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.


Hawthorn and Carlton VFL/AFL legend and ambassador David Parkin said “It is great to see a sporting association giving back to the community and, in particular, promoting awareness of this disease. “As a person who has been impacted by prostate cancer, anything we can do to promote the importance of men getting checked at the right time can save lives and prevent hardship for family and friends.”Veterans Cricket Victoria supported the PIZZA WITH PARKO Prostate Awareness Night at Colombos Restaurant on November 15. Hosted by the Eastern Cricket Association with a panel of David Parkin, Peter Bedford and Don Scott, all the speakers highlighted the increasing risk of prostate cancer for mature aged men and stressed the importance of good diet, regular exercise and check-ups.

Moneys raised from the evening went to the Prostate Cancer Awareness Foundation.


Victoria completed a virtual clean sweep in all divisions at the 12th Australian O60s Cricket Championships in Canberra. The Vic I side led by Trevor Saker  defended the Jack Hammer Division 1 trophy they won in Perth last year by beating the Vic2 side  by 2 runs in a nail biting finish.

The Vic 3 side led by Ian Gibson romped to victory over New Zealand in Division 2, the Vic 4s were joint winners with Queensland of the Brendan Lyons trophy in Division 3 while the Vic 7s shared the spoils with NSW in Division 4. Planning has begun for the 2018 Over 60s Championships with Victoria expected to field 7 teams in Penrith NSW in November.


   Worlds Oldest Cricket XI

Victorian veteran cricketers (average ages 79 & 75 years) defied father time to do battle in the world’s oldest cricket match to be submitted for official ratification by the Guinness Book of Records. It was a day of celebration for Victoria’s elder statesmen when 2 teams (average ages 78.91 & 74.83) went into battle in an officially sanctioned game for the Guinness Book of Records.

Played at Narre Warren Nth on November 19 in front of a big crowd filmed by Channel 9, the game showed why Victoria leads the world in veterans cricket. Recognised as the birthplace of veterans cricket, it was appropriate the match included 6 players from the world’s first game of O60s cricket in 2003.

Skippered by Rex Thompson and Ian Wilson and with umpires and scorers all over 70 years of age, the match was testimony to the great joy the game of cricket offers all ages.

Victory @ 2017 O70s Aussie Champs

November Victoria under skipper Arthur Pritchard beat Queensland in a nail biting finish to win the Doug Turbill trophy at the 2017 O70s Australian Championships. With all hope of victory gone, Pritchard brought himself on to bowl taking 4 wickets for 9 runs. With John Costello grabbing the final wicket LBW, Queensland were dismissed 3 runs short. 

October In a captivating address to club delegates, Dr Bernie Crimmins emphasised the importance of a good diet, exercise and regular check-ups for mature aged cricketers. Veterans Cricket Victoria bought copies of his 2 books on men’s health @ $7.50 per book for distribution to clubs.

The meeting adopted all the recommendations of Veteran Cricket Victoria’s OH & S officer Ray Matters. Member clubs are required to provide a Medical Emergency Response Plan with details of the nearest hospital, doctor and dentist along with the location of a defibrillator and first aid equipment. The information template to be inserted on the inside of club scorebooks.