Evening League Final preview: Who says T20 is a young man’s game?

Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson

Who says Twenty20 cricket is a young man’s game?

For Doncaster Town - who will face Warmsworth at Tickhill on Wednesday (6pm) in the Doncaster & District Infirmary Evening League Senior Cup final - are doing their best to disprove that theory.

Expected to open the bowling for Town at Alderson Drive is club stalwart Nick Johnson, at the tender age of 63.

And he’s not the only one rolling back the years for Doncaster in the shorter format of the game.

“Alan Stoves and I have developed a cracking opening partnership with the ball,” said Johnson.

“He’s 49 and I’m 63, so it adds up!

“It’s the oldest opening partnership at the club.

“Although Luke Townsend, the Evening League captain, has been threatening to bring Nick Cowan back so me and him can be the oldest!

“We’re not getting it on the sympathy vote,” he added. “We’ve been getting it because we’re getting the openers out.

“In the Evening League once you get the first four or five batsmen out, you’ve made big inroads.”

After a bout of septicaemia in 2010 and a hip operation in 2011, Johnson had thought his playing days were over - until the chance came last year to don the whites again.

“About half way through the season last year I was in the nets helping the ladies team, who I coach, with their bowling when the Evening League captain walked past,” said Johnson.

“He said ‘what are you doing tomorrow night?’ and got me to play a game at Sprotbrough, having not played for four years.

“I played, everything went well, I got wickets and I’ve played pretty much every game since.”