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Village celebrates cricket history

Geoff Gaggin and Roger Boyd at a cricket carnival in Lismore. Clunes will take on Lismore in an anniversary match this weekend.
Geoff Gaggin and Roger Boyd at a cricket carnival in Lismore. Clunes will take on Lismore in an anniversary match this weekend. Marc Stapelberg

THIS weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the last official Clunes District Cricket Association game.

It was a Tudor Shield Match between Clunes and the Lismore District Cricket Association.

The Clunes players and their families wish to remember this match and the many quality cricketers produced by the village and surrounds.

A game will be played at the Booyong Recreation Ground on Sunday with the pitch prepared by Eltham Hotel stalwart Greg Pearson.

It is a 40-over-a-side game beginning at 10.30am.

The Lismore Vets side is Ed Bennett, Mick Campbell, Ken Clark, Wayne Cox, Keith Doherty, Wayne Garrard, John Lee, Dave Lovett, Bob McClelland, Paul Muldoon, Glenn Roff, Gus Stevens, Scott Whitby and Kevin Wilson.

Clunes won the interdistrict game 50 years ago and boasts a proud tradition.

Prolific Clunes families such as the Trimbles, Roses, Kirklands, Osbornes, Cranes, Nobles,Collings, Moores, Schweitzers and Walshs have and continue to play significant roles in Far North Caost cricket at all levels.

The Clunes side will include luminaries such as Roger Boyd, Graham Rose, Bill Crane, Peter Gow, Ralph Gregory, John Jackson and Greg Pearson.

The Lismore side is out to restore the natural order of things where the larger metropolis takes advantage of its numerical superiority.

Any queries about the match or availabilities or further potential availabilities to Lismore captain Glenn Roff on 0477 117 199 or Clunes coach Roger Boyd on 0421 798 260.

The 16.8 Lismore Twenty20 tournament will not be held over the long weekend this year.