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The Barossa Council, Media Release, 24 October 2022

Don’t be fooled by their age because some of Australia’s most elite cricketers are out to prove they can “knock ‘em for six” when they converge on the Barossa for the Veterans Cricket Australia Over 50s Cricket Championships.

From 20 November, 42 teams across 5 Divisions will play four games over five days on South Australia’s finest turf wickets with Tanunda, Angaston and Greenock included among the venues outside the metropolitan area.

Spectators are welcome to watch each team play 45 overs when the action commences at 11am each day.

But it’s not all hard work for the cricketers. They will enjoy a day off to visit wineries and take in the sights before the Championships conclude with a T20 charity match at Chateau Tanunda on 26 November.

The Barossa Council Mayor Bim Lange said the Over 50s Veterans Cricket Championships is the largest ever to be held in Australia and would attract an influx of tourists.

“Barossa has a proud sporting history so it’s fitting that we are hosting cricket’s elite veterans,” Mayor Lange said.

“We look forward to offering some of our Barossa hospitality to interstate visitors.”

Recent investments are now paying dividends according to Mayor Lange, with modern new sporting facilities proving to be a valuable drawcard.

“This is what The Big Project is all about, investing in new infrastructure to attract major events and boost sports tourism,” he said.

Championship Director Anthony Telfer said because Australia currently holds the world title, there will be plenty of talent and skill on show, especially during the finals held at Tanunda and Angaston.

“All the guys who are playing here are the best over 50s cricketers in Australia,” Mr Telfer said.

“At the end of these nationals, the team will be selected to go and represent Australia at the World Cup in South Africa so there’ll be plenty of good cricketers to see.”


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