2018

AUSSIES TRIUMPH AT O50S WORLD CUP    

After both going through the preliminary rounds undefeated, Australia and Pakistan were favorites to meet in the Final of the Over 50s World Cup. In the semi-final the Aussies survived a last over scare against a gallant New Zealand while it took Pakistan until the penultimate over to beat England in the other Semi. The Final was no less riveting. In a nail biting finish Australia beat Pakistan in the last over. Pakistan with 2 ex Test players were confident of  passing Australia’s modest innings total of 165. At 9/94 in reply, any hope of winning had long gone before a last wicket stand of 68 saw Pakistan falling just 3 runs short of victory. 

The tournament kicked off on November 21 with Australia, England, Sth Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Wales and New Zealand competing in a round robin tournament over a two week period that culminated in the Final on December 5.

Victoria had 3 members in the World Cup team – Bill Blair, Craig Gislingham and Darren Hill.  Other members of the squad were Greg Briggs (NSW), Gavin Brown (QLD), Anthony Clark (NSW), Stephen Gollan (WA), Rowan Harry (NSW), Warwick Hayes (NSW), Brad Mant (WA), Todd O’Keefe (NSW), Trent Ryan (QLD), Joe Santostefano (WA), Tim Sargent (SA), John Short (NSW), Darren Smith (NSW), Peter Solway (ACT), (CAPT), Stuart Crisp (NSW), Andrew Knight (QLD) and Paul Nemes (ACT).

For results of all games see MyCricket

VICS THREE-PEAT AT THE AUSTRALIAN O60S CHAMPS 

Victoria triumphed at the 2018 Australian O60s Cricket Championships in Penrith in November. The Vics had 7 teams at the Championships, the most of any State. The Vic I side led by Trevor Saker defended the John Hammer Division 1 trophy they won in Canberra last year beating NSW Blues in the final.  Victoria has won the last 3 Division 1 titles at the Championships cementing its place as Australia’s premier veterans cricket State. Trevor Saker Report

Victorian teams performed well in all 4 divisions at the Championships. The Vic 6th team were runners up to New South Wales Greys in the final for the Horlin Smith trophy.

VIC VETS STAR IN HISTORIC FILM RE-ENACTMENT

Victoria’s veteran cricketers starred in a Channel 7 promo of their Boxing Day Test coverage. Veteran cricket’s finest talent were cast in a film re-enactment of a game MCC and future Australian skipper Warwick Armstrong played at Walhalla back in 1907. The Big Ship bet he could hit a ball from the Walhalla cricket ground on to the roof of the Star Hotel down in the town below. Legend has it Armstrong was thwarted when local miner Dick Merrington climbed a tree to catch the ball.  

One hundred and eleven years later and in front of a big crowd, veteran cricketers tried valiantly to go one better than Armstrong. Modern cricket bats saw big hitting and plenty of sixes, all falling short of the Star Hotel.

Veteran Cricket Victoria funded and laid the pitch for the game in support of the Walhalla community to attract cricket lovers everywhere to play a game at one of the worlds most unique cricket grounds. The game in collaboration with the Walhalla Heritage and Development League acknowledged the great contributors to veterans cricket in the past 12 years. The celebration with a game of cricket at an iconic location is set to become an annual event. Walhalla’s MCG 

VICS GEARING UP FOR NEW SEASON

The VICS with their PLAY CRICKET HERE campaign were leaving no stone unturned in their bid to reclaim the title of Australia’s No:1 veterans cricket State. Winter cricket was a winner with more than 50 players donning the whites on Wednesdays right through winter. With the Australian O50s and O70s Championships behind them, the VICS focussed on defending the O60s title they won in Canberra in 2017 fielded 7 teams at the 2018 Championships in Penrith NSW starting November 11.

The VICS regular 16 game Over 60s season kicked off on October 7 with 3 new clubs. In just its second year of competition, Peter White reported 36 clubs competed in four divisions of the Over 50s. And for the first time, Veterans Cricket Victoria fixtured games for the Over 70s in season 2018-19. See VCV 2018-19 Fixture 

Veteran cricketers are encouraged to avail themselves of many opportunities to practice at venues organised by VCV and member clubs. Our latest sponsor Saxon Sports boasts Australia’s best indoor cricket training facilities.

