The 17th World Golden Oldies Cricket Festival will be held in Cape Town from 22–28 March, and once again the Rollers will participate, hosting their matches at the Old Mutual Grounds in Pinelands.
Cricketers over the age of 35 (up to one redoubtable US-based player who is 82) will be enjoying good cricket and great hospitality at local cricket clubs throughout Cape Town and the winelands.
Golden Oldies Cricket was formed in 1982 and the 1st World Golden Oldies Festival took place in Auckland, New Zealand in 1984. Since then, the Festival has been played regularly (every two years) in diverse cricketing destinations including Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, Harrogate, Vancouver, Colombo, Brighton and previously in Cape Town in 1998.
The 17th Festival has attracted more than 50 teams and included amongst their number are teams called the Hungover Old Gents, International Fingletoads, Newcastle Lord’s Taverners, Griffith University Old Gits, Valley Diehards, Hawkes Bay Hobblers, Gentlemen of Nowra and the Pietermaritzburg Fat Boys -all dedicated to playing as hard as their age and agility on the field will allow and enjoying the fun, friendship and fraternity of Golden Oldies Festivals off the field.
Golden Oldies Festivals attract players from modest club level through to ex-internationals. Joining the Festival in Cape Town is legendary West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner, who is an Ambassador for Golden Oldies Cricket; wily past Australian leg-spinner Bob Holland; and South African internationals Alan Dawson, Steve Palframan, John Commins and Dave Rundle.
The Festival Patron is past South African Test player Mike Procter who, though not playing, will be a welcome part of the activities.
The Festival Week includes a Parade of teams at Newlands, an Opening Welcome Party and a Finale Awards Dinner.
Each team plays three games during the week and in the true spirit of Golden Oldies Cricket there are no trophies, as teams play for bragging rights and who will pay for the first round after the game.