Veteran cricketers across the region took part in Nationals Championships recently.

Championships were held in Perth for the Over 60s.

Victoria performed well, taking out a number of pennants.

The Vic 1 team was runner-up in Division 1.

Gippsland Goanna Ray Smith was due to play with this team but injured his calf just before the tournament.

Victoria 2 were premiers in Division 2, while Victoria 4 won the flag in Division 3.

Victoria 6 came third in Division 4, only missing out the final on percentage. Goannas Ray Floyd and Peter Anton played in this team.

Anton bowled 24 overs for the week, taking 4/87.

Floyd opened the batting, making 77 runs, with a best of 42 retired.

The Over 70s Championships were also held in Western Australia, in Bunbury.

Victoria 1 claimed the Division 1 premiership.

Maffra’s Kevin Lanigan captained the team and was joined by Goannas teammates Ian Southall and Ian Gibson.

Southall opened the bowling, and Gibson was the wicketkeeper.

The team won all their games convincingly by nine wickets (Game 1), nine wickets (Game 2), 106 runs (Game 3) and eight wickets (Final).

Southall bowled 29 overs and took 6/54 for the week, and Gibson had three catches, two stumpings, and two runouts. Neither were required to bat at all in the four games.

Maffra’s Kevin Lanigan (pictured right alongside son Ben) captained Victoria to the Division 1 Veterans Cricket Over 70s premiership in Western Australia. Photo: Contributed

Victoria 3 played in Division 2 and had three wins and a loss to finish third.

Goanna Gordon Cowling opened the bowling for this team and tore his calf in Game 2, which was the 10-run loss to South Australia 2. He was then team scorer for the final two games.

The men’s Over 55s Championships were held in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Graeme Rankin and Brenton Howe were part of the Victoria 1 team in Division 1, which won three of four games.

Rankin had three innings, with a best of 32, while Howe usually opened the bowling and took four wickets during the week, as well as four catches in the field.

Geoff Kinnish played for Victoria 2 in Division 2, which won two of four games. His high score for the week was 22.

The Over 50 Championships will take place around Melbourne this week.

The women’s Over 40 championships were held in Wollongong, New South Wales.

Victoria won flags in Division 2 and Division 3 and came third in Division 4. Division 1 had three wins and three losses.