Highlands over 60s crickets ready for new season

HIGHLANDS Over 60s cricketers are gearing up for another season of cricket with eight fixtures scheduled for 2016/17. 

Registrations are now open for senior players who have a love for cricket and a desire to stay fit and healthy. 

The season will host home and away games against ACT, Central Coast, Port Jackson and Western Wildfires.

This will be the eighth season since their inception in 2009.

They were formed to cater for cricketers past their prime who still had a love of the game and an interest in finding another avenue for exercise and camaraderie.

Highlands players have played in State of Origin games against Queensland and have played for various zones at the state carnival.

Some cricketers have been selected in state teams for the national carnivals which spread across the country. This year the national carnival will be contested in Perth. 

The national organization will undergo a name change to Veterans Cricket Australia.

This will recognise that it now encompasses players in both over 60s and over 70s divisions and is also looking to promote an over 50s division.

At the local level, Highlands has already gained at least four new faces for the season ahead.

It is also keen to broaden its player base by welcoming players turning 58 or 59 as well as those in their sixties.

One of their players, CEO of Sommers Sports John Rennie , has been supportive in ensuring Highlands are well equipped.

The seniors have also enjoyed the support provided by affiliation with Highlands District Cricket Association.

A recent committee meeting endorsed commencement of net practice sessions at Centennial Park.

The first session will be on Monday September 26 at 4pm. This will continue throughout the season.

Anyone interested in playing can register their interest by contacting Norm Stanton at stormnanton@hotmail.com or by phoning 0413297072.

-Over 60s Cricket chairman Norm Stanton

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