Spitfire
Championship

Internationals and Tours 2011

 

Australian Tour - November & December
Chairman's Overview

The initial party of a dozen people travelled to Shanghai and all were thoroughly pleased they included this part in their itinerary. Shanghai makes London look like a village in comparison. Wall to wall, horizon to horizon sky scrapers, of architecture not seen in the West (very often). The boat trip to the South China Sea took 1½ hours to get there and sky scrapers were still evident half way there! One cannot comprehend the cleanliness of the place, not a drop of litter anywhere, very cheap, brilliant food for £3 - £5 and very cheap taxis (ours was £6 for a 15 mile journey from the apartments). The hop on, hop off bus was used to good effect and 7 Rolex copies (as purchased by a certain someone) were haggled/beaten down to a total of £12 for the lot. And the weather was very hot, but not unpleasant. So Shanghai recommended.

On arrival at Sydney at lunchtime Monday, we met up with the 40+ people from London who had arrived early and of course, as any seasoned traveller knows, couldn't get into their rooms until approximately 2pm!! So there were a few problems, especially as one Hotel had got the bookings/bedrooms wrong…. Lots of married couples in twins and twins in doubles…

Based in Chinatown it was easy with the tram system to see the beauty of Sydney . However, the 2 Test Matches were played at Manly, an hour away by ferry and tram and the friendlies/social matches even further (another half hour). And Australia is ferociously expensive. Unless you drive a gas guzzler, in which case you will love it because petrol is 40% cheaper than England and France . The quality of steaks, and eating out, were miles better on a general basis than the average English ‘gastro pub'. Downside, that to celebrate your 50 or 5 wickets, pints were up to £7 each……

After Sydney we travelled (and travelled) on the train – stopping at every station and one for 4 hours due to acid on the track – to Armidale, 11 hours. And then found the ‘Breakfast' was a one mile walk. So 2 miles there and back.

The Carnival Cricket will be covered elsewhere, but the Test Match at the Armidale Sports Club was a well watched affair – interviews with Foxtel TV - with luminaries such as John Gleeson and Geoff Dymock in attendance. The latter played in the Carnival but wasn't selected for their Test side. After the match the official dinner, an amusing speech by Peter Fitzsimons and a non-speech by the missing Martin Couch. We then found rain, and more rain – it rained solidly for 2 days, flooding Armidale. So we hired a car and saw the many lovely falls. And what a spectacle, (Dangar Falls especially) as with the torrents of rain the rivers rushing to the falls were the highest they have ever been in the last sixty years according to the locals.

Another day on the train back to Sydney and then the Saturday taken up by travelling to Melbourne 1½ hours away. Sydney is a beautiful city and well worth a few days, especially if you find a Hotel overlooking the harbour areas.

On arrival in Melbourne , the rain had followed us and cricket was in danger all week as proved when 2 Test Matches were washed out. However, one was rearranged and –played at one of the prestigious private schools grounds. The Spitfire O70 representative X1 played Australia 70 twice, however, and won one and lost one. Congratulations to Roger Maynard on his 100!!

The cricketing facilities in Victoria for the Test side were by far and away the best and the outfields resembled English grounds in the shortness of the grass.

After Australia , it was 2 days in Singapore and the heat/hot weather finally arrived. Singapore in 90% heat and with unbelievable Christmas decorations up in Orchard Road , where we stayed. Wall to wall shopping arcades - all brands - including top designer ones, massage parlours, bars, pubs, money changers, tailors, restaurants – it is a city that never sleeps. So, as you will see on the photo section when it is published, that the gin slings in Raffles cost 26 Shanghai dollars and that Singapore Cricket Club is rather genteel. Sorry I didn't take my camera or I could have taken the pictures of the long room at the MCG, a very sophisticated section overlooking the Test Arena, with a restaurant and bar, for MCC Members only.

