Vin­tage cricket team victorious

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Vin­tage crick­eters: Aus­tralian Over 60s cricket cap­tain Ross Chap­man, Tawa Tur­tles’ skip­per Grant Baker and Aus­tralian team man­ager Stir­ling Ha­mann at Lin­den Park.

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