2018/19 VCV O50s Newsletter #7

With only 7 games a season, it was disappointing to lose Round 7 to weather, but unfortunately cricket has and always will be, totally reliant on weather conditions, whether it be rain or heat and there are always winners and losers for final ladder positions. That said, last Sunday saw a great round of semi-finals. 

Saxon Shield

Undefeated Wonga Park has led from go to whoa and went in hot favourites against Endeavour Hills who in their first season blooded an impressive 26 players over their 6 matches. Winning the toss and batting, Mark Nelson (16) and Glenn Weaver (22) got Endeavour Hills off to a solid start putting on 44 for the 1st wicket before Warren Ashby broke the partnership sending both back to the sheds at that score. Richard Saniga (16) put up some stout resistance but it was a steady fall of wickets with Endeavour Hills ending up 86 all out. Wonga Park bowlers shared the wickets with Peter Clarke, Warrick Dickson and Alex Pearce all getting a brace for little runs.

Asmarjeet Channa raised hopes with an early scalp when Wonga Park batted but with such a small target it was always going to be a mammoth task especially with Tony Harvey propping up one end for a back to back retirement 41*.

In the other semi, last seasons Premier East Ringwood ventured down the highway again to take on Geelong. Ged Wright called right and sent Geelong in to face the experienced opening attack of Glenn Lyons and Daren Singleton. The early loss of Captain David Roach was a big early blow but Joe Garipoli (41*) and Craig Gislingham (33) combined for a quick 60 run partnership to have Geelong on top. The stage was set for an East Ringwood hero and it came in the guise of skipper Ged Wright who despite being wicketless since Rd 1, mesmerised the Geelong batsman apart from Darren Hill (44*) finishing with the excellent figures of 5 / 16 skittling Geelong for 149 a disappointing return.

That was always going to be hard to defend and whilst Paul Summers and Gislingham toiled manfully with the ball, Randal McDonnell (42*), Peter Dans (39) and 20s to Chris McCartin and Steve Oluc, it was a bridge too far and East Ringwood have put themselves into the race for back-to-back flags with an excellent win.

GRAND FINAL :    Wonga Park v East Ringwood – Wonga Park 1

Sunday 24th February (Reserve Day Sunday 3rd March)

B Grade

Coburg entered the finals race undefeated when they hosted Mitcham Black at historic Coburg City Oval. Coburg asked Mitcham to take first strike and on a wicket keeping low, Wayne Rowland (3 / 11) and club legend Bill Slattery (2 / 22) did the early damage and Mitcham slumped to a disastrous 5 / 21. It was left up to elder statesman Francis McCann (42*) to conjure up past glories and with a supporting role by Ross Collins (14) to try and post something decent to defend. Bill Blair had other ideas chipping in with 2 wickets and Mitchams final score of 119 had there backs against the wall.

In reply Mitchams bowlers gave their all but Coburgs batsmen were always on top led by twin 41s from Leigh Shellie and Glenn Earl and an all round effort of 26 from Bill Slattery that saw Coburg breeze home with 9 overs up their sleeve.

Deakin went into their semi against Monash as firm favourites following their emphatic 8 wicket win last time the two met earlier in the season. Leroy de Alwis called right and sent Monash in to bat. Openers Paul Rapson (41*) and Rodney Tredoux got Monash off to a solid 54 for the 1st wicket before Maliq Deane snared 2 quick wickets and the game was evenly poised. Excellent batting from keeper David Hamilton (41*) and Mark Goldsmith (19) helped Monash to post a respectable 4 / 163cc.

Deakins run chase could hardly have got off to a worse start with both openers back in the pavilion with only 3 runs to show for their efforts. Rayne Baptiste (40*) and Peter May (40*) clawed Deakin back into the contest with an excellent fighting 81 run partnership and with a solid 24 from Tyrol Illanakoon, nails were being chewed down to the quick. In the end Deakin ran short of overs finishing a tantalising 10 runs short of Monash’s total in what was a hard fought and spirited semi-final.

