MORNINGTON Peninsula Veterans Cricket Club had mixed results last weekend with the Over 50 team easily winning its first ever match and the Over 60 team going down in a close finish.
The Over 50s played their historic first game at the picturesque Nyora ground against South Gippsland. They batted first and made 6/245 from their 40 overs. Henry Dolphin, Stella Jackson and Brian Parton all retired at the compulsory 40 runs. They were well supported by Simon McEvoy 22, Al Davie 15, captain Dave Martin with 29 and Dave Hunter, 14.
The bowling was excellent with John Harrison and Peter Klauer starting well with a wicket each. Jason Nagel and Jackson both took two wickets and keeper Paddy Swayn tried to catch a top edge with his teeth. The fielding was good and the opposition was restricted to 7/137. It was a great win first up and the next game is at Lloyd Park Langwarrin against Traralgon on Sunday 10 January.
The Over 60s played Bayside at Elsternwick Park. The opposition made 5/192 at the close. Hugh O’Brien took 0/27 off eight overs, Ron Salkowski was again successful with 2/33 and Bob Holley 1/30. Lindsay Murray had a brilliant runout and the boys fielded well.
Skipper Phil Mayne started the innings with a brisk 32 followed by the consistent Mark Dunn with 41-retired. Trevor Burt, 18, and Murray with 34no tried hard but the total score of 6/175 fell just short. The Over 60s next game is at Alexandra Park Mornington against ACS on Sunday 20 December.