kenny jackson

Player Profile # 24: Kenny Jackson (South Africa)

Kenny was born in Zambia but played most of his cricket for Boland and Western Province, and also represented the Netherlands.

In a career spanning 14 seasons he played 87 first-class matches, scoring over 4000 runs at 29 and taking 26 wickets at 26.15 with his medium-pacers, with a best of 5/42. In 114 List-A games, Kenny scored over 3000 runs at an average just under 30, with a century and 19 fifties.

Kenny was a pioneer of the “ramp” shot long before it became popular. He also happens to be the half-brother of Jonathan Trott.

Tony Clark

Player profile #23: Tony Clark (Australia)

Over a 36-year career, Tony has played an astonishing 450 games of first-grade cricket in Sydney – a level that is probably equivalent to first-class cricket in some countries.

He was still playing first grade as recently as 2016/17 and took 55 wickets in second-grade in 2017/18 at an average of 11.98 – showing he could easily still be playing at a higher level.

In the long and illustrious history of grade cricket in Sydney, no one has played more than Tony’s 636 games across all grades and only one player has played more than his 450 games of first grade.

Tony has taken 991 wickets and scored more than 11,700 runs across all grades. He is the all-time leading wicket-taker at first grade level for two different clubs (Sutherland (Glenn McGrath’s club) and Blacktown).

When he played a T20 with his son Ryan recently they became the first father/son combination in Sydney first grade since 1972.

Peter Escott (New Zealand) Over 50s world cup

Player Profile #22: Peter Escott (New Zealand)

Peter Escott is a middle-order batsman and medium-slow right-arm bowler who has played most of his club cricket for Takapuna CC.

Pete represented North Harbour when it started as an association playing in the U-Bix Cup competition and scored the first century for the province. He had two seasons with the Auckland 2nd XI before moving to Melbourne for work, where he played for St. Kilda CC (Shane Warne’s club).

Pete also had two summers in Gloucestershire, playing for Stroud CC in the Western league, where he made the league representative team. He has played indoor cricket for New Zealand and was a North Harbour field hockey representative.

In recent years, Pete has been a regular member of the Auckland Cavaliers side, as well as playing for Takapuna occasionally, and has devoted much of his time to coaching junior and school cricket.

He also played in both of New Zealand’s matches against Australia in February of 2018.

Australian Over 50s Cricket

Australian Squad Named For World Cup

The Australian squad has (finally) been named, meaning that all 8 countries have named their squads and we are ready to go!

The Aussies were waiting for the completion of their inter-state selection tournament before naming their side. It is – as you would expect – a very strong lineup, with only 5 survivors from the group that toured New Zealand in February.

Good luck to the Aussies! Here is the official announcement from Mal Coleman …

“On behalf of our Australian National O50s Selectors & Australian O50s Committee, we announce the 16 man Squad and 4 Reserves for the 2018 World Cup in Sydney with the first match commencing on Wednesday 21 November.

The squad selected is :

Peter Solway ACT (captain)
Trent Ryan QLD (vice captain)
Bill Blair VIC
Greg Briggs NSW
Gavin Brown QLD
Anthony Clark NSW
Stephen Gollan WA
Rowan Harry NSW
Warwick Hayes NSW
Darren Hill VIC
Brad Mant WA
Todd O’Keefe NSW
Joe Santostefano WA
Tim Sargent SA
John Short NSW
Darren Smith NSW

Reserve Players:
Stuart Crisp NSW
Craig Gislingham VIC
Andrew Knight QLD
Paul Nemes ACT

Michael Van Zuyden from Victoria is appointed the Manager of the Squad.

Congratulations to all and our best wishes for what we expect to be 2 weeks of exciting competition.

Best regards
Mal Coleman
On behalf of
O50 Committee & Selectors”

Belinda Clark Opening The Over-50s World Cup

More exciting news – Australian cricket legend Belinda Clark is travelling up from Cricket Australia’s head office in Melbourne to represent CA at the opening of the Over-50s World Cup.

In addition to being CA’s Executive General Manager, Community Cricket, Belinda is a genuine legend of international cricket who played 134 internationals for Australia, scoring nearly 5000 runs at an average of 47. She won two World Cups and has captained the Australian women’s team more times than any other player.

She is an officer of the Order of Australia, a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and a member of the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

We are delighted that Belinda will be joining us at the opening ceremony on November 20.


Ijaz Ahmed to lead Pakistan in over-50s Veterans World Cup

KARACHI: Pakistan Veterans cricket team will be participating in the inaugural Over-50s Veterans World Cup to be held in Sydney from Nov 21-Dec 5. This was disclosed by Fawad Ijaz Khan, Chairman Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association here on Thursday.

Eight countries are participating in the Veterans World Cup including Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, Sir Lanka, Canada and Wales. Each team will play seven matches on single league basis and top four will move to semifinals with the final set for Dec 5.

The Pakistan Veterans Over 50s team was finalized in a PVCA board of directors meeting simultaneously held on Wednesday in Karachi and Lahore through a video conference. Former Test player Ejaz Ahmed, who played 38 Tests and 32 ODIs for the country, has been named as captain of the team while former ODI Player Ghulam Ali will be the vice captain.

The team also includes two former ODI players Sajid Ali and Shahid Anwar. Former Test player Kabir Khan has been named as coach and Chief Executive PVCA Ashiq Hussain Qureshi will be the manager.

Squad: Ijaz Ahmed (Captain), Ghulam Ali (Vice Captain), Shahid Anwar, Ghaffar Kazmi, Dastgir Butt, Babar Altaf Butt, Malik Amir Tauseef, Javed Hafeez, Imtiaz Tarar, Jaffar Qureshi, Asim Jah, Sagheer Abbas, Asif Hayat, Sajid Ali, Mazhar Hussain, Zafar Ali.

Officials: Ashiq Hussain Qureshi (Manager), Kabir Khan (Coach).

Pakistan team’s tour itinerary:

Wednesday, Nov 21 vs New Zealand (Old Kings Oval, Parramatta)

Thursday Nov 22 vs Wales (Alan Davidson Oval, Mascot)

Sunday Nov 25 vs South Africa (Joe Mc Aleer, Glendining)

Monday, Nov 26 vs Sri Lanka (Drummoyne Oval, Drummoyne)

Wednesday, Nov 28 vs Australia (Mark Taylor Oval, Waitara)

Thursday, Nov 29 vs Canada (Benson’s Lane No 2 Oval, Richmond)

Sunday, Dec 2 vs England (Waverley Oval, Waverley)

Monday, Dec 3 Semifinals

Wednesday, Dec 5 Final.

Published in Dawn, September 14th, 2018