GRAND FINAL:  Coburg v Monash – Coburg City Oval

C Grade

After winning their last 4 games, including one against the previously undefeated Yarra Valley, it was a confident Mont Albert who travelled to Belmont to play C Grade powerhouse Geelong. Mont’s Michael Massey sent Geelong into bat and then celebrated his decision by bowling opening bat Mark Sanders for the perfect start. No matter how hard the Mont Albert bowlers and fielders toiled, the Geelong batsmen all got decent starts and battled their way to a respectable target of 6/171cc. Nigel Allsop (34) and Rob Bell (26) top scored for Geelong with Wayne Hawkins (2 / 7) the standout for Mont Albert.

In reply the Mont Albert chase was never allowed to gain any momentum especially against the immaculate line and length of Rob Birch (3 / 9) and Owen Brew (2 / 18). For Mont Albert Wayne Hawkins (42*) had a superb all-round match and while cameos from Henk Van Kruining (25) and Andy Youren (17) raised hopes the innings closed still 35 runs adrift.

Yarra Valley hosted 3rd place Eley Park who had had a competitive debut O50 season. The Parkers won the toss and batted finding themselves in early strife as the Valley bowlers struck to have them at 3 / 11. The fightback came from Michael Jago (40*) and John Verde (15) and the score finally started to climb but it was very slow going against an accurate attack and some spirited fielding. A determined Peter Cutter (24*) was left stranded as the Parkers innings closed at 7 / 120cc, a tough score to defend.

The writing was on the wall early as opener Bryan Horner (40*) continued his fine season form and formed the spine of the Yarra Valley innings. All that was needed were a couple of mid range support roles and they came from Glenn Thompson (17), Rat Turner (15) and captain Rick Bean (15) who easily saw the Valley home comfortably with 7 overs to spare.

GRAND FINAL :    Geelong v Yarra Valley – Winter Reserve 1, Belmont

D Grade

Travelling to Alphington Park to take on undefeated Northcote Utd was a daunting task for an Eley Park team hoping their experience and impressive finals record in vets cricket would hold them in good stead to see them through to yet another Grand Final meeting. Electing to bat, Darren Bookluck (40*) and John Morgan (11) got Eley Park off to a promising start but the introduction of Rob Legreca (3 / 9) and James Ring (3 / 19) into the attack completely changed the tenor of the match, closing the innings at only 75 runs, an almost impossible task to defend.

Any thoughts of a miracle were quickly put to rest as Andy Terpou (40*) dug himself in at one end blunting the Eley Park attack and setting up an emphatic win for his team as Northcote Utd coasted home with 20 overs still to bowl.

Sunbury-Macedon Ranges ventured down the highway to do battle with West Ivanhoe and what a match this turned out to be. Winning the toss and electing to bat, Sunburys innings was off to the perfect start with both openers Barry Mann (41*) and Russ Bott (41*) taking toll of the bowling. Following their retirements, Russ Matchett (31) and Jamie Walker (24) continued to turn the screws, before late hitting from Michael Graham (33*) and Peter Dudderidge (21*) closed the innings out at a great 4 / 206cc easily the best 1st innings score of the day.

If West Ivanhoe were intimidated by the task before them, it certainly did not show as Gavin Low (30) and John Utting (20) got the innings off with a 45 run partnership, but at 2 / 57 the match was there for Sunbury to  close out. This all changed however as David Dillon (41*), Darren Jones (40*) and Jamie Webb (36*) set about the bowling giving West Ivanhoe their best ever victory with 3 overs up their sleeves. 414 runs, 4 retirements and 7 wickets lost on the day – who was it who said Veterans Cricket is slow and boring old farts tapping the ball back to the bowlers. 

Both teams were winners on the day.

GRAND FINAL:   Northcote Utd  v West Ivanhoe – Alphington Park

2018/19 VCV O50s Newsletter #6

Welcome back to all players after the Xmas break. I hope that Santa brought you all the presents you wanted and that you are rested up, primed and ready for the run into finals. There is no doubt, that 2018 was a watershed year for Over 50s Cricket in Victoria.  On the local front, we significantly increased the number of teams vying for State titles, Nationally we participated in our first Australian Championships and tasted success in Orange. internationally Australia participated in and won the inaugural World Cup with three Victorians selected in that World Champion side.

Short term, our first priority is to successfully complete our 2nd VCV Season and celebrate 4 new State Champion Teams for the 2018-19 season. Travelling around many of the games over the season, I have been impressed, not only with the standard of play but also with the camaraderie and spirit that I have witnessed and all players need to take a bow for that.