The Future

It is likely, in the future, Australia Test Squad will come to us every 4 years and we will reciprocate likewise. There will be only a Test Squad and any Social cricket organized will be a separate Tour. However, the Spitfire Committee will concentrate ‘Social Tours' in Europe only for the time being, as it is considered far too dear and non cost effective any further afield. For the ‘Test Squad' the only Countries that match up to our standards are, at present, Australia and South Africa .

In thanks

We must thank the following for all their efforts and hospitality. We made lots of friends and all the Australian players we met are welcome in England any time, and we would hope to get them cricket in the area they choose to reside in, temporarily.

In Sydney – Bill Sadler and Stirling Hamman

In Armidale – Kevin Pike, John Bell, Brian Breakspear

In Melbourne – Rob Wilson, Rob Agg, Warwick Hatfield, Neville Crane, David Barnes, Ross Hibbens, Gary McFee

Plus, all the helpers, Ladies that kept our stomachs full, Groundsmen and Coach Drivers. And big thanks to Alan Jones for his immaculate scoring sheets - everything in different colours and very neat.

Finally the Cricket

Well, we kept our record. Australia nearly beat us in the first, a big wake up call, as our running between the wickets and general batting lethargy left a bit to be desired.

The scores seem very low, but in the first three matches, the outfields were incredibly long and the wickets slow, so a score of 100 was probably 150-175 in England , 150 being 225-250 etc.

Star of the show was undoubtedly Keith Daniels, as he can bat (98*), bowl (5-0-11-5) and he can field into the bargain (2 catches). Ray Swann underpinned the middle order with unbeaten knock of 40 and 73, but the fact we fielded first in every single game meant the very strong batting had little or no chance, so Daniels 98* showed every opportunity was vital.

We also compartmentalised the fielders and the maximum fielding time taken in any of the five Tests played was 2hours 40 minutes—for 50 overs.

The fielding was extremely good with lots of diving stops, Stuart Lott's in the first Test running out Bell setting the tone, and bowling was very good, Jim Smallbone the star, with Alan Cook, Daniels, Stuart Lott Chris Lees, Mark Shimmons, Alan Hitchmough, Ray Swann, Kevin Pratt, all having their moments. Unfortunately both Lott and Lees were injured early with knee ligament damage, so their Tours were over. Lees, however, became our bus driver and did a phenomenal amount of, probably, unthanked extra work collecting buses half an hour away and having to drive them through the interminable Melbourne traffic. Never again will we organise buses or coaches as this element added a lot of confusion and vast expense to the Tour. For the players involved, however, even if the majority by dint of age and newcomers coming in, are not involved in the next Tour, they all have their memories of being part of the first English Test Squad to travel to Australia and remain unbeaten.

England returns victorious

Norfolk O50 and O60 opening bat and England O60 Captain Martin Pearse has returned from the first England O60 Cricket Tour to Australia victorious as England remained unbeaten in five Tests.

‘With Australia having travelled to England twice, we felt we should accept their invitation to play over there. We picked the strongest side we could, from all 33 Counties, from the leading run scorers and wickets taken, with fielding a vital component. Only a couple of original selections were unavailable and we had a squad of 16, with two of the leading bowlers injured virtually immediately.

We played the first two Tests at Manly Oval, Sydney and, amazingly, the wicket was awful with great chunks coming out in the first innings and from inch grass in the outfield. The first Test was a tie, 145 each and the second we won chasing 96, getting them for 4, Pearse top scoring with 29. In the main Ashes test at Armidale, Northern NSW on Australia Foxtel TV, Australia totalled 109 in their 50 overs, England were cruising at 28-0 until Pearse was unnecessarily run out for 10 and England collapsed to 58-5. However, eventually the visitors won by 3 wickets with 2 overs left.

In the final 2 matches, in Victoria , Melbourne , England won both easily and here the wickets were superb and so were the outfields.

