Over 60s padding up, ready to go

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PENINSULA Over 60 cricketers are padding up for the season opener next month with three new teams bringing the competition total to 22.

Peninsula players come from Frankston and all over the Mornington Peninsula to the oval at Grayden’s Rd, Tuerong. They play midweek and Sunday one-day matches comprising a 40-over innings.

The game is designed for players of all abilities and new players are welcome. Some have played all their lives while others may not have played for 20-40 years. The common thread is a love of cricket and being part of a team keeping fit while enjoying the camaraderie of team sport.

Over 60s cricket is into its second decade as the fastest growing branch of cricket in Australia. A national body oversees the growth of the game culminating in a national carnival – this year in Perth in November. Hundreds of senior cricketers from all over Australia will compete in several divisions to decide the national champion.

An attraction of over-60s cricket is the wide range of overseas tours for players and partners run through by the Victorian Cricket Association. Peninsula players have toured Sri Lanka, Cuba, Samoa, Hawaii, Fiji, Iceland, Spain, Jamaica, North America and, of course, England. Future tours are planned for China, Japan, South Africa and South America.

New players are welcome to join in training every Thursday night, followed by a barbecue and refreshments.

Details: Call chairman Dick Stumbles, 0412 348 270, or administrator Laurie Hindle, 5983 5515, or visit the VOSCA website.

First published in the Western Port News – 27 September 2016

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