Calling keen over-40s for Sri Lanka trip



GOLD Coast Tweed cricketers have a chance to play in Sri Lanka later this year but there is just one catch - you have to be over 40.

The Queensland Cricketers Club is searching for a few more players to add to their line-up for the World Festival of Cricket in Sri Lanka in April.

Gold Coast Cricket president and Cricketers Club Over 40s representative Nev Taylor said the group still have room for more players.

"We know there are some good over 40s players down on the Tweed," he said.

"We have the nuculeus of a side but we can always use some extra players.

"It is a reasonably serious competition - like all over 40s games.

"But we don't have a (tournament) winner at the end because we don't get to play every team. They do award the best bowler and batsmen of the tournament though.

"It is all good fun."

Taylor said the competition was held every two years and attracted a large number of teams from all over the world.

"The last one was held on the Sunshine Coast two years ago and attracted 58 sides from across Australia and around the world," he said.

"Two years before it was in Canada and before that - New Zealand. I did the New Zealand one it is fantastic. Taylor said the event would be held in late July and those interested can call him on 0418787727.

Meanwhile Taylor said the Gabba Sports Cup first grade Round 12 matches will now be played as one day games after day one was washed out on Saturday.

He said the games would now start at 12.15pm (Queensland time) with the first session going through to 2.55pm. The second 40 over innings would start at 3.05.

The Tweed-based games were the first to be cancelled at the weekend with the Tweed Shire Council moving to close the grounds. Taylor said most of the games set down for Beenleigh and Gold Coast grounds were called off early on Saturday morning but the Palm Beach Currumbin v Terranora match almost got on.

"Palm Beach has purchased a supersoper and equipment and it almost paid off," Taylor said.



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