Enjoy the cricket

THERE are 42 laws in cricket, but participants in Lismore's Masters Games tournament will be operating under rule No 43.

According to Masters Games cricket co-ordinator Geoff Gaggin, the unwritten rule No 43 is pretty simple.

“The 43rd law is the most important one, and that is to exercise some commonsense and to enjoy yourselves,” Gaggin said.

“When some Masters people have come here in the past they have come here to take on the world and to walk away as champions.

“But what the Masters Games is all about is getting together with your mates and finding out you're not as good as you used to be.”

Some of the legendary local crick-eters taking part in the the Masters Games this year can also be found at other times running around for an Over-40s team known as the Lismore Emerging Greys - or Legs XI.

Team members recently warmed up for the Masters Games tournament at the South-East Queensland Over-40s carnival.

Although they fielded a similar team to the one that claimed the title the previous year, the Emerging Greys lost to the Brisbane Kookaburras on the second day to ruin their chances.

Now team members will diverge into various teams for the Masters Games starting today at 1pm.

The tournament features 15 sides, 195 players and teams from as far afield as Port Macquarie, Dorrigo and Quirindi.

One of those players still going strong is 77-year-old John Lee, who has taken part in every Masters Games since its inception in 1999, and still plays third grade club cricket for Eastern Districts.

“We play in an Over-40s tournament every January long weekend and he (Lee) stills open the batting for us,” Gaggin said.

Cricket's 2009 Masters 'legend', Bernie MacDonald, will also take part.

Gaggin predicts the East Lismore Bowling Club team to be tough to beat 'as long as they don't resort to under-arm tactics'.

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