DURING December, a historic cricket match was played at Elsternwick Park in Melbourne – the birthplace of over 60s cricket worldwide in 2003, involving players mostly in their 80s.

The match was marketed as the Jack Blackman eleven versus Billy Murdoch’s eleven as recognition of two Victorians who played in the original Ashes series.

The game had all the hallmarks of an Ashes game with players from both teams determined to make a contribution and defeat the opposition.

There were many onlookers admiring the cricketing abilities of all players.

The game was highlighted at both the Adelaide and Melbourne Test by Channel Seven.

The South Gippsland Veterans Cricket Club was represented by a young and extremely fit Jim Armstrong who lives at Wonthaggi.
Jim, now 81, contributed with both bat and ball.

Like Jim, the South Gippsland Veterans Cricket Club provides the opportunities to play over 50s, 60s and 70s in the ever-expanding Victorian Veterans Cricket competitions made up of teams from across the state.