Aching limbs, aging knees and dicky hammy’s were all put on hold on Sunday when the cream of the Eastern Cricket veterans turned out for the 15th Annual battle between the Ringwood and District Cricket Assn (RDCA) and the Box Hill District Cricket Assn (BHRDCA) for the coveted “Colonels Cup” and bragging rights as the Premier Eastern Veterans Assn.
At Cheong Park, hard earned reputations meant little where the Over 60’s locked horns. Sent in first BHRDCA lost early wickets and it was left up to Stuart Stockdale who with a battling 41 (ret), ably supported with some lusty late hitting from Sri Rajah and Alan Ellis to see Box Hill through to 114/9cc in their allotted 36 overs. For Ringwood Paul Robinson and Graeme Seymour with 3 and 2 wickets each were the pick of the bowlers.
In reply Gary Paget and Bill Stafford had Ringwood off to a sound start putting on 32 for the first wicket. The Box Hill bowling was tight and coupled with a slow outfield Box Hill remained in the match. John Kent threw a spanner in the works as he collected 2 /11 in a great spell and when Garry Walles fell for a patient 21 it meant Ringwood needed 7 runs off the last over to get the required runs. Kent’s last over started sensationally with a wicket first ball, but the task proved just too much and it was a well struck 4 by Russell McNeill that saw Ringwood home with 2 runs to spare.
Meanwhile over at Fred Geale Oval, the O50’s saw Ringwood batting first. Anderton settled in early and along with Dale Goldsmith the score rose steadily, the pair adding 47 runs for the second wicket. Steve Teakel kept the run rate going and a late hard hitting 26* from Vaughan took Ringwood to a competitive 144/6 at the close of the innings. Dennis McNiece 2/13 returned the best bowling figures for Box Hill.
Box Hill skipper Frank McCann and fellow opener Darren McNeil were quickly into stride and their opening stand of 62 set a solid base for Box Hill’s run chase. Kevin Howell, Dave Jensen and David Corrigan all contributed valuable runs to the cause allowing Box Hill to knock off the required runs with 8 overs still to be bowled in an emphatic victory. Phil Kickleton and Artis both took two wickets for Ringwood.
This meant that the “Colonels Cup” was on the line at the Over 40 match at Croydon Oval. Ringwood batted first with Andy Wu and Craig Buchan looking very strong against some sharp Box Hill bowling both taking their scores into the 20’s. After 18 overs Ringwood were looking at posting a very competitive total but as o often happens runs began to dry up against great bowling by Narendran Shanmugratnam, Matthew Vittiritti and Dean Jones who combined to take 6 wickest for only 38 runs in their 15 overs to close Ringwood out at 132/8cc.
Box Hill lost two early scalps before Brett Cunningham 41 (ret), Dave Cronin 18, skipper Danny Taylor 43 (ret) and Dean Jones 22* led a strong revival getting Box Hill over the line with 7 overs to spare and secure the “Colonels Cup” for the Box Hill Assn
The big winner on the day was the sport of cricket. It was fantastic to see the game played in such a great spirit by two strong associations, adding yet another chapter to the intense but friendly rivalry that has grown over 15 years.