Nationally, we have already gained a reputation with the other States, that we are a force to be reckoned with and I am extremely confident that we will have a very strong presence at the Championships in Perth in November. 

Our biggest challenges in 2019 however will be at home, determining how do we embrace the many fine cricketeers across our country areas. Organisation of city bound competition is a doddle compared with the tyrannies of distance for the country player. I travelled to Korumburra last weekend and experienced first-hand the desire and determination of Gippsland players to be part of the Over 50s evolution.

At the start of the season, I asked clubs to embrace teams from areas as far wide as Sunbury, Hoppers Crossing, Geelong, Northcote, Coburg, Oakleigh and Dandenong and that challenge was accepted. I am certain that in retrospect, the winner here was a giant leap forward in the standard and competitiveness of the competition. In saying this however, I am also very cognizant of the vets player who just wants to play with and against his old buddies or have a game of cricket with a family member or neighbour and just have “fun in the sun”. These players form the spines of our teams and their needs must also be respected. It is a balancing act and I will endeavour to keep you all in the picture with updates over the winter months.

VCV Season Rd 6 results and Ladders

Saxon Shield

Wonga Park again showed why they are flag favourites with an outstanding win away over Upwey-Tecoma who still are struggling with numbers. Other strong results were recorded by reigning champions East Ringwood and Geelong with percentage keeping them apart. Endeavour Hills loss gave Super Kings a big opportunity for finals contention but Koonung Hgts had other ideas finally showing a little of last years form with their first win of the season.

Another 9 x 40+ efforts last round including an excellent 45 (a six off the last ball) by Wonga Parks Russ Hughes. Chris Joseph’s 4/17 was instrumental in Koonungs first win and it was the best bowling figures across all grades on the day.

The Rd 7 clash between the top two teams is a must win for Geelong if they are to host a final whilst East Ringwood home to Upwey will be looking for a strong win to make sure they dont. It is also a must win for Endeavour Hills if they are going to taste finals action and Super Kings will take on a Kew side determined to show they are much better than their Rd 6 effort.

B Grade

Whilst there were 8 retirements across B Grade bowlers broke even with some excellent low run returns headed by 3 /12 by Deakins Neil Curnow. Coburg and Deakin continue to be the front runners in this grade though Canterbury gave Coburg quite a fight on the day falling only a boundary short. Monash’s strong win over Hoppers Crossing has thrown a spanner in the works and Mitcham also made a late surge forward on the ladder.

The same as in A Grade, Rd 7 sees the showdown between the top two ladder sides Coburg and Deakin with both wanting to gain an advantage going into the finals. Monash are in a great position to hold onto 3rd spot whilst Mitcham and Hoppers Crossing will each have one eye on the others result to determine who will round out the final four and winless East Doncaster may well have a say in the final make-up.

C Grade

The bat again dominated the ball in C Grade with a dozen 40+ retirements recorded in Rd 6. Congrats to Geelongs Glen Davey who hit the second perfect 45 on the day and he was soundly backed up by Bellarine Legend Owen Brew who returned 3/7 in a very strong win over finals contender Eley Park. Yarra Valley continued their strong run with a good win against East Burwood and Mont Albert seem to be finding form just at the right time and Lower Eltham kept their percentage and hopes high of a late surge into the four.

A couple of interesting games coming up in Rd 7 and whilst Geelong with a strong percentage look safe on top they will face a Lower Eltham team desperate for the win and they will not be able to lower their guard. Yarra Valley are hovering and they will hope they do as they take on Forest Hill but it is the Eley Park v Croydon Ranges game that could still throw a spanner in the works. Nth Ringwood finally showed last round what a good side they are and whilst I favour their chances against East Burwood, their percentage may well be the difference.

D Grade

How good are this Northcote Utd team, the only undefeated side across all the grades with another strong showing against finals aspirant Sunbury-Macedon Ranges.  West Ivanhoe are also coming home with a wet sail and have 2nd spot tied up. Eley Park with the bye hold onto a spot in the four and Vic Cavaliers win over Canterbury means there are 4 sides on 24 points looking to fill the final 3 spots.

Nth Balwyns Ross Dfty 3/13 and West Ivanhoes Michael Taylor 3/26 had great days out with the ball but the 9 retirements kept the ledger on the bat over ball firmly in the bats favour yet again.

