INAUGURAL OVER 60S WORLD CUP ON THE SUNSHINE COAST CANCELLED
The Veterans Cricket fraternity was devastated by the cancellation of the inaugural Over 60s World Cup in October. The World Cup would have seen the Best of the Best veteran cricketers from 10 Countries going head to head for 2 weeks and for the winner – World No:1 ranking. The Over 60s World Cup would have coincided with the staging of the T20 World Cup in Australia. Plans for a rescheduling of the Over 60s World Cup are up in the air as we await direction about the resumption of community sport in Australia. For updates as they occur … Over 60s World Cup 2020
CORONA VIRUS ENDS OVER 50S WORLD CUP
With uncertainty about the timetable for the resumption of cricket, officials decided to re-scheduled the Over 50s World Cup to 2022.The world health crisis caused by the COVID 19 virus brought an abrupt end to the second World Cup Over 50s Championships in Cape Town in March. Australia – the defending champions – were undefeated when officials announced the abandonment of the tournament after the second round of the 12 team tournament.
AUSTRALIA OVER 70S VICTORS HAMMAN-BAKER ODI
Australia’s Over 70s returned home after a successful tour of New Zealand in March. The 6 match tour saw Australia win 4 games, draw one and were victors in the ODI in Auckland to take home the inaugural Hamman-Baker trophy.
The tour provided a valuable form guide for selectors in picking the squad for the upcoming tour of the UK tour and for the development of New Zealand veterans cricket still in its infancy.
VICS VETS BUSHFIRE APPEAL
Veterans Cricket Victoria is committed to assisting bushfire relief efforts to get communities back on their feet as soon as possible. As part of that commitment, Veterans Cricket Victoria donated $1,500 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. The veterans cricket fraternity has been devastated by the impact bushfires has had on communities across Victoria and around the country. Our thoughts go to all those affected and to the many volunteers on the frontline.
Veterans Cricket Victoria supported the Lord Taverners – its charity of choice – in a fund raising Dinner on February 20 at Kooyong Tennis Club with Kevin Sheedy and Mike Sheahan on the Couch. All profits went directly to bushfire affected communities.
THE BEST OF THE BEST AT THE CHAMPS
November 2019 saw the Best Of The Best veteran cricketers at the National Championships in all 3 age groups – the O50s (Perth), the O60s (Adelaide) and the O70s (Albury/ Wodonga) with Victoria winning 6 of the 10 titles on offer.
Hot on the heels of the highly successful World Cup, Victoria won the Over 50s Championship for the second time while the VIC 4th took home the Division 3 trophy. While Victoria’s run of 3 consecutive Championship wins in the Over 60s came to an end, the Vic 2 team took home the Division 2 trophy and the Vic 6s were winners in Division 4. In the Over 70s, Victoria lost narrowly to Queensland in Division 1 while the Vic 3s enjoyed a third consecutive win in Division 2 and the Vic 6th won bragging rights in the new Division 3. Congratulations go to the skippers, managers and players who have done Victoria proud.
See President Johnson Report on Veterans Cricket Victoria’s 2019 achievements.