The over 70 division 2 final was played at Leschenault Recreation Reserve on Tuesday, November 28. Picture: Carmen Sherry.

WA leg of veterans cricket championship

Mundaring resident umpired and played in the National Veteran Cricket Championships, which included teams from across Australia.
November 30, 2023
Andrew Williams

THE Western Australian leg of the National Veteran Cricket Championships (NVCC) has wrapped up with mixed results for the home teams.

The NVCC is played across the country and features teams representing each state and the ACT, and even includes New Zealand.

The teams fill the 18 divisions across age groups ranging from over 40 to over 70 and includes three women’s divisions.

This year WA hosted the competitions for the four over 60 divisions on grounds across Perth from Sunday, November 12 to Thursday, November 16, while the three over 70 divisions played throughout the south west over the past week from Thursday, November 23 to Tuesday, November 28.

All the competitions involved a series of pool games to decide the fixtures for the finals.

The NSW Blues won the John Hammer Cup for the over 60 division one competition, while WA placed fifth.

Victoria’s Blues won the Doug Turbill Trophy for the over 70 division one, with WA placing eighth.

Lifelong athlete and Mundaring resident Doug Cornish worked as an umpire for the over 60 competition earlier in the month and played for the WA team that won the over 70 division two Robert ‘Dutchy’ Holland Shield.

Mr Cornish, a former WACA umpire, said the skills of the over 60 players are really competitive and that a spectator would be surprised the players were as old as they are.

Due to a last-minute reshuffle, Mr Cornish’s original division three team replaced the Tasmania side in division two and won the competition.

Mr Cornish said there was a huge amount of camaraderie throughout the competition and that his team welcomed the challenge.

“It was very pleasing. We were brought up to a higher grade and we thought no problem we’ll take it on, and it definitely was more competitive,” he said.

“It was quite tough, but we won it.”

The over 50 divisions will wrap up the NVCC and are set to play their games across Victoria from Sunday, December 3 to Thursday, December 7.

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