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All roads lead to the Adelaide Oval

Sitting here on day three at the Adelaide Oval, contemplating this world class sporting venue for the Nationals in February 2022, enjoying Cameron Green bowling heat and creating pressure on the English skipper. Out!

Joe Root snicks off, caught Steve Smith bowled Cameron Green!

It’s official SAVCA have secured the Adelaide Oval for one game for the Nationals to be held in Adelaide in February.

The game will be played on Monday 21st February 2022 between the South Australia & Queensland.

This has all been made possible with the support of Andrew Sinclair, President of the South Australian Cricket Association.

Andrew is also a current SAVCA player with the Over 50’s Adelaide Ezy’s and a great supporter of Veterans cricket in South Australia.

“There will be 12 South Australians who will get the opportunity to play on the iconic Adelaide Oval. Every cricketers dream” Mr Sinclair said.

The game will be played on day 2 of the 2022 Veterans Cricket Australia Championships and will be a division 1 game.

Tournament Director Anthony Telfer, has been in discussions with the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority over the past 12 months, after Western Australia secured the WACA in 2019.

“It was always a goal to secure the Adelaide Oval, but with continuing Covid issues it was appearing that it would not be possible as Cricket Australia’s rescheduling created uncertainty. The rescheduling of the championships to February 2022 ensured a game could be played. The Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority have been fully supportive since we first commenced discussions.” Telfer commented.

“The game will be followed by a sportsman night featuring a number of former test cricketers at the Magarey Room in the Adelaide Oval. The night will be hosted by Former Australian player Wayne Phillips. All teams will be encourage to wear a floral/Hawaiian shirt to celebrate the days game and set the scene for the rest day on the Tuesday.” Telfer stated.

In addition, the players Meet & Greet will be held on the terraces of the historic Adelaide Oval scoreboard on Saturday 19th February while the final presentation will be held in the Magarey Room in the Southern Riverbank Stand on Thursday night, 24th February.

The home base for the championship will be held in the MTX Club, also within the Adelaide Oval stadium, where players can catch-up with players from others states at the end of each days play for a meal and few quite drinks!

A record number of 44 teams will compete at the National Championships in February with 2 visiting teams also entered from New Zealand.

“44 teams, 5 divisions of 8 teams represents in excess of 500 cricketers. Add officials partners, family & friends and we are expecting over 600 people to attend the 3 functions scheduled for the Adelaide Oval. The planning of these Championships commenced in 2019 and we can’t wait to showcase what both Adelaide and the Adelaide Oval have to offer.” concluded Telfer.

The significance of the photo taken on day 3 of the Adelaide Test with Andrew Sinclair & Anthony Telfer at the Keith Bradshaw Bell, Keith Bradshaw was a great supporter of veterans cricket providing access to SACA ovals & training facilities over the past 2 years.

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