 VICS  SURRENDER TITLES AT AUSSIE CHAMPS 

Victoria – defending champions in the O50s and O70s champions – surrendered both titles at the recent Australian Championships. Victoria fielded 5 teams at the O70s Championships on the Sunshine Coast in September when the Vics lost the title to Queensland. Victoria had 3 teams at the scaled down O50s Championships in Brisbane in October. In just the second year of the stand-alone Championships, Queensland defeated NSW in the final.

The talk of the Championship was undoubtedly Victorian Darren Hill’s swashbuckling innings of 159 off just 78 balls. The best players from the O50s Championship are vying for selection in the team to represent Australia at the inaugural World O50s Championships in Sydney this December. 

CRICKET’S BATTLE OF THE SEXES

Cricket’s answer to the infamous Bobby Riggs versus Billy-Jean King Battle of the Sexes saw reigning  women’s Premier Grade club Box Hill take on a team of over 60s men’s veterans at Yarrawonga on September 15.

The women versus men format match between an elite women’s team and 11 grandfathers, nicknamed the Country Poppies is believed to be a world first.

Box Hill were holding a pre-season training camp in Yarrawonga and were looking for match practice on a turf wicket.While not the same level of competitiveness as a Premier Grade game, both sides were looking for “bragging rights”. 

Besides helping Box Hill to prepare for the coming season, it was an opportunity to promote Veterans cricket in Victoria said local organiser Peter Jacobsen. Veterans cricket is all about staying fit and healthy and playing the game they love despite advancing years. And who won? … no-one’s is saying but “cricket was the winner”.  

Veterans cricket is now played by the over 50s, 60s and 70s – in metropolitan and country Victoria. Besides a regular club season, there’s the chance to play for Victoria at National Championships and for the Best Of The Best to don the Baggy Green and play in an Ashes Series. 

   AUSSIE O70S DOWN IN BATTLE FOR SILVER ASHES 

Australia won the toss and invited England to bat on a good wicket for the 3rd ODI and series decider at the Sutton Cricket ground in Surrey. Two dropped catches saw the England openers on 83 before Phil Smith got a breakthrough with the vital wicket of the England captain Mickey Swain. The home team continued to score briskly until Tom Wood broke through with two wickets in the 31st over. All bowlers toiled hard but without success until the 46th over with Ron Kasputtis picking up two much needed wickets. At the compulsory closure of innings after 50 overs England were 5/ 251.

Requiring 5 an over to retain the Silver Ashes, Australia was on the backfoot right from the start with a controversial first over LBW that saw Tom Wood back in the pavilion. With John Stackpoole caught soon after Australia was staring down the barrel at 2/24.  

An outstanding 126 run partnership between skipper Ian Petherick and Alan Reid revived hopes of victory before Reid was stumped making 56 (in 65 balls) and Australia 3/150. A brilliant century off 121 balls by Ian Petherick saw Australia 3/188 compared with Englands 4/181 at the same 40 over mark. When Stirling Hamman was adjudged LBW, Tim Spear was run out going for a second run and Roger Edmunds caught going for the bit hit, Australia needed 29 runs off the last 3 overs for victory. With Ian Petherick at the crease and 5 to win in the last over, hopes of victory were dashed when he was caught in the deep for a magnificent innings of 140. Two dots and a last ball catch on the boundary saw Australia fall short by 4 runs.

Despite surrendering the Silver Ashes, the 2018 O70s Tour managed by Lindsay Fisher was a magnificent series and a wonderful tour enjoyed by all. See Tour Reports 

EXOTIC CRICKET TOURISTS BACK DOWN UNDER

VCVs Exotic Cricketers and partners have returned home after yet another successful tour, this time to China and Japan. The cricket and off field adventures ensure it will be 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 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 can be 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 Cricket Association, the 2018 VCV Echuca Carnival captures the essence of what veterans cricket is all about. For results see MyCricket

VIC O50s IN 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 in the penultimate over, fourth  placed East Ringwood took out the honours to win the inaugural Saxon Shield. 

The B Grade legends saw Box Hill Nth Super Kings triumph over Monash while Deakin defeated Forest Hill in the C Grade Legends Final. For full results including Finals see MyCricket and for a wrap up of the 2017-18 season Peter White O50s 2018-18 Season Review