Seevent National 60+/70+
County Cricket Championship

President : Roger Dakin
Vice Presidents Henry Blofeld , Peter Baxter

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England 60's Tour Results in Australia

England retain the ASHES by winning the 2nd Test Match in Bulleen to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series

4/12/2016 England 60+ 226-9 (50 Overs) beat Australia 60+ 217-9 (50 Overs) by 9 Runs

2/12/2016 England 60+ 220-8 (45 Overs) beat Tasmania/Victoria XI 147-9 (44.2 Overs) by 73 Runs

29/11/2016 England 60+ 155-8 (45 Overs) beat Victoria Country XI 145 All Out (43.3 Overs0 by 10 runs

27/11/2016 1st Ashes Test Match at Canberra

England 60+ 193-4 (35.1 Overs) beat Australia 60+ 192-6 (50 Overs) by 6 Wickets

24/11/2016 England 60+ 165-7 (45 Overs) beat Canberra Overs 60's 115 All Out-7 (38.4 Overs) by 50 runs.

22/11/2016 England 60+ 182-5 (44.2 Overs) beat NSW City XI 156-7 (45 Overs) by 5 wickets.

21/11/2016 England 60+ 157-5 (35.1 Overs) beat NSW Country XI 156-7 (45 Overs) by 5 wickets.

All the Fixtures and scorcards can be found on the new England Seniors Play Cricket website Here

Seevent 60+ 2nd XI Cup Final

Sussex v Wales Played at Trowbridge CC on Wednesday 14 September 2016

Sussex won the toss and elected to field.

The side had the benefit of fine weather and great hospitality at the Wiltshire County Ground of Trowbridge.
The Wales innings centred on Jim Watkins who carried his bat for an unbeaten 93 out of a total of 183 - 8 from 45 overs. Watkins was dropped at square leg when he was in the thirties, and made Sussex pay dearly for the error. No other welsh batsman made more than 15 and it was not until number nine, Gareth James (11) joined Watkins that Wales looked as if they would set a challenging target. The pair put on 5 for the eight wickets and Wales had a total to defend. The stand-out Sussex bowler was Keith Rowling who took 2 – 20 in his nine overs.

When Sussex batted, John Gilbert (9-3-13-4) took four of the first five wickets to leave Sussex struggling at 29-5 and the target a long way off. Opener John Johnson had taken the anchor role, but could not emulate Watkins’ earlier effort. Johnson was eighth out with 39 out of 69 and the end came soon after as Sussex were all out for 71 from 33.2 overs, leaving Wales victors by the wide margin of 112 runs.  

Seevent 60+ 2nd XI Bowl Final

Surrey v Somerset Played at Horsley & Send CC on Wednesday 14 September 2016

Somerset  won the toss and elected to field.

Surrey started well and reached 119 – 3 when Peter Furner was out for 54, Philip Fladgate having retired hurt on 42. Skipper Graeme Howgate then  joined John Parkin (46) in a stand of 135 for the fourth wicket with Howgate hitting 97 of them. Howgate was out for 104 off 49 balls out of 144 while he was at the wicket. Adrian Procter bowled his nine overs for 34 runs, but Somerset could not rein in Howgate and Surrey ended on a challenging 275 for 5 off 45 overs.

A stand of 63 for the third wicket between Neil Johnson (33) and Rich Newport (33) gave Somerset some hope, but no batsman got beyond 33 with Adrian Procter not out on that score at the end of 45 overs with Somerset still 47 runs short of Surrey’s score.  Pick of Surrey’s bowlers was Neil Sunderland with figures of 9-1-34-3.

Seevent  O70 - Final

Worcestershire v Hampshire

7th September at Trowbridge 

With the two Finalists coming from the West group, Hampshire having removed Sussex and Worcestershire having defeated Surrey, the Final was played at the Wiltshire County Ground of Trowbridge on a hot sunny day.

Hampshire, in possessing England opener and prolific run getter Micky Swain, have amassed some pretty high scores this season and so it proved again. Despite Neil Blackey departing early, Swain and Ian Watson were in full control, racking up 259-1 in the 45 overs, Watson making 108 not out and Swain 140 not out.

Worcestershire's cause in the field being somewhat hampered by one of their front line bowler's John Brooke being unable to bowl.

This was always going to be a tall order and when Worcestershire went from 66-0 to 78-3, losing their top three, Keith Middleton, Julian Lawrence and Trevor Knowles to Stuart Hicks and a Watson run out, that was that, Barry Briscoe kept it all ticking over with 69 unbeaten, but the result was never really in doubt.

Worcestershire concluded their innings on 211-5.

Swains ‘ 140 took him to an outright League record on 1st XI aggregates, beating fellow England opener Martin Pearse’s 1004 in 2008, with the latter coming a very a close second in 2016 with 1271, both in 15 innings and not including the 230 + runs both scored in recent Ashes Test Series, well over 1500 runs each.

Congratulations and many thanks to Christine Davies of Trowbridge CC for all the hard work, for the arranging of the ground and teas and to Peter Mathias of Wiltshire Seniors. Also to the two Umpires, Ron Dawson and Anthony Reed.


The 8th Seevent Final  Over 60 1st X1

Kent v Cheshire

6th September 2016 at Lutterworth CC 

Another trouble free conclusion to the eighth 1st X1 Final saw the Lutterworth ground completely flooded after a freak storm at the weekend. So much so, there was shock on the players faces, used to two months of bone hard tracks. And it was damp, overcast, spitting with rain. Shades of two years ago.

Cheshire warmed up thoroughly led by their England 70+ Vice Captain Chris Lees.  Kent were a little more laid back-Rupert turned up half an hour before the start, quite early it seems. Cheshire won the toss and hard  Northerners always field first. It is in their DNA. Just as soft Southerners bat first. It is historic. (Norfolk can’t make up their minds.

Immediately, Cheshire were celebrating when the dangerous Chris Swadkin, edgy for once, was caught and bowled by Mike Cushion. But then a long stand ensued, between Andrew Dixon, very tall, very white haired, very dogged and, luckily no relation, Chris Tarrant, a leftie, shorter, barrel chested and bustling...

This stand lasted for circa 28 overs until, eventually Dixon threw caution to the wind and was smartly stumped by Graham Coull for 27 off 74. Tarrant and Jim Phillips then started to dominate. Phillips (if a team was selected today for Australia he would walk it), clips the ball beautifully off his legs and with Tarrant attacking the long on boundary, the score went to 170-3 in circa 38 before the latter was caught for a very valuable 84 in 113. Wickets sacrificed meant Kent ended up on 203-7, not where they really wanted to be, but still on the board. Star for Cheshire was Howard Morris, veteran of many Finals, 9-4-21-2. Great figures.

And the sun was by now shining brightly....

Cheshire’s innings mirrored Kent’s, ... Not easy. John Edwards displayed his Caribbean roots, but fellow cricketer Rupert Staple nearly had him a number of times. Nick Sharp played on and then Jim Phillips came on and after 4 balls of trickery, had Edwards heading for the pavilion, 28 off 48, 50-2 in 16. Lady luck then showed its hand when Paul Mitchell was run out by a direct hit from Andrew Dixon from 50 yards, 65.3 in 20.

Bernie Bishop (54) and Colin Norbury (47) then started to dominate, but Kent had the ace up their sleeve bringing on Chris Swadkin and Colin Breed then had Bishop stumped. Swadkin’s floaty left arm spin, slower than his run up, accounted for 4 Cheshire wickets for 25, as they fell away at the death, always slightly behind, but still in contention. Derek Towe also contributed well with 3-26 as the game concluded on 44.5, Cheshire 190 all out, Kent victorious by 13 runs.

The MOM was difficult to judge. Jim Phillips damaged Cheshire badly, as did the whirling little dervish Chris Swadkin, despite a rare batting  failure. However 84 in a National Final is  a massive contribution, and so the 8th Final MOM was awarded to Chris Tarrant

So Cheshire still remain 3 times as Champions, Kent twice and Norfolk, Essex ,and Somerset once each .

Many thanks to Geoff and Katherine Baxter for all  their hard work: the ground, food, everything at Lutterworth and for the great spread afterwards.

Also to Myra Isterling and Tim Redsell for the scoring and to Mervyn Mann and former Leicestershire CCC player John Harrop for umpiring.


263 opening partnership as Sussex beat Hampshire by 10 wickets. Here are the two centurions Peter Goodsell and John Johnson. Their partnership is the highest ever recorded in Sussex seniors cricket in a championship match.

Instruction and Guidance for Umpires - June 2016

The Seevent Board strongly recommends that all Umpires standing in its competition (at whatever level) be covered by insurance in any event that they be sued for negligence under Health and Safety Laws or other.
This might arise if any player(s) be injured and it can be proven that this transpired because of a wrong decision made relevant to fitness of play, to include ground, light or weather (to include lightning).
Every Umpire officiating in the Seevent Competition must therefore take the time and trouble to read and understand the latest recommendations from the ECB/ACO regarding fitness for play and to comply with the Laws of Cricket. It is not the responsibility of the Seevent Board to publicise these recommendations.
However when and where possible the Seevent Board will post on its website any changes to the current advices (June 2016).
All current members of the ECBACO are automatically covered by insurance which is included in their annual subscription. Anybody who is not a member of the ECBACO (to include anyone who has not renewed his/her ECBACO membership) who stands in the Seevent Competition is strongly advised to make their own arrangements regarding this personal and necessary insurance cover.
For further guidance please contact the Seevent Hon. Secretary in the first instance.

Graeme Howgate


Seevent Playing Regulations 1.4

Please note that is no actual cut off time to comeplete a match and that all matches should be completed if at all possible as per Playing Regulation 1.4.

The Close of Play Time is ONLY used for the calculation of overs remaining to be played following an interruption. If, in the opinion of the umpires, the conditions for the players are safe, and the light playable, the match will continue until the required number of overs has been bowled or one side has won.

Martin Pearse


Constitution, Rules and Regulations

These have been updated as a result of the decisions at the AGM and can be found via the Constitution, Rules and Regulations page.
It is essential that Captains, Organisers and Umpires are familiar with them for the coming season.
The Committee have agreed the following by way of clarification:

Qualification of players:

Rule 2 (b): All players must be registered on the Seevent National 60+/70+ County Cricket Play-Cricket website. No unregistered player will be permitted to play in any Championship match. Click here for the guidelines on how to register your players for the Seevent Championship.

Rule 2 (h) is new and means that a player may not play for their 2nd XI once he/she has played 7 or more games for the 1st XI in the coming season.
This helps define the words ‘regular members of the 1st XI’ in Rule 2 (i).
2(i) is meant to cover using 1st XI players making up the numbers in the 2nd XI, rather than genuine cases of borderline 1st/2ndXI players. Counties will want to use common sense in following this rule and not debar players from having a full game of cricket.

The reference to ‘current international players’ in 2 (i) means those who represented England in the season 2015 or in 2015/16 overseas. If Counties want to play such a player in their 2nd XI for whatever reason, they should contact the Secretary. A list of current internationals will appear Here shorlty.

Players who are not eligible for a County or Wales under Rule 2 (b) require special registration. Counties and Wales should ensure that such ineligible players are specially registered with the Secretary before they play in a match. A list of such players will appear Here shortly.

Penalties for playing an ineligible player are set out in Rule 2 (g).

Dave Yorath


The new Season is nearly upon us and everything is in place for 2016.

The Committee has restructured both of the International Teams, being very aware of the amazing difference and improvement in the standard of the Australians 60+ side last year. We expect that there will be similar improvements in this years Australia 70+ side.

In the 60’s, the new Captain is John Foster (Shropshire) and the Vice Captain is Chris Swadkin (Kent). Both are top performers with stats to match in ECB 50 /Seevent Cricket and Representative Cricket. The Manager is Andrew Clarke (Shropshire) and the two advisors are Martin Pearse (Norfolk) and Richard Owen (Derbyshire), last years 60 Selectors.

In the 70’s, the new Captain is Martin Pearse (Norfolk) and the Vice Captain Chris Lees (Cheshire,) again replicating stats with their 60 counterparts. The Manager is Barry Briscoe (Worcestershire) and the two Advisors are Dr Gil Collins (Hampshire) and Hugh Milner (Sussex).

The Committee  would like to thank both Martin and Hugh, who as respective Captain/Managers for the 60’s and 70’s have both put a lot of time and energy into the International games with a lot of success.  Martin won 12 Internationals with 1 Tie and 3 losses (2 Wales, 1 Australia).
Hugh  won 7 Internationals including 2 test series against Australia and lost a test series to Wales 60+/65+ by 2 games to 1.

The 60’s Team to Australia has been selected folowing the nets at Leicester and the 25 who attended the nets was whittled down to 16 with 1 further player likely to be added. The16 players already selected can be found on the Internationals page.


Please remind all your scorers and all your officials who enter scorecards that all losing teams should be allocated the appropriate number of batting and bowling bonus points. The winning team receives the standard 22 points for a win only.

Batting Bonus Points : Up to a maximum of 5 are awarded at 125, 150, 175, 200 and 225

Bowling Bonus Points : Up to a maximum of 5 are awarded for every two wickets taken eg at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Seventh Seevent DMS National County Over 60/70 Cricket Championship AGM

Minutes of the 2015 AGM held on 25th November 2015 can be read by clicking here

Post Meeting Note: Under Item 111.6 in the AGM MInutes, the Committee notes that by way of preamble to the discussion and resolution of this item, Bill Early, as representative of  certain 70+ Counties, explained the consensus that the 70s Counties had come to on numerous issues at the request of the Chairman, who had asked for this to be done so as to reduce agenda time. However, despite this request and the consensus provided prior to the AGM, there was considerable discussion on these proposals and this also covered a host of 70s related matters. The vote of all Counties being able to vote on 70+ matters changed the dynamic somewhat, , plus some  original 70+Counties changed their vote from the original consensus

The Constitition for 2016, ratified at the AGM is available via the menu on the left of this page. This document includes the 2016 Rules as Appendix A and 2016 Playing Regulations as Appendix B. These are also available via the "Rules & Regulations" option as in previous years. The Constitution also includes Appendix C; Code of Conduct and Player Behaviour, 2016.


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