Over 50s get set for cricket carnival

OVER 50 BUT NOT OUT: Local veteran cricketers after playing Coffs Harbour.  Excitement is building in the run-up to the inaugural over-50s State championships.

OVER 50 BUT NOT OUT: Local veteran cricketers after playing Coffs Harbour. Excitement is building in the run-up to the inaugural over-50s State championships.

The Hastings, Macleay and Camden Haven valleys are about to host the inaugural NSW Over 50s Cricket championships. Ten teams will compete in a two day carnival played over Thursday 23 and Friday 24 February.

On Day 2 the two winning teams with the best winning margins from Day 1 will contest the championship trophy. The remaining eight teams will play off for the other placings and so local cricket lovers will have the chance to see five games on each day.

All the games will be played on turf wickets available in Wauchope, Port Macquarie, Kempsey and Laurieton. Visiting teams include two each from Port Jackson and Tamworth, the Central Coast, Newcastle's Lord Taverners and an Armidale based New England team.

The mid North coast will be represented by three teams and each of these are keen to emulate the winning form of the local Over 60s team which recently won Division 3 of the NSW Over 60s championships.

All teams have players with significant prior representative cricket backgrounds; some include current NSW or Australian Veterans players.

Some great cricket is assured but the social side of this great game has not been ignored.

Some great cricket is assured but the social side of this great game has not been ignored. The carnival will start with a 'meet and greet' function at the West Port Club from 5pm on Wednesday February 22.

A special guest at this function is will be Allan Robinson, All Australian Celebrity Jockey.

The carnival is being run by the Hastings Golden Oldies Cricket club  cricket with the help of NSW Veterans cricket and the West Port Club. Cricket NSW has made available a signed NSW Blues cricket bat which will be raffled during the three days.

Tickets can be bought at the meet and greet or at any of the games.

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