WELL, another season of Over 60s veterans’ cricket in the grip of COVID has begun, but nothing deters the mighty South Gippy Over 60s outfit.

Superbly marshalled by the Dynamic Duo of the president Trev Wilson and skippered by ‘Our Mr Cricket’ – Gary Adams, the Kookas were primed for action after many preseason sessions.

We went to the picturesque Hurlington Cricket Ground in posh East Brighton.

Mr Cricket Adams was on early shaky ground after deciding to bat, as the beleaguered South Gippy lads were in huge trouble reeling at 3 for 15.

Losing a wicket first ball of the game certainly got them sitting up straight.

But the Kookas are as ‘Tuff as Teak’ and responded to the relentless and skilled Bayswater attack, finally reaching a pleasing 149, bowled out in the 37th over of their allotted 40 overs. Keeping him back to the lower order, our trump card was the famous Pieter Loos, with a turbo charged 43*, off a lazy 19 balls. Great support came from baby Grayza Wighty 24*, the amazing Peter Anderson going down in a swinging 16, skipper Adams redeeming himself with 11 and a hard hit 11 from Peter Little. After a superb canteen tucka, the Kookas kept it as tight as our current council elections, restricting the Bristling Bayswater Boys to 7/123 off their 40 overs.

In a very even performance, best of the trundlers included Adams 1/13, Grayza Wighty 1/12, Robbie (no pants) Francis with 1/4 in an 11-man used bowling effort.

As always there was an ‘everyone gets a go and we will still win’, approach by the skipper.

Robbie Francis did (after 50 years in cricket) forget his strides but Adams came through with a ‘slim line’ replacement.

A great win, a great escape by the South Gippy lads.

Man of the Match went to Grayza Wighty (the opener) who opened the batting and bowling to not only make runs but also take wickets. Next week it’s off to Iona (wherever the hell that is, Google Maps needed) for the blokes who love their cricket, fun and friendship.