Ex-Goldfields cricketer John Terrell has been named in the Australian over 60’s cricket team that will be touring South Africa this year.
Perth is set to host the biggest participant cricket event in the State’s history next November and it won’t involve a Test match, Big Bash, Sheffield Shield or Country Week event.
The focus will be on the Australian over 60s and over 70s cricket carnival. At least 40 teams from all states, and possibly New Zealand, will converge on the west coast city for a bumper carnival of senio’r’s cricket from 5-10 November.
Planning is already under way, catering for up to 700 players and their partners, and finding quality turf and synthetic wickets between Yanchep and Rockingham.
Both Cricket Australia and the Western Australian Cricket Association have given their strong endorsement to the carnival.
Over 60’s cricket has been arguably the fastest growing segment of Australia cricket over the past decade.
In that time, about 30 teams have emerged in weekends and mid-week competitions in each of the eastern mainland states during summer.
A late-comer to over 60’s competition, Western Australia fielded a team for the first time at the seventh national championships in Adelaide in 2012.
While it has enjoyed only moderate success so far, organisers are hopeful of big things for its three over 60’s and single over 70’s teams at the Perth carnival.
Former Test, Sheffield Shield and other top-grade cricketers have been urged to nominate for this rare opportunity to be involved.
For more details, please contact David Horsley on 0408 934 585 or Alan Johanson or David Clear at the WACA on 9265 7222.
Two members of the WA over 60s team have been in the news lately.
In recognition of his 50-plus years’ contribution to grassroots cricket, Donnybrook’s Darrell Ramponi recently earned the honour of having his name etched around the sponsor logo of Australian captain Steve Smith’s ODI playing shirt.
Also ex-Goldfields cricketer John Terrell has been named in the Australian over 60’s cricket team that will be touring South Africa in February and March this year.
Last year John became the first Western Australian to represent Australia at this level when he toured New Zealand with the Australians over 60s.