As with myriad cricketers before him, Gavin Bickerstaff’s long cricket journey has led him to the game’s veteran ranks.
Having turned 50, and thus qualifying for veterans cricket, Bickerstaff will play for Tamworth at the over-50 state championships at Orange, starting Sunday.
The Bective East lower-grade player, a one-time first-grader in Queensland, Canberra and at Bective, feels comfortable about transitioning to this stage of his cricket experience.
Bickerstaff, a batsman-keeper, said he had heard it was “quite enjoyable” playing vets cricket, so he decided he would “give it a go”.
He said cricket was “very much” a lifelong passion, and it was always his plan to segue into the vets format.
“I’ve been playing cricket in Tamworth now for probably 15-20 years,” he said.
“I’ve just enjoyed playing – all that type of thing.”
“It’s [vets cricket] not life or death but you go out to win, play hard,” he added.
Playing mainly third grade for the Bulls this season, Bickerstaff has scored 209 runs at an average of 26.86 and with a highest score of 95.
The state championships end on Tuesday.