West Ivanhoe will gladly take the bye this week and tie up a home finals hosting along with Northcote. Of the other 3 sides on 24 points, Eley Park appear to be too strong for Canterbury so all eyes will be on the clash’s between Warrandyte v Sunbury and Vic Cavaliers v Nth Balwyn with percentage being very important for all 3 teams.

All the best to all players for Rd 7

Peter White

2018/19 VCV O50s December Newsletter 

Saxon Shield

Wonga Park have strongly defended their top of the ladder position and look like going into the Xmas break undefeated unless Super Kings at home can turn in one of the performances they are well capable of. Endeavour Hills and Kew have both been up and down and with 2 wins apiece a victory here will keep the winner in touch with the finals series. Premiers East Ringwood coming of a very strong win will be primed to take it up to a Geelong team relishing hosting them, this will be the match of the round. Finally Upwey have been doing the hard yards to break into the competition and they host last seasons Runner-Up Koonung Heights who have yet to break the seal for this season.

B Grade

The weather had its biggest impact in B Grade last round with two match’s drawn. Nth Balwyn had bragging rights against East Doncaster and will favour their chances against old rival Canterbury but it was the Canterbury boys that put Premiership favourites Deakin to the sword last round and they also will be confident they have the strengths to climb up the ladders. Hoppers Crossing face a smarting Deakin who lost their first match in two seasons, this will be a close fought game. Mitcham host Coburg at Walker Park with Coburg’s hold on top spot on the line. In the final clash East Doncaster will be desperate not to go into the break without any points to show for their endeavour so far, Monash on the other hand have been very competitive so far and may just be able to hold them out.

C Grade

Unfortunately for Yarra Valley, my tip of an upset last round proved correct and they have slipped down the ladder as Eley Park and Geelong with good wins have jumped them coming into Rd 5. The Parkers should continue their winning form against the Zebras to go into the break undefeated. Geelong will face some stiff opposition against Nth Ringwood who are a better team than 5th spot on the ladder. Mont Albert should be able to keep their momentum going at home to East Burwood who have still to open their account and Mackie have the road trip to face a Yarra Valley side determined to prove last round was only a blip on their Premiership aspirations. Perhaps the hardest result to pick is between Croydon Ranges and Lower Eltham as both teams have shown glimpses that they can hold their own against the rest of the field.

D Grade

Unfortunately the late loss of Heatherdale from this grade creating a bye, has thrown things into a little bit of disarray. Warrandyte have only played once in the past three rounds and will be champing at the bit to get back into the field against ladder leader Northcote in what should be an excellent clash. Eley Park should prove too strong for Nth Balwyn despite their solid win over Canterbury who also look to have their hands full again against the Tigers this round. West Ivanhoe v Vic Cavaliers is an interesting match-up as both teams have been competitive to date with solid batting credentials. Sunbury-Macedon Ranges by dint of the bye will maintain 2nd spot going to the Xmas break. Fixtures and Results 

Xmas Inter-Association Rep Carnival

Planning for this annual event is underway. The possible date we are looking at is Sunday 16th December and I will let you know further details as they come to hand.

National and State

This has been a very busy inaugural year for Victoria at State level with 68 players given the opportunity to pull on the Big V Baggy Blue Cap. The highlight was undoubtably Victoria winning the Australian A Div team title in Orange earlier in the year – a fantastic effort in our first tilt at the title. Whilst the recent championships in Brisbane did not entirely go to plan, all 3 teams did the State proud with their efforts. With the first ever World Cup due to be played in Sydney in Nov-Dec, Victoria will be ably represented by Bill Blair and Darren Hill with Craig Gislingham as a stand by emergency if needed. I’m sure you all join with me in wishing these guys all the very best during the tournament.


I trust that you are all home now safe and sound and starting to slowly overcome the aches, pains and more serious injuries that have come out of the Orange Carnival.

I am not going to go over all the Thank You’s that have been so rightfully bestowed over the past couple of days. That said, however I cannot let the past week go by without saying that I am so proud of the way that you have represented out great State over the total period since the Teams were announced back in last December.

