Le Page Park Cricket Club (AUS)
Le Page Park Cricket Club is based in the south eastern suburb of Cheltenham in the city of Melbourne, Australia
Words from Luke Keen
Le Page Park Cricket Club is based in the south eastern suburb of Cheltenham in the city of Melbourne, state of Victoria, Australia. The club was formed in 1983 when two longtime clubs merged, after a number of seasons where each club were struggling for numbers.
Since that time, the club has become one of the stronger and larger local cricket clubs in the region, and this coming season 2019/20 will field 6 senior teams, 12 junior teams including 2 Girls Only teams, along with the grassroots introductory cricket programs for younger children, being Junior Blasters and Master Blasters. We pride ourselves on being inclusive and our club is very happy to be known as the “family club”, whilst still being fiercely competitive at the top level.
We compete in the South East Cricket Association, formerly the City of Moorabbin Cricket Association, which is one of the largest cricket associations in Australia, and regarded by Cricket Australia as one of the best run competitions in the country, and is also regarded as the strongest synthetic wicket competition in Melbourne, with players such as Shane Warne, Brad Hodge and Rob Quiney returning to their junior clubs within our competition in recent years to compete against our current talent.
Although the English turf wickets will be a new challenge for most of our players, we are very excited to experience the English conditions and enjoy the hospitality of the local clubs. Our first eleven team recently won the highest grade in our competition in season 2017/18.
Our team will be made up of 13 players, 6 of which are Life Members of the club, and our average age will be just under 48 when the tournament begins. We have 4 players over 50, another 4 very close to 50, another 4 between 42 and 46 and one under age player at 38.
Eleven of our players are still actually playing regular senior cricket, most of which compete in lower level cricket for the enjoyment of the game, and hence why we consider ourselves ideal for the “once were competitive” over 40’s grade.
One has never played cricket before, and one is joining us after last playing in 1992 so might be a tad rusty.
We have a pair of twins in the team, both of whom are wicket keepers (thank goodness they are not identical), and another pair of brothers. We currently have more than 2250 matches of experience in the team (actually would be much higher but we can only go on the records we have), the players combined have made over 41,000 runs, but we are a bit light on for bowling stocks with only just over 1000 wickets between us, so there will be an abundance of part time offies being delivered for the opposition teams to feast on!