NO DECISIVE WINNER IN VICTORIA V STH AUSTRALIA SERIES
The title of Australia’s No:1 Veterans Cricket State was at stake when for the first time Victoria played South Australia in Adelaide at Bradmans old club (Kensington) in all 3 age groups. In inclement weather, the day saw South Australia decisive winners in the O50s, a historic tie in the O60s and a comfortable win to the Vics in the O70s.
Victorian teams against South Australia in Adelaide on February 12:
Vic Over 50s: David BELL, Bill BLAIR, David BOOTH, Nick BOLE-BROWN, Craig GISLINGHAM, Glenn LYONS, Rohan PIKE, Brendan RICCI (capt), David ROACH, Jason SIMMONDS, Darren SINGLETON & Ken TROLLOPE.
Vic Over 60s: David CORDY, Phil HICKLETON, Barry HOPPER, Kevin LANIGAN, Paul McDONALD, Michael REIDY, Peter ROBERTSON, Trevor SAKER (capt), Ray SMITH, Wayne STOKES, Dale THORNTON & Graeme WILSON
Vic Over 70s: Robin COURT, Bill DOBSON (manager), John GRAHAM, Ian HAMMET, David HOPPER, Greg JOHNSON, Ron KASPUTTIS, Ron LOVELL, Wavell McPHERSON, John PORTER, Arthur PRITCHARD (capt) & Brian TREWIN
AUST O70s SILVER ASHES TOUR 2018
Defending the Silver Ashes, Australia played 13 games (10 Counties and 3 ODIs) in the 2018 tour of England and Wales. The Aussies won all but one game against County sides before losing 2/1 to England in the ODIs and surrendering the Silver Ashes See full tour report
EXOTIC CRICKET TOURISTS BACK DOWN UNDER
VCVs Exotic Cricketers and partners returned home after yet another successful tour, this time to China and Japan. The cricket and off field adventures ensure a tour long remembered. Dubbed the Braidner Brethren, the cricket missionaries (average age 69.5) played 8 games on tour which included a win over the Hong Kong C.C and last ball tie against a Japanese XI in Yokohama with Mt Fuji as the backdrop.
Feted wherever they went, the highlights included the after the game merriment and speeches presentations of original artwork by renowned Australia artist Trish Best. A most memorable experience was when the tourists combined with the Japanese Women’s in 2 teams playing each other in Sano – Cricket Japan HQ. Testimony that cricket knows no borders, the wonderful spirit and camaraderie of the game is something neither side will forget. For more Cricket speaks all languages
VICS WIN INAUGURAL AUSTRALIAN OVER 50S CHAMPS
Victoria Blues defeated Queensland Burge in the final to win the Division 1 Kingsgrove Sports trophy at the inaugural O50s Australian Cricket Championships at Orange NSW over Easter. Victoria fielded 5 teams at the Championships. See Peter White’s report
As well taking out the Kingsgrove Sports Division 1 trophy, Victorian teams finished 2nd, third and 5th in Division 2, showing the great depth of talent in Veterans Cricket Victoria. For more highlights. Over 220 players from all States competed over 4 days of the round robin tournament. The next O50s Championships are scheduled in Brisbane in October 2018 with international games on the horizon. See Results
VCV ECHUCA CARNIVAL 2018 … BEST EVER
Geelong can lay claim to the title as Victoria’s premier veterans cricket team (O60s) for season 2017-18. At the end of season Echuca Carnival (March 18 – 22), Geelong won the VCV club competition only to lower their colours against the Supplements (comprised of players from several different clubs) in a subsequent play-off. Yarra Valley – the winner in Division 2 – is eligible for promotion to the top grade in 2019.This was the fifth year of the carnival that saw 14 Victorian 3 interstate teams competing for bragging rights in what’s described as an unforgettable week of fun and frivolity.The Echuca Carnival just gets bigger and bigger every year and is now attracting overseas interest. Run by Veterans Cricket Victoria in association with the Murray Goulburn CricketAssociation, the 2018 VCV Echuca Carnival captures the essence of what veterans cricket is all about. For results see MyCricket
VIC OVER 50S DEBUT SEASON FINALS ACTION
In the first season of the Veterans Cricket Victoria Over 50s competition, underdogs East Ringwood and Koonung Heights toppled ladder leaders Wonga Park and Canterbury in the semis to win their way into the Grand Final. In a nail biting final decided that was decided in the penultimate over, fourth placed East Ringwood defeated Koonung Heights to win the coveted Saxon Shield.
AUSSIES O70s ASHES TRIUMPH
A decisive victory in the 5th ODI saw the Australian O70s win the series 3-0 against England in the Battle for the Silver Ashes. After a nail biter the first ODI in Adelaide, the Aussies followed up with a stunning victory in the second at Kardinia Park Geelong. Two wash-outs saw the Aussies acclaimed the winners of the Silver Ashes sealed with an emphatic victory in the final game of the series.
Astute captaincy and tight bowling saw an undermanned England constantly under pressure throughout the series. In a team of great contributors, none was more outstanding than Queenslander Ian Petherick who made a century in the final ODI and remained undefeated in the series. See Arthur Pritchard Team Tribute.
The battle for the O70s Silver Ashes resumes in England in July and August.
PRESIDENT JOHNSON IN NEW YEARS HONOURS LIST
Cricket Victoria recognised Veteran Cricket Victoria’s President Greg Johnson’s lifetime of service to cricket in its New Years Honours list. His great contribution to the game was acknowledged by Cricket Victoria with its Services To Cricket award presented by Simon O’Donnell at a ceremony during the Boxing Day Test.
Pictured here with O’Donnell and Cricket Victoria Chairman Russell Thomas.