What has stood out to me above all other things, is that despite the Blue / White / Green / Gold and Red delineators, it was patently obvious by the way that you embraced your fellow contingent members and the camaraderie shown, that this was very much a united Victorian Team totally intent one supporting one another and this has been a major factor in Victoria’s outstanding success.

Over the next week or so, I will gradually pull together the scorebooks and photos and get a history of the week together for our website, so if you have photos, email them into me as soon as you can, so they can be  shared by all.

Tom O’Brien has also sent the following weblink 

which is to the local Western Central Daily local newspaper which has a collection of photos taken over the Tournament.

Attached please find, an invite to attend the upcoming Veterans Cricket Victoria Annual Dinner. Whilst I appreciate that some our distance challenged players will find it difficult to attend on a Tuesday night, it would be fantastic to get as many of you along as possible to relive the Orange afterglow.

Commemorative Medals will be presented to the Blue Team to mark their Australian Title on the night.

To the future

Planning has commenced already in preparation of selecting teams for the next Tournament in Brisbane in October. Over the past week I have been speaking with a number of you, who are not only great players, but are universally acknowledged as outstanding administrators in their home associations. I am sure we all agree that this is the start of a new era for Over 50 cricket and it is important that we tap into the best talent available to ensure that Victoria are at the forefront of the pack and that we encompass, as far as possible, all our local and country associations.

Whilst Orange has been a fantastic success on and off the field, mistakes were made and in retrospect there were better ways to achieve some of the targets that were set. From my position on the sidelines, there is every chance that I missed important issues that arose from a playing perspective. Please, over the next week or so, take the opportunity to email me any thoughts/ideas that you may have had, that could advance our future representation be it on or off field. I look forward to your suggestions.

Hoping to see you on the 17th at the Annual Dinner

Peter  White (Victorian Manager)

VCV 2017-18 Season wrap-up

After an exciting set of Grand Final’s we have our Premier teams for the 2017-18 season.

It has been an interesting ride, which while in the main it has passed without too much drama on or off the field, we have made mistakes and we have learnt along the way some valuable lessons that will make next season all the better.

One of the hardest tasks pre-season was grading the teams as fairly as possible and when you look at the final ladders on face value, wherein only 1 side won all their games and only 1 side lost all theirs, you could make a sound argument that I succeeded, but as we all know the truth is in the detail and some obvious miss matches stand out.

With a season under our belt however, some fine tuning will address those situations for the future.

One point for discussion pre-season, will be the viability of the reserve day situation. Whilst with only the 7 home and way match’s scheduled, we have always tried to play all seven when and wherever possible. The timing of the reserve day (if clubs decide to go down that path again) is vital to the success of the concept.

Finals qualification also caused some headaches(as it has done in the past) and it is vital to the well being of the competition, that we set a policy that all agree to and then it will be endemic of all Club administrators to ensure that they are across this as the finals approach.

The final ladders were as follows

As seems to be the standard with cricket these days, the bat dominated the ball over the 3 Grades 56 40+ retirements in Saxon Shield, 63 in B Grade and 71 in C Grade a total of 190 in all.

In Saxon Shield, 3 batsmen scored over 200 runs – Bruce Anderson (Canterbury) 218, Randal McDonnell (East Ringwood) 215 and Mark Osbourne (Koonung Heights) 207. Randal tooped the averages with 107.5 from his 6 innings. Koonung Heights Michael Whitehead showed that taking wickets was still possible with 14 @ 15.92 whilst Wonga Parks Craiog Meadows also hit double figures with 11 and the seasons best figures of 4/13.

In B Grade 4 players passed the 200 run mark, Ramesh Nadarajah (Super Kings) 232, Steve carusi (Super Kings) 229, David Mitchell (Croydon ranges) 221 and Darren Bookluck (Eley Park) 204. Top average was Ian Kerezovic (Cavaliers) 190.00 from his 5 knocks.

In the bowling Barry Wood (Monash) topped the wickets with 13 while Monash’s Bandula Attanayake and Mark Goldsmith shared the top return of 4/17

C Grade went even better with 5 players topping 200 runs, Shaun Nugara (Deakin) 220, Trevor Tippett (Forest Hill) 212, Mario Morel (Deakin) 210, Andrew Drury (Warrandyte) 209 and Greg Warren (Warrandyte) 201 with Mario recording best average 210.00 from his 6 innings.

