SDCA veterans Greg Thrift and David Marshall commence NSW veterans campaign in Orange

LOCAL LEGEND: Greg Thift (JPC) will open the batting for Newcastle at the NSW Veterans Championships in Orange this afternoon.
LOCAL LEGEND: Greg Thift (JPC) will open the batting for Newcastle at the NSW Veterans Championships in Orange this afternoon.

Singleton District Cricket Association veteran Greg Thrift will be a notable absentee from this afternoon's first grade fixture between JPC and finals contender Creeks.

However the 55-year-old has a valid excuse.

Both he and PCH recruit David Marshall will commence their three day NSW Veterans Cricket campaign this afternoon at Orange.

"Eight weeks ago I was asked about playing over 50s and now it has snowballed significantly where I now have the opportunity to play for my state if I do well this weekend," Thrift told the Singleton Argus.

Thrift, who holds the representative games record for Singleton, has proven himself on the big stage when capturing first grade premierships for PCH, Glendon and JPC respectively.

BIG NAME: Charlestown legend Steve Mace (right) will open the batting for Newcastle alongside Singleton legend Greg Thrift. Picture: Simone De Peak

BIG NAME: Charlestown legend Steve Mace (right) will open the batting for Newcastle alongside Singleton legend Greg Thrift. Picture: Simone De Peak

He and fellow opening batsman Steve Mace will now hope to guide the Newcastle representative team to glory.

"This has reinvigorated me," Thrift continued.

"I haven't been to a training session in the nets for six or seven years but now I've had five or six sessions recently to prepare for this tournament.

"Even last Sunday I played for the Mandalong Lawyers and guided them to a win against Linfield in the Sydney Classics."

MARSHALL PLAN: PCH batsman David Marshall pictured in November.

MARSHALL PLAN: PCH batsman David Marshall pictured in November.

Newcastle is scheduled to play the Macquarie Valley Goannas this afternoon while Marshall's Tamworth Hazelwoods line-up face off against Central Coast Green.

SATURDAY'S DIVISION 1 FIXTURE

  • Port Jackson Red Rockets vs. Mid North Coast Marlins
  • Riverina Drive vs. Western Wildfires
  • Macquarie Valley Goannas vs. Newcastle
  • Tamworth Hazelwoods vs. Central Coast Green

If successful, the duo may be in contention for the national championships to be held in Adelaide later in the year.