Seniors Cricket WA will host the 11th Australian Over 60s and 70s Cricket Championships from 5-10 November 2016.
It marks the first time WA has hosted the championships and a record 41 teams from across the country, along with a team from New Zealand, is set to make the event the largest seniors national cricket championships ever held in Australia.
WA first participated in the competition in Adelaide in 2012 with just one team, expanding to two teams the subsequent year on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The first WA over 70s team, along with two over 60s teams, attended the championships in Melbourne in 2014 and, last year in Hobart, WA was again represented by one over 70s and two over 60s teams.
The state will again be well represented this year and, as hosts, will expand to three over 60s teams and one over 70s team.
The signicant interest emerging through the championships has also led Seniors Cricket WA organisers to work towards establishing a regular competition in WA commencing in 2017.
Seniors Cricket WA has previously hosted a weekend of cricket in Donnybrook during the Country Week Championships, which has proved popular and drawn participants from all over the state to participate.
Each division at this year's championships will be split into pools of four, with the top teams playing off for the title at the completion of the pool games.
Division 1 games are 45 overs each, while the other divisions are 40 overs each.
Seniors Cricket WA expects a high standard of play to continue, complementing the excellent spirit of the sport and strong fellowship on and off the field.
The championships will also act as selections for over 60s and 70s Tour sides for competitions in UK, South Africa and New Zealand. Return visits from the UK and New Zealand have also been held over the years, with a team from England touring in the Eastern States later this year.
In the past two years WA player John Terrell has played with Australian over 60s teams in tours to NZ and South Africa and two WA players have nominated for the Australian over 60s team for this year’s visit to Australia by the England over 60’s team.
This year’s championships also coincide with the First Test at the WACA Ground of the Commonwealth Bank Test Series between Australia and South Africa, presenting eastern states competitors the opportunity to help Perth open the summer of international cricket.
The Australian Over 60s and 70s Championships are scheduled to open with a "Meet and Greet" function at the Golden Nugget Room at Gloucester Park on Saturday 5 November, before matches commence at 10am the following day and held thereafter on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
A highlight of the championships is set to be the Championship Dinner, to be held in the BelleVue Ballroom at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) on the Thursday evening.
A crowd of about 800 people is expected to enjoy the night, which will be hosted by 6PR breakfast announcer Steve Mills and will feature affable WA cricketing legend Brad Hogg as a guest speaker.
Guests will include the WA Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Mia Davies MLA and WACA CEO Ms Christina Matthews, in addition to senior representatives from Cricket Australia.
Players participating in previous championships have included former Test cricketers Graham Yallop, Geoff Dymock, Bob ‘Dutchie’ Holland and Ewan Chatfield (NZ).
Seniors Cricket WA acknowledges the support and assistance received from the WACA, the Country Cricket Board, Cricket Australia and the WA Department of Sport and Recreation in helping to bring the championships to WA.
Further details regarding Seniors Cricket WA can be obtained by contacting the President Mr David Horsley (0408934585, firstname.lastname@example.org) or going to website www.seniorscricketwa.com.