THE Kookaburras are laughing, in fact, everybody was laughing. That’s the way of things in over 60s cricket; the camaraderie, encouragement, friendship and spirit of the game were uppermost with the players and the sizable crowd of spectators.
And the standard of cricket in the competition which started its season at the weekend, was quite good given the time since their last hit out.
As physical as football, rugby or Pilates for these rusty 60 and 70-year olds (most had done some training over the past 6 weeks). And some of those Iona players have been playing mid-week and Winter cricket.
The Leongatha/South Gippsland Kookaburras secured a victory in their first game on Sunday with a solid 62-run win over Iona.
Standout performances were Trevor Wilson who now has the honour of hitting the first six for the team, Gary Adams scorching two overs that sent a clear message heard from Gisborne to the Goannas, and two caught and bowled executions by the Iona bowlers that amazed everybody.
The Kookaburras won the toss and elected to bat getting off to a flyer thanks to openers Dave Mock and Warwick Hayes.
The Kookaburra’s first eight batsmen all reached double figures. Seven of them were retired by their captain.
Over 60s rules enable batsmen to make up to 40, but the captains, ever mindful of full and fair participation constantly monitor and juggle the innings.
One cricket buff, who has probably spent 40 years on a rules committee somewhere, thought right-hand and left-hand batsmen should not be allowed to bat together.
Too much time and energy spent changing position each time a single was scored.
And Neil White’s “tracker” told him he had travelled five and a half kilometres in the field, equal to his usual Saturday parkrun.
The Kookaburras finished with 196 with Neil White the top run scorer with 27.
Lunch was taken, mention was made of Iona and their humble beginnings in Bob Roger’s paddock 20 years ago.
Creating a cricket club which now has seniors, juniors and Over 60s (into their 12th year) is against the flow of modern trends.
And the match day sponsors, Burra Foods, donation was on display and most appreciated by the players.
By contrast Iona got off to a rough start, Pieter Loos took a wicket in his first over, and Gary Adams bowled the ball of the century to take out his opposing captain in his second.
Iona fought back with Peter Felstead, Basil KeHayas and the evergreen and affable Russell Ferguson all making good scores which ensured a good and complete game.
The Kookaburras just too good in the end keeping Iona to 134 off their allotted 40 overs.
The Kookaburras next game will be against Mornington in a fortnight with new players always welcome.
Kookaburras laughing in Over 60s cricket