Wednesday, November 22, 2017

First Australian Veterans Over 70s Cricket Championships - Adelaide (b)

For the third match, on Wednesday 8 November, we headed north of Adelaide again to play at Gaza Oval at Broadview.
Queensland, like Victoria, had two teams in the First Division and on this occasion we played the Queensland Stormers.
Once again Victoria batted first and were 2 for 180 at the end of the 40 overs. Dick Stumbles 41 retired, John Costello 40 retired, Les Payne run out for 38, Graeme Freshwater run out for 35.
In reply Queensland Stormers were all out for 70.
Ron Kasputtis 3 for 22 off 7, Robin Court 2 for 12 off 7, Bruce Pooley 1 for 10 off 4, John Costello 2 for 4 off 2, Ian Longmuir 1 for 2 off 2.1. Another convincing victory cementing top spot in Pool A.
This was another picturesque ground. The fire on the mountain was from burning off. The hospitality at this club was excellent. We also got to meet some of the locals who reside in a nest near the door to the clubrooms.
There were three baby birds in the nest but this one was determined not to miss anything.
This area is also known as Klemzig and was an early German settlement established in 1838. The OG Hotel, pictured above, dates from 1843 and is next to the cricket ground. The area was renamed Gaza during the two World Wars. The cricket club and football club later voted to keep the name Gaza.

The finals were held on Thursday 9 November. The First Division final was played at Marion Oval no. 1. This ground was a relatively short drive from the motel.
Before the game the Victorian players posed for another photograph.
Queensland Cyclones, winners of Pool B, were Victoria's opponents. A number of players who had been in the Queensland Stormers team the previous day played in the Cyclones team in the finals.
Once again Victoria 1 won the toss, and batted first and at the end of 40 overs were 5 for 131 - not a large score, but as the saying goes, Victoria had the the runs were on the board'. 

Queensland bowled the tightest of any team we had played. Dick Stumbles 3, John Costello 25, Wavell McPherson 4, Ian Gibson 2, Arthur Prichard 31, Ian Longmuir 27 not out, Les Payne 27 not out. The innings of the last three batsmen saved the Victorian team. 
Queensland were 4 for 113 after 30 overs and 19 runs were required from 10 overs. Then the Victorian captain, Arthur Pritchard, brought himself on and took 4 for 7 off 3 overs allowing Victoria to take 5 for 12 to win the match. Queensland was dismissed for 125.  All the players contributed to the win. Robin bowled 7 overs, 4 maidens, 1 wicket for six runs. 

This was a great win by great team.

A very happy team of players left the Marion Oval to get ready to catch the bus to the Carrington Function Centre in the city for the presentation of trophies and the Championship Dinner. Victoria 3 won the Second Division so it was a very successful championship for Victoria.

Many thanks to Dick Stumbles for giving us a lift to the grounds each match day. 

Other posts about the over 70s cricket carnival in Adelaide:
See Day 1 and Day 2 for information on the other two games.
Rest Day touring Glenelg
Glenelg Architecture
The Motel

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