Deakins Leroy De Alwis with 12 wkts topped most scalps with Yarra Valleys Rick Beah having the best figures of 4/6.


Saxon Shield

The inaugural Saxon Shield Grand Final pitted Koonung Heights against East Ringwood and what a Grand Final it was with the final winner only being revealed on the last ball of the penultimate over that had everyone on the edge of their seats.

Koonung won the toss and sent the Roos in and East Ringwood choose the right time to put in their best batting performance of the season by far. Despite the loss of an early scalp Andrew Coster (36), Randal McDonnell (42), John Murphy (40), Peter Wright (40) an Julian Costa combined to make life miserable for the Koonung bowlers and field. Michael Whitehead again led the Nungers attack with 2 wickets but the final scoreline of 5/220 was a big task to confront.

From the outset however it was evident that Koonung felt they were right in this and despite fine bowling from John Murphy and Glenn Ellis, Michael Crooks (43), Mark Osbourne (41) and Glen Brockwell (42) continued to build the score and bring the Nungers close to the target. The loss of Michael Whitehead for 30 threw doubt back into the tail needing a run a ball over the last 4 overs. On the final ball of the second last over the pressure proved too much and a suicide single left the Nungers 7 runs adrift and the Roos took out the first Saxon Shield.

B Grade

The B Grade Grand Final saw a battle between the seasons two top team’s Monash and the Super Kings, separated only by 0.4% at the top of the ladder.

Super Kings won the toss and sent Monash in at Tally Ho Reserve. Michael de la Harpe was right on the spot for the Kings and it was up to Bandula Attanayake (38) and David Hamilton (24) to steady the ship. At 6 / 107 Monash were in trouble before late rescue from Lachlan Boles an excellent 41 and Mark Wilkinson (24) brought the score respectability at 7 / 186 a defendable target for the bowlers.

Early wickets had the Super Kings reeling at 3 / 11 and with the ever reliable Steve Carusi back in the sheds at 4 / 49 the game was slipping Monash’s way. A saviour was needed and two stepped into the breach with unbeaten 40s Steve Brasher and Rajidt Ramanan. This inspired Ramaesh Nadarajah (28) and Dinesh Chelvathurai and they steadied the ship bringing Box Hill Nth Super Kings the flag with just the 5 wickets lost.

A great team effort win for the Super Kings and an excellent first up effort by Monash following their promotion from the Over 40 ranks and they will be a team to be reckoned with next season.

C Grade

Unbeaten Deakin came into this Grand Final as hot favourites despite the fact that this was the Zebras 3rd straight Grand Final appearance.

Played at Benettswood Reserve in front of their new clubrooms, Deakin were quickly on the front foot by sending Forest Hill in to bat. Trevor Tippett (16) and Darren Merrett (24) got the Zebras off to a solid start and this was well backed by Geoff Mace (36) and Graham Dolphin (21) who kept the runs coming against some penetrating bowling from Maliq Deane and Leroy De Alwis. A late cameo from Andy Henkel (24) saw the Zebras close out their innings at 8 / 145, a target that was always going to be hard to contain the strong Deakin batting line-up from getting.

And so it proved as all the Deakin bats got among the runs Mano Morel (44), Shyam Sidek (41) and Peter may (34*) taking up the challenge as Deakin made the required target without losing a wicket.

This was an emphatic win, but in retrospect they were too strong a unit for this grade and I must carry the can for that misjudgement. Deakin are a great cricket side and deserved Premiers and I am looking forward to seeing how they go in a higher grade next season against some stronger units.

Veterans Cricket Victoria – Annual Dinner

In my last newsletter I I mentioned that this year we have been invited to join in with the Over 60s and celebrate the formation of Veterans Cricket Victoria and ruminate about season 1 at the German Club Tivoli, 291 Dandenong Rd, Windsor.

The Date for this is Tuesday April 17th.

There will be a 3 Course meal and the price per ticket will be $45 a head, great value for what promises to be a terrific night. I will be contacting all clubs over the next few days to see if we can get a good contingent to come along and finalise the season in style.

Finally I am sure you all join in with me in wishing those players travelling to Orange over Easter to play in the Australian Over 50s Championship all the very best of luck and hope they “bring home the bacon”

I hope to see you all next season

Peter White