Port Lincoln over 60 cricketer New Zealand bound

VETERAN: Colin Murdoch dons the baggy green as he prepares to play for Australia in an over 60s team tour of New Zealand.
VETERAN: Colin Murdoch dons the baggy green as he prepares to play for Australia in an over 60s team tour of New Zealand.

A local veteran cricketer will take his cricket to the next level when he represents Australia in a tour of New Zealand early next year.

Colin Murdoch has been selected for the Australia Over 60 squad that will tour New Zealand from February 22 to March 11.

He is one of two South Australians selected.

Mr Murdoch has been playing cricket since he was about 10-years-old, starting at Wynarka in the south east.

Now in his 60s, Mr Murdoch has been involved in the Port Lincoln Cricket Association for 12 years, including as a player for Tasman.

However Mr Murdoch said he and his wife had spent the 300 nights in a caravan last year and had travelled to locations including Echuca and Hamilton in Victoria to play.

However it was his performance at the Veterans Cricket Australia Over 60's Australian Championships in Penrith last month that earned him selection.

“I set myself a goal, that I didn’t think I would reach when I started playing over 60s cricket, which was to play at the highest level I could,” he said.

“I had a good carnival...but I still wasn’t convinced.

“I was surprised, was overjoyed and nervous at the thought of getting selected.”

Mr Murdoch said cricket was his favourite activity because it was good for the whole body, was enjoyable and was a great way of meeting people.

Veterans cricket has been on the rise in Australia since the first over 60s game in the world was played in Brighton, Victoria in 2003.

Today veterans cricket is played in every state across three age groups; over 50s, over 60s and over 70s.

Veterans Cricket Australia has promoted the sport for those aged 50 or older as a great way to develop friendships and to promote physical and mental wellbeing.

Mr Murdoch said the people who played across Australia were like him, they had been committed to cricket for so many years.

“I’m fitter now than I was 10 years ago because I play over 60s cricket and I am serious about it,” he said.

“There’s a lot of people my age that are fitter, healthier and happier because over 60s cricket is around.

“A five team competition plays on Sunday in Adelaide, all someone has to do is contact one of those teams and say ‘I’ll be in Adelaide on Sunday’ and they will get a game.”