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Ken Jacobs
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In the lead up to the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup there were two "warm up " matches played in regional Victoria at Bendigo and Benalla.

The first match at Bendigo was a three-day fixture between Victoria and Pakistan and ended in a draw but there were some fine performances from players of both sides.

One of interest was that of Victorian wicketkeeper Darren Berry who made 49 in Victoria's second innings and snared eight victims behind the stumps including what I imagine to be quite unusual in stumping the great Wasim Akram in both innings off the same bowler left arm spinner Paul Jackson.

The second match at Benalla was a one day match between Victoria and India , won by Victoria by 33 runs.

This match also featured a number of big names in Australian and Indian cricket and two giants of the sport who were still in the relatively early stages of their careers in Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar.

Interestingly it was that man again Darren Berry who featured in the dismissal of Tendulkar with another beautiful stumping off his great friend in Warne but not before Tendulkar had top scored for India with 59.

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I was part of the organising committee for the Benalla game, led by the legendary Keith Sherwill and the Benalla & District Cricket Association. My lasting thought of this game was Darren Lehmann’s batting and his ability to hit the ball into gaps in the field. And to think two of crickets greatest ever players in Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar played in the game.
The venue for the game, the Benalla Gardens Oval, is one of the best grounds in country Victoria. The ground has hosted numerous international teams including England in 1937, South Africa in 1964 and the all conquering West Indies in 1984.
Thanks for posting Ken

Spot on Trevor re the legendary Keith " welcome to the north east" Sherwill,
Unfortunately I don't think we will ever see matches like this again unfortunately in regional areas.

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