There was constant rain in Australia , for seven consecutive days, so 2 Tests were washed out.As Captain it was a great honour to be part of the inaugural Test side, leaving these shores. All details of the Tour are on this Spitfire National O60 County Championship's Website – see "Internationals and Tours"

The squad comprised Martin Pearse (Norfolk Captain), Bob Eames (Devon), Keith Daniels (Glos), Ray Swann (Northants), Mark Shimmons (Sussex), Ian Brown (Cheshire), Chris Lees (Cheshire), Steve Lynch (Bucks), Stuart Lott (Devon), Kevan Pratt (Essex), Richard Owen (Derby), Jim Smallbone (Hants), Alan Cook (Leics), Alan Hitchmough (Cheshire), Martin Hall Hants) Ted Levey (Herts).

Our fielding and running between the wickets was vastly superior, as was our batting. Their bowling was very good – even Geoff Dymock and John Gleeson couldn't get in the Test squad – both were at Armidale, as was Evan Chatfield for New Zealand.

As in a lot of ‘Masters' sports, England reigned supreme and only South Africa would be on a par with Australia. There is no facility for Over 50/60 cricket in India , Sri Lanka , Pakistan or West Indies , so there is no chance of playing them. However, we have played Australia now 8 times, winning 7 and one match tied.

Of great interest to Australian TV was the presence of Ray Swann, father of Graham, and rated once as the best cricketer never to play County cricket.'

1st Test Match (Manly, 15th November, Australia won the toss): Australia 145-7, 50 ovs (Alan Hitchmough 3-21); England 145-8, 50 ovs (Ray Swann 43*); Match Tied.

2nd Test Match (Manly, 16th November, Australia won the toss): Australia 96, 46.3 ovs(Chris Lees 4-21, Jim Smallbone 3-17); England 98-4, 29.5 ovs (Martin Pearse 29); England won by 6 wkts.

3rd Test Match (Armidale, 22nd November, Australia won the toss): Australia 109, 48.3 (Jim Smallbone 3-15); England 110-7, 43.5 ovs; England won by 3 wkts.

4th Test Match (Melbourne, 27th November, Australia won the toss): Australia 167-6 (Mark Shimmons 3-21); England 169-3 (Keith Daniels 98no); England won by 7 wkts.

5th Test Match (Geelong, 29th November, Australia won the toss): Australia 172 (Ian Fraser 80, Keith Daniels 5-11); England 175-3 (Ray Swann 73no, Ted Levey 47no); England won by 7 wkts.

6th Test Match (Casey Park) 1st December: Rained off; England won the series 4-0 with one match tied.

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Match Reports

How the local papers reported the game, click for larger image

1st Test Match
Australia 60+ v England 60+, Manly Oval, Tuesday 15th November 2011
A sea change from English wickets, as the tourists found the famous Manly ground is a double up – Rugby League in winter (on the square) and cricket in summer: plus this was the start of their summer .....

At first the wicket looked grassless, watered and rolled but as the match progressed, the cracks appeared, getting bigger and bigger, until literally one inch chunks broke away. Quite disconcerting! However, the wicket was so slow, there was no danger as such.

Australia , on winning the toss, elected to bat, and opening bowler Alan Hitchmough soon removed Gallagher, Breakspear and Chapman to reduce Australia to 29 for 3. When a stunning dive by Stuart Lott caused John Bell, the Australian lynchpin, to be run out , 36 for 4 did not augur well for the home side. However, they rallied with a stand of 70 between Ray Halling and Dave Kavanagh, the latter finishing unbeaten on 52 and Australia finished on 146 for6. Star bowlers were Alan Hitchmough 10 – 4-21-3 , Chris Lees 10 -2- 26- 1 and Ray Swann 8- 1- 20 -1.

