Tamworth over-60 cricketers to contest state championships without rest day

Tamworth’s over-60 cricket side have received an unexpected hurdle heading into the state championships in Maitland.

STATE TILT: Back row: Steve Massey, Scott Holden, Ben van Aanholt, Dough Truman. Front row: Terry Murphy, Tom Kellett, Greg Kellett and Peter Boyd. Photo: Gareth Gardner

STATE TILT: Back row: Steve Massey, Scott Holden, Ben van Aanholt, Dough Truman. Front row: Terry Murphy, Tom Kellett, Greg Kellett and Peter Boyd. Photo: Gareth Gardner

Wet weather last week has resulted in the event’s start being rescheduled from Sunday to Monday.

As a result, the scheduled Tuesday rest day has been removed – meaning four straight days of cricket of one game a day.

Tamworth player Greg Kellett initially said he did not believe the removal of the rest day would affect the team’s performance in division one.

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However, he then qualified the comment by saying: “I’m hoping it doesn’t – is probably the best way to go. Like at our age, you really don’t know.

“It will probably find us out. But we’ve been putting in a bit of work, so hopefully we all pull up all right.”

On the plus side, Kellett said all the teams were in a similar position, with most likely to field 12 players. 

“Hopefully everyone keeps fit – that’s all you can do,” he said, in reference to his teammates.

Kellett said about half the team had been playing together some five years, with Tamworth joint winners with Lismore at the 2015 state titles after the final was washed out.

On Monday, Tamworth play reigning two-time champions Port Jackson.