Age ain’t nothing but a number for Peter Kirsten
Legendary South African cricketer Peter Kirsten rolled back the years with a Man of the Match performance in the Evergreen Lifestyle Cape Veterans T20 League on Wednesday.
Turning out for Cape Town Cricket Club for the first time since the 1980s at the Boon Wallace Oval, the 64-year-old dusted off the cobwebs and overcame the small matter of broken glasses to turn in a match-winning display against St Augustine.
Kirsten scored an unbeaten 14 coming in at number 5 as CTCC posted 161/8 in their 20 overs, but it was with the ball that he did the damage. His off-spinners accounted for two wickets in his first over, and then another two to finish with brilliant figures of 4-0-19-4 as St Augustine were dismissed for 108.
“It was fantastic to be back at my old club and mix with the new guys I haven’t met before,” Kirsten told VCASA after the match.
“I was told it’s Over-50, but it turned out to be Over-40s! But certainly it was a lovely day out, and clearly I’m in the side these days for my bowling rather than my batting. The ball was gripping nicely … I’m obviously dangerous when it’s pink! The batting was fun, though a bit challenging with the eyesight and me having broken my glasses this morning.
“But it was great to be out in the middle again and get a feel for it, and it certainly brought back many memories!”
Kirsten, who scored almost 23 000 First-Class runs (with a top score of 271) during his 23-year career, will be back in action on March 6 at Rondebosch CC when he’ll turn out for an SA Legends XI against the UK-based Lord’s Taverners, whose touring group will include former England captains David Gower and Mike Gatting.
“I got a bit of shock treatment today with the batting, so I’ll have to do some practising - and buy some new glasses! But I’m definitely looking forward to it, especially meeting up with the likes of Gower and Gatting again. I came up against them a lot when I was playing County Cricket for Derbyshire, so it should be good fun.”
* The Lord’s Taverners charity celebrity cricket team and supporters will be in Cape Town to support Lord’s Taverners SA at the Sporting Legends Dinner at Kelvin Grove on March 7. The event will be hosted by Dan Nicholl, and will include chats from cricket legends like David Gower, Mike Gatting, Andy Caddick and Vincent van Der Bijl, as well as rugby stars Rob Andrew and George Chuter. Proceeds will go towards Lord’s Taverners SA’s various charity projects.
For more information or to book your spot, contact Ruth Mackenzie
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