Sport

Eric Streat hit for six by Aussie selection

ON THE BALL: Gympie cricketer Eric Streat will travel to New Zealand next month as part of the Australian over-60 side.
ON THE BALL: Gympie cricketer Eric Streat will travel to New Zealand next month as part of the Australian over-60 side. Greg Miller

ERIC Streat could be Gympie's Matthew Hayden.

The left-handed opening batsman never made a representative side as a junior, but has advanced through the ranks as a senior to wear the green and gold.

Streat may have left his run a bit later than Hayden, but his selection for the Australian over-60 side to tour New Zealand early next year is still an impressive achievement.

While the 59-year-old wasn't eligible for the over-60 National Championships last month, he benefited from the decision of Australian selectors to loosen the qualifying criteria.

"I THOUGHT the side was only going to be picked from the national titles, but they decided that people turning 60 in 2015 would also be eligible," Streat said.

"I put together a few details and nominated for a spot in the squad not really expecting to get in, so it was a bit of a shock when I got the email from selectors.

"Ross Chapman, who's been heavily involved in seniors' cricket in Gympie, was one of the selectors so that might've worked in my favour as we've played together a lot.

"They picked an Australian squad of 18, probably because it's such a full-on schedule with players over 60 there's likely to be a few more injuries than usual."

Streat will join the national squad in Queenstown on January 28, before their first game against Millbrook the next day.

They will play 10 more matches against club and district sides all over the country during the three-week tour, as well as three one-day internationals against the New Zealand over-60 team on February 4 in Christchurch, February 8 in Wellington and February 20 in Auckland.

There will be plenty of opportunity for sight-seeing while as well, including the Franz Josef Glacier, Routeburn Track, Rotorua Geysers and Mount Maunganui.

"I've never been to New Zealand before, so I'm really looking forward to the tour," Streat said.

"This is by far the highest level I've achieved in the game, as I've never played much representative cricket apart from a bit when I was down in Victoria."

Streat started his career as a 15- year-old in Murgon, and spent 18 years in Victoria before moving to Gympie in 2004.

He has played for Valleys in the local competition ever since, and currently opens the batting for the A-grade side.

While his batting ability was the main attraction for Australian selectors, Streat also keeps wicket and bowls handy medium pace, having opened the bowling for the Gympie over-40 team in their last match.

He will continue to train and play as much as he can in the lead-up to the national tour, with a Gympie over-40 match against the Queensland Cricketers Club on January 11 a key part of his preparations.

Gympie Times

Topics:  cricket



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

WEATHER: Why today will feel even hotter than predicted

The RSPCA are reminding pet owners to make sure their furry friends stay cool this summer.
Photo: Contributed

Temperatures to finally ease to usual December weather

Details emerge on victim in Gympie's horror crash

FATAL CRASH: The scene of a tragic accident in Gympie Saturday afternoon where a Cooran man, 40, lost his life.

Cooran man, 40, the victim of Saturday's Bruce Hwy crash at Gympie

How 'walking on water' gave Prowd another chance

Stand up paddle boarding is gaining popularity.

The Gympie Times' Jacob Carson learns about stand up paddle boarding

Local Partners

UPDATE: Ethan fights on as complications cause brain injury

YOUNG Gympie battler Ethan Fuller remains in hospital and is in and out of consciousness after he was rushed back into surgery last week.


Seqwater warns of blue green algae threat

When blue green algae forces the closure of Borumba Dam, the local economy of Imbil is heavily impacted.

Lake Borumba visitors warned about potential blue green algae

Katie Holmes' empowering directorial debut

Katie Holmes

KATIE Holmes as made her directorial debut

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

Santos responds but Tully says easements issue must be addressed

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!