PORT Macquarie duo Darrell Nash and Greg Hall will pad up for New South Wales at next week's national veterans championships in Perth.
It will be Nash's first time representing his state, while Hall will take his state appearance tally to two after making the team that competed at Orange last year.
The duo still argue the competitive streak is almost as strong now as it was when they were younger.
"As much as it's fun and there is a camaraderie about veterans cricket, it's still quite competitive," Hall said.
Veterans cricket is one of the fastest-growing participation sports in Australia as evidenced by the increase in numbers set to head to Western Australia.
"Last year there were 18 teams (who competed) in Orange, but this year in Perth there will be 28," Hall said.
"In our Mid-North Coast teams, we've gone from having six or eight players three years ago to now having 58 on the books."
Hall said having one of his Mid-North Coast teammates also making the trip west would provide a sense of relief.
But the selection process tried to ensure all players had at least one teammate from their local region.
"It helps when you've got someone in your team (but) they do try and coordinate it so they're picking guys from the same region in similar teams," Hall said.
"There are also guys from Central Coast, Riverina and Narrabri that you meet who you would never have met in your life."
The five-day tournament will double as a selection trial with the Australian veterans team to be picked for next year's World Cup in South Africa.
"You strive to make that team and it would be fantastic," Hall said.
"But there are some quality cricketers in veterans cricket and a lot are ex-state players when they were younger who are still hanging around hitting the ball well as well."
"There's style about the batsmen who are technically correct, not like the kids."
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