other ideas and batted with great patience and skill, scoring 109 and looked in control when he was run out with the score on 199. From that point, tight bowling and fielding gave VPCC the advantage in the end winning by 7 runs. Best of the bowlers for the VPCC were Braden HICKEY with 2/33 from 6 overs and Tristan KASSIS with 2/48 from 7 overs.

The day had additional meaning for the VPCC with the presentation of the Trevor Saker Medal, awarded to the best afield for the Police team. The award recognises the contributions of Trevor and the wider Saker family to the success of the VPCC. Trevor was on hand to play in the match (as he has done since 2007) and to present the award to Tristan KASSIS for his contribution with both bat and ball.

Also on hand to award the Blue Ribbon Medal for the overall Man of the Match was former Chief Superintendent, Brian Harding, who was involved in the establishment of the George Howell Shield match in 1952.

This year is the 65th anniversary of the death of Constable George Howell and this event is supported by the Blue Ribbon Foundation and Police Legacy.

The next VPCC match will be on 10 December 2017 at Central Reserve Glen Waverley against the Australian Federal Police. Additionally, there will be a coaching clinic and information day for the VPCC Women’s team starting at 10am and all are welcome. The VPCC has secured funding from Vic Health for uniforms and equipment and any interested staff are encouraged to contact Kieran Rodgers or Steven Oates at VPCC@police.vic.gov.au

Chief Superintendent, Brian Harding                          Tristan Kassis & Trevor Saker