Vintage cricket team victorious
The Tawa Turtles vintage cricket team knocked over an Australian representative side in an entertaining match at Linden Park recently.
The Australian Over 60s team are touring New Zealand, with a demanding 18 games in 23 days. The are a formidable side on paper, featuring several former Sheffield Shield players, Turtles’ skipper Grant Baker said.
‘‘They’re very fit, have a good squad for their tour, so it was a decent scalp for us.’’
The match, on February 17, was played under international vintage rules, with players retiring after scoring 30 runs. Baker won the toss and put the Aussies in on a flat Linden Park wicket, and they were restricted to 195/5 in their 40 overs.
While the Turtles only posted 72 in their first 20 overs, they managed the required 196, with three overs and seven wickets in hand. Murray Riley, Channa Jayasingha, Edward Isaacs and Peter Hill did the job with the willow, while Baker hit the winning runs.
Baker said the vintage grade is growing in this region with teams from the Hutt Valley, Porirua, Tawa, a Sri Lankan side and a Rotary team making for a competitive grade that has a round once a month.
Vintage cricketers: Australian Over 60s cricket captain Ross Chapman, Tawa Turtles’ skipper Grant Baker and Australian team manager Stirling Hamann at Linden Park.