Veteran cricketers bowled over by international event
IT was hot and steamy but that didn't stop 22 keen and competent cricketers from giving their all in the name of Queen and country at an international over 60s cricket match at Wyong's Baker Park late last month.
It is thought to have been the first ever "international" cricket match played in the district.
A touring English over 60s side took on a NSW Country over 60s XI as part of a tour of Australia stretching more than six weeks and featuring a series of three one day test matches against an Australian over 60s XI.
The English side is made up of prominent former country and district cricketers.
Baker Park has one of the best turf pitches on the Coast as well as a grandstand for great viewing so spectators didn't miss a ball.
Central Coast Seniors Cricket Association president Mr Bob Newman was one of three Central Coast players named in the Country XI.
He said he was hit for six with the support the match had received.
"This is the first time Central Coast Cricket has hosted an international match so we wanted to make sure we had the best suited facilities and worked closely with council to achieve this," Mr Newman said.
"Veteran's Cricket is the biggest growing demographic in Australia and really highlights the camaraderie and fellowship we have.
"We were lucky enough to have two other Coast players representing NSW Country in the game - Doug Trigg and Greig Buscombe, with Doug named as captain!
"All round, this was a massive day for Veteran's Cricket on the Central Coast. It certainly was a match to remember."
The game itself went right down to the wire, with the visiting English side snatching victory in the last over of the game.
Set 179 to win, the visitors eclipsed the total for the loss of five wickets.