England 's reply stuttered, as the Australian spinners Col Cooke, the former Queensland opener, and captain Ron Axelby were extremely accurate. England debutant, Ian Brown was unable to influence proceedings without his judges wig and on going back instead of forward to one from Axelby was trapped LBW – result England 6 for 1. When Bob Eames (11) and Martin Hall (10) went in close succession, England were on 36 for 3 in the 18 th over. Steve Lynch and Keith Daniels put on 41 in 13 overs and seemed in control until the latter missed an inswinger and was bowled for 19. Lynch, who was technically correct and having difficulty penetrating the field, then unleashed the shot of the match – a big straight 6 before being caught out leaving England needing 43 from the last 9 overs. Stirling Hamman removed England captain, Martin Pearse for 0 and when Alan Hitchmough was stumped also on 0, Australia appeared to be favourites. Swann then showed his class with an unbeaten 43, to take England, with Lees, into the last 2 overs needing 18 for victory. Lees kept his head, hitting 11 valuable runs, but on the last ball with England needing 1 for victory, unaccountably decided to block and run and was adjudged LBW. Result a tie – a first and a big team fine for Lees, which he will never be allowed to forget!

Martin Pearse

1st Test: Australia 60+ v England 60+, Manly Oval, 15 November 2011
Match Tied
Australia 60+ won the toss
Innings of Australia 60+
J Bell + run out  
13

 

M Gallagher c Lott b Hitchmough
0

 

B Breakspear   b Hitchmough
1

 

R Chapman
c & 
b Hitchmough
12

 

R Haling   b Lees
42

 

D Kavahagh not out  
52

 

S Hamman c Owen b Swann
3

 

D Axelby not out  
16

 

N Kratzman    

 

R Axelby *    

 

C Cooke    

 

Extras

b 1

lb3

w 2

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

Total ( 6 wkts,50 overs)

145

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Chris Lees
10
2
26
1

 

 

Alan Hitchmough
10
4
21
3

 

 

Stuart Lott
10
2
23
0

 

 

Kevan Pratt
8
0
36
0

 

 

Ray Swann
8
1
20
1

 

 

Keith Daniels
4
0
15
0

 

 

 

Innings of England 60+
Bob Eames c Bell b R Axelby
11

 

Ian Brown lbw b R Axelby
1

 

Martin Hall c Bell b Cooke
10

 

Steve Lynch c Chapman b Hamman
23

 

Keith Daniels   b Paterson
19

 

Ray Swann not out  
43

 

Martin Pearse *   b Hamman
0

 

Alan Hitchmough st Bell b D Axelby
0

 

Chris Lees lbw b Hamman
11

 

Richard Owen +    

 

Kevin Pratt    

 

Extras

b 6

lb 6

w 15

 

 

27

 

 

 

 

Total ( 8 wkts,50 overs )

145

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

C Cooke
8
1
22
1

 

 

R Axelby
10
2
19
2

 

 

N Kratzman
2
0
3
0

 

 

A Patterson
8
2
16
1

 

 

B Breakspear
3
0
13
0

 

 

D Kavanagh
4
0
16
0

 

 

D Axelby

7
1
20
1

 

 

S Hamman

8
0
24
3

 

 

2nd Test Match
Australia 60+ v England 60+, Manly Oval, Wednesday 16th November 2011

On the same wicket, Australia on winning the toss again decided to bat. England immediately gained the ascendency with newcomer Alan Cook, frugal as ever, and Chris Lees reducing the home side to 12 for 2. Opener Nev Kratzman hit the ball hard, but then slow bowler Jim Smallbone reduced Australia to shreds taking 3 wickets for just 6 runs. After that the home side always struggled and with Lees gaining three in his second spell, Australia were bowled out for 95 in 46.3 overs. Chris Lees finished with figures of 9.3 – 2 - 21 - 4 and Smallbone's 10 - 0 – 17 - 3 play him into the test side at Armidale.

In reply, Martin Pearse and Ted Levey surprised the home team with some much quicker running between the wickets than the previous day, and the result never really looked in doubt, with 30 up in 12 overs and 55 in 20. This would not have been good enough on English wickets but was perfectly acceptable here. Levey played on when on 12 and then Hitchmough provided the entertainment, filmed by the Manly Daily, with a wonderful trip which ended in an undignified heap. Pearse (29) underpinned the innings until he missed a full toss to make it 76 for 3. Martin Hall added a quick fire 27 which enabled England to win by 6 wickets in the 29 th over.

