Hoping to make a better fist of it then the mighty Proteas, the Rollers’ older guard will represent the country against other old people when they participate in the World Vintage Cricket Carnival early next year.
The tournament, set for Cape Town from March 21-27, features players 35 and older, with teams travelling from as far and wide as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, India, Bermuda, Barbados, England, Ireland, Scotland and Malaysia.
Around 30 teams are set to take part, with a host of former first-class players making the trip, including none other than feared ex-West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner. Will be interesting to see if Neville Cooper backs himself on the short ball against ‘Big Bird’ …
The Rollers, who play their games at the Brackenfell Cricket Grounds, so far consists of Dave Hillman, Jacques Laubscher, Jacques Wahl, Neville Cooper, Gerald Jooste, Pierre Marais, Mark da Silva and Nico Rheeder, with Jakes Oberholzer also in the mix.
Entries received so far are from Fingletoads, Kiwi Crusaders (both New Zealand), Fingletoads Internationals (various), Wheatons, Western Australia Masters, Australian Cricket Society (all Australia), Shropshire Over 50s, Sussex Goldies (England) and Bermuda Police.
The South African sides are Western Province Cricket Club Chairman’s XI, Western Province Cricket Club 3A XI, West Coast Rollers, Claremont, Cape Town CC, Elgin, Edgemead, Gardens Old Boys, Scorpions, Midmar Golden Bulls and Bellville.
Still to confirm Florida Masters (95% certain), Worcestershire Over 50s (80% certain), Hollywood Golden Oldies (95% certain), Beyond Boundaries, India (75% certain), Barbados Masters (50% certain) and South London Association of Gentlemen (30% certain).
Not Looking Likely: Royal Selangor Cricket Club, Malaysia, Saxon Warriors, England, Hercules Cricket Club, Netherlands, Ulster Grasshoppers and Sunny Bilkha, India.