Two cricketing stalwarts are closing on major milestones as Sportsmans’ Clint Yeates and Wanderers’ Shayne Bidwell eye 10,000 runs. In the entire history of the Geraldton Cricket Association, only two players have gone past the 10,000-run mark — Bernie Knight in 2005 and Bruce Gillingham in 2006. Now two more could join them in the space of a weekend as Yeates is just seven runs away and Bidwell 42, with the all-rounder also just six wickets away from the 600 mark. Yeates said the milestone had not been on the forefront of his mind. “It’s been pretty much all in coaching the kids and running around with them, so I haven’t really thought about it too much to be honest,” he said. Batting has been tough this season, with bowlers dominating, and Yeates does not think anything is a given in cricket. “I’m not there yet; you never know, I could get two ducks on the weekend but to join two other greats of Geraldton cricket will be a huge honour,” he said. “The bowling has been outstanding and I think the batting will come; it’s just about adjusting. A lot of players coming off different winter sports want to feel bat on ball until they settle in.” Regardless of whether Yeates gets there this weekend or not, he has no desire to slow down. “I think what drives me is as long as l love and still enjoy training, which I do, I’ll keep going,” he said. “I’m still only 37. I’ve still got a lot of cricket left in me and I want to keep playing as long as I can and hopefully one day get to play with my son. “As the saying goes, once you stop you stop, so I’ve got no interest in doing that.” Yeates and Bidwell started playing in the competition around the same time, with the two facing off plenty of times over the years. “In the early days I didn’t score too many runs against him and now I still don’t,” Yeates joked. “We’ve had some great battles and to play against him over the journey has been a great privilege.” The two will face off once again when the Wanderers play Sportsmans at 11am Saturday at GBSC Sports Park.