Search on for Golden Oldies crick­eters

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - CRICKET

The Hamil­ton Planks Golden Oldies cricket club is look­ing for new play­ers to con­test the 2017/18 sea­son.

Planks stands for ‘‘Play­ers Long Ago Now Knack­ered’’ but don’t let the ti­tle de­ter you from join­ing the club’s ranks.

Golden Oldies cricket is for play­ers 40 and over and has its own set of rules and re­quire­ments.

It is Sun­day 40-overs a side cricket, with bats­men re­tir­ing af­ter scor­ing 30 runs. If the team is all out with overs re­main­ing, the re­tired bats­men may re­turn.

There is a limit of the num­ber of overs per bowler, with the onus on bowl­ing ev­ery­one who wished to do so.

‘‘All of our play­ers have played cricket to a rea­son­able level in their younger days,’’ Planks club cap­tain, Laurie Bradly said.

‘‘Whether that be in their col­lege 1st XI, se­nior club cricket, or in some cases, pro­vin­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket.

‘‘Many play­ers have had a lengthy break from the game, but were keen to be in­volved again, al­beit at a less in­ten­sive level.’’

This sea­son the Planks have 12 Sun­day fix­tures, with roughly half in Hamil­ton.

The home fix­tures are played at St Paul’s Col­le­giate, gen­er­ally on the main grass wicket and with the use of their ex­cel­lent af­ter match fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘Play­ers do not have to com­mit to ev­ery game,’’ says Planks com­mit­tee chair, Blair Fin­layson.

‘‘Flex­i­bil­ity is im­por­tant, which is why we need a rea­son­ably large play­ers ros­ter.

‘‘Some guys will play two or three games a sea­son, oth­ers the ma­jor­ity.

‘‘It is a de­cent stan­dard of cricket, with ev­ery­one par­tic­i­pat­ing, then ad­journ­ing to the host rooms for re­fresh­ment, food and ca­ma­raderie.’’

Other teams on the fix­tures list in­clude Mor­rinsville, Te Awa­mutu, Te Kuiti, Cam­bridge, Taupo, Karaka, Waiuku, Tau­ranga, Ro­torua and Toko­roa.

So if you are keen to rekin­dle your cricket ca­reer, and make some new friends, dust off your whites, then get in touch with the club.

Here’s your chance to join Golden Oldies cricket.

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