Up for grabs . . . Len Anderson holds the cup named after him, for which Omakau and Valley cricket teams will compete in Poolburn on Saturday. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON


The Len Anderson Cup will be up for grabs when Omakau and Valley cricket teams face each other this weekend.

Members of the former Valley and Omakau cricket clubs will play for the 44-year-old cup in Poolburn on Saturday.

The match, which takes place “most years”, will this year coincide with a reunion of the Omakau Cricket Club.

Although the sport has changed in the district – including the amalgamation of both clubs into the Blacks Hill Cricket Club – competing for the cup still had meaning, Len Anderson said.

“It’s a good social outing and a bit of camaraderie,” he said.

Mr Anderson played cricket from 1952 to 1978.

“I was the captain of Omakau and my late brother, Pat, was the captain of Valley [when the cup first started],” he said.

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