Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival
1 - 8 April 2018
Golden Oldies Cricket has been played in various parts of the cricketing world since 1984 when the first Golden Oldies Cricket Festival was staged in Auckland in the month of February. With teams from Australia, New Zealand, England, USA, Canada, Rarotonga and Bermuda the Festival was a wonderful success.
The very first day of Golden Oldies Cricket was played on the Opening Day of the Festival when all 34 teams played on 17 turf pitches on the Auckland Domain. The late Mike Denness, former captain of England who was an inaugural Golden Oldies Cricketer observed that while he was at 1st slip for his game, he was at fine leg for another and deep mid-off for a third game in the vicinity. Despite all games being in close proximity there were no unfortunate accidents and a thoroughly enjoyable day launched Golden Oldies Cricket.
Taking part in the Festival were ex Internationals from Australia-Neil Harvey, Sam Trimble and Ron Archer; from England-John Edrich and Mike Denness; from New Zealand-Bevan Congdon, Barry Sinclair, Bob Cunis, John Sparling, Trevor Barber, Walter Hadlee and Bert Sutcliffe.
Since the Auckland Festival, subsequent World Festivals have played in Brighton, Brisbane, Vancouver, Birmingham, Cape Town, Colombo, Harrogate, Barbados, Queenstown, Adelaide and Christchurch. After 34 years of regular Festivals the 18th will see a return to Christchurch - the last Christchurch Festival was staged in 1992.
The return to Christchurch will see teams playing their cricket on excellent pitches on the magnificent Hagley Park Complex and on district club grounds throughout Christchurch and its surrounds. Christchurch is rightly seen as being a stronghold of New Zealand Cricket being the home city of the talented Hadlee family-4 of whom represented New Zealand-Walter and his sons Barry, Dayle and Sir Richard. It is also home town to Stephen Fleming and Graham Dowling-both outstanding batsmen who also captained their country with distinction and to a long list of players who have represented New Zealand.
Christchurch is steeped in the traditions of cricket and is ideally suited to host the 2018 Golden Oldies Cricket Festival. Cricket played as it should be in picturesque surroundings on good pitches and fine fields.
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