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Cricket celebrates 30 years at Bilambil

TERRANORA Lakes Cricket Club is hoping to bowl over its old boys when it celebrates the 30th anniversary of the turf wicket at Bilambil Sports Ground on April 4-5.

The weekend's festivities will include the club's annual presentation evening, a Twenty20 fixture between young and old, and the playing of the Walsh Cup, a unique one-on-one knock-out competition.

“This is the first major celebration to mark the history of our club,” Terranora president Mick Harrison said yesterday.

“It will be great to share stories from past times with the old boys, and will provide a chance for past players to meet and mingle with our current guys.

“We hope to get as many former players and their families down as possible.”

At the end of the 2007-08 season many ex-players attended the presentation evening, but Harrison is hopeful that this year's planned celebrations will attract plenty more.

One of the original XI from 1978, Tweed Daily News cricket columnist Dave Russell is excited at the opportunity to catch up with old friends and reminisce about times gone by.

“It was sensational playing back then and I'm looking forward to seeing blokes I haven't seen a while,” he said. “So many great players have come through the club, like Tony McDowell who played for Queensland, Malcolm Brown who made NSW and Bruce Francis who played Test cricket, so there are plenty of stories to be told.”

The Walsh Cup begins on Saturday with the final to be played Sunday before a Twenty20 match. The presentation dinner will be held at Saturday night.

All past and present players are invited but bookings are essential, so phone 5590 8008 or email cdonker@bigpond.net.au