ON THE DRIVE: Bruce Gibbs playing for the Calliope Roosters against Donovan's XI in the Country Cricket Carnival earlier this year.
ON THE DRIVE: Bruce Gibbs playing for the Calliope Roosters against Donovan's XI in the Country Cricket Carnival earlier this year. Chris Ison ROK260118ccricket1

True cricket pride for these two veterans

CRICKET: While the sport has taken a battering with the ball tampering saga, two fellas will show true pride in their caps.

Calliope Cricket Club stalwarts Russell Williams and Bruce Gibbs have been selected to play in the Over 50s National Cricket Championship in Orange this weekend.

Russell Williams led the Calliope Crocs to victory against the Mighty Mungungo team.
Russell Williams led the Calliope Crocs to victory against the Mighty Mungungo team. Jack Lawrie

The pair will represent the Queensland Grout team and Williams said the four-day competition, which starts on Good Friday, will attract some classy players from all over Australia.

"On Friday and Saturday, we play 45-over games and on Sunday it's a rest day, but we play T20" he said.

"Then on Monday it's the finals where they are 45-over matches."

Queensland Grout taken on New South Wales Kookaburras on Friday in division two before a clash against Victoria Green on Saturday and NSW Sixers on Easter Sunday.

"It's getting bigger and bigger the veteran's cricket and I know it even goes up to over 70s," Williams said. "This is Bruce and my first time."

Williams, who bats at number three or four and Calliope opener Gibbs, have had solid seasons in the Gladstone B-grade competition.

"It was good in the T20s and I averaged 50 and the rest of the season it has gone back to about 33 or 34," he said.

"Bruce has been solid all season and has been getting good starts and he treasures his wicket pretty well."

Their results can be followed on the veterans Cricket Australia website.



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