Veteran Hoxton Park wickie keeps on keeping

ADRIAN Smith is still playing cricket at an age when many of his peers are spectators.

At 51, the Hoxton Park wicketkeeper/batsman, is an integral member of the Fairfield Liverpool Cricket fourth team which is third in the Sydney Cricket Association competition.

With two competition rounds to go, the Lions look set to make the finals.

"I played grade cricket for Bankstown many years ago and this is my first season with Fairfield Liverpool," Smith said.

"For many years I also played with the Southern Districts club in shires cricket.

"Steve Luc who is chairman of selectors and a former player, has been a mate of mine for many years and he got me to the club and I am glad I did.

"I love playing the game and enjoy it and the training keeps me fit. I'll be playing again next season."

With fourth grade starting at 12.30pm each Saturday, it gives him the chance to see his sons, fast bowler Nathan, 25, and promising batsman Jeremy, 20, play in the morning for the Lions.

"Nathan has played first and second grade this season and Jeremy plays second grade," Smith said.

"It's good that I get to see my sons play then I head off to my game."

Lions club president Richard Gerdes said Adrian Smith was a good mentor to the younger players.

"The fourth grade team has a good mix with some of the boys from last year's Green Shield under 16s winning team and a couple of guys who have come back to the club after a few years away," Gerdes said.

"Adrian is the oldest player at the club.

"He's fitter than 98 per cent of players at the club.

"Skipper David Mason has done a great job of bringing them all together."

Fairfield Liverpool Cricket Club has only won the fourth grade title once in its history and that was in the 2008-09 season. Nathan and Jeremy Smith played in that team.

Smith is general manager with the Australian Foundation for Disability at Prestons.

He said working in the disability services industry was a rewarding occupation.

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