Tasmanian over-60 cricket team prepares for nationals in Canberra

ALL AS IT SEAMS: Tasmanian over-60 cricket team members Tom Osborne, Rod Ashman and Apps Jordan. Three Tasmanian teams will play in the national over-60 carnival between November 19 and 23. Picture: Hamish Geale
ALL AS IT SEAMS: Tasmanian over-60 cricket team members Tom Osborne, Rod Ashman and Apps Jordan. Three Tasmanian teams will play in the national over-60 carnival between November 19 and 23. Picture: Hamish Geale

Tasmania’s over-60s skipper John Bailey says his side hasn’t changed anything in its training schedule ahead of the national championships later this month.

As the state’s over-70 side returns from its national campaign in Adelaide, three over-60 sides spanning division 1, 2 and 4 are preparing to fly to Canberra for a five-day tournament against six other states.   

“At our age we basically just play all year round - you can’t afford to stop,” Bailey said of his side’s tournament preparation.

“Every week we have a bit of a training, it’s probably more like a men’s shed than a training but we have a bat and a bowl.”

Launceston over-60s national representative Glenn Richardson will be charged with leading the way with the bat for Tasmania, while Emmanuel Benjamin, Rick Reid and Pat Henry loom as important players.

Bailey said improving on last year’s effort would be his side’s main aim.

“Victoria and New South Wales and all the states have a lot more numbers so their setup is probably better, we struggle a bit but we enjoy it and hope to do better each year. 

“It’d be nice if we win two out of the three - the last couple of years we’ve won one out of the three so you always want to try and do a bit better than you did last year I suppose.

“The other states are getting stronger and stronger and I hope we are too.”