2nd Test: A ustralia 60+ v England 60+, Manly Oval, 16 November 2011
England Won by 7 wkts
Australia 60+ won the toss
Innings of Australia 60+
N Kratzman c Owen b Smallbone
26

 

G Winney   b Lees
1

 

R Chapman c Owen b Cook
1

 

D Axelby   b Smallbone
6

 

S Kavanagh   b Smallbone
1

 

J Matchett c Eames b Lott
26

 

B Breakspear not out  
21

 

D Trueman run out  
0

 

C Cooke   b Lees
0

 

A Patterson st Owen b Lees
3

 

R Axelby *   b Lees
0

 

Extras

b1

lb1

w 9

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

Total ( all out,46.3 overs)

96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Chris Lees
9.3
2
21
4

 

 

Alan Hitchmough
2
0
4
0

 

 

Alan Cook
10
5
13
1

 

 

Jim Smallbone
10
0
17
3

 

 

Stuart Lott
10
0
20
1

 

 

Ray Swann
4
0
19
0

 

 

Keith Daniels
1
1
0
0

 

 

 

Innings of England 60+
Martin Pearse * lbw b Matchett
29

 

Ted Levey   b R Axelby
12

 

Alan Hitchmough run out  
6

 

Martin Hall   b Matchett
27

 

Ray Swann not out  
8

 

Bob Eames not out  
6

 

Keith Daniels    

 

Chris Lees    

 

Stuart Lott    

 

Alan Cook    

 

Richard Owen +    

 

Extras

lb 2

w 7

nb 1

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

Total ( 3 wkts,29.5 overs )

98

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

C Cooke
8
1
27
0
 

 

R Axelby
10
4
19
1
 

 

D Axelby
3
0
15
0

 

 

J Matchett
4.5
0
25
2

 

 

S Kavanagh
4
0
10
0

 

 

         

 

 

3rd Test Match
Australia 60+ v England 60+, Armidale, Tuesday 22nd November 2011

This was highlighted as the first ever ‘Ashes Test' between Australia and England at over 60 level on their own soil. A large crowd and Foxtel T.V. were there to witness the battle for the coveted ‘urn' and the weather stayed true, albeit overcast at times. In hindsight this was lucky, because the next two days produced potential rain none stop.

The Australian team was selected on the Monday night after two rounds of their carnival, and half the side were making their debuts. Captain John Bell, the former Queensland wicket keeper and coach, won the toss and asked England to field. This was gratefully received, as England would have taken advantage of the lack of heat in the atmosphere, and the typical English conditions.

As it was, Australia struggled from early on when Rob Agg was trapped LBW by Chris Lees for 6. The latter promptly tore a medial ligament which meant an unfortunate end as he limped off. However, Ray Swann, father of England 's Graham, was on top form, and bowled nonstop to record a superb analysis of 9.3 – 4 – 16 – 1. This effectively sealed off any chance the home side had of making a big score, especially as Alan Cook (68 years old and with a very bad cold and cough) completed his 10 overs nonstop at the other end with figures of 10 - 2 – 25 – 0.

This meant Australia had only 50 on the board after 23 overs, with the dangerous looking Neil Bulger (21) back in the pavilion caught by Jim Smallbone off the bowling of Ray Swann. After 40 overs, Australia were 87 -5. Opener Ian Frazer's long vigil at the crease ended with the score on 99 and a personal score of 42 from 121 balls. Smallbone's analysis of 8.3 – 1 – 15 – 3 earned him the man of the match and he was backed up by superb ground fielding and tidy spells from Devon's Stuart Lott 10 – 3 - 21 – 1 and Keith Daniels (Gloucestershire) 7 – 0 – 20 – 2. The total of 109 was not expected to be nearly enough.

This seemed true as openers Martin Pearse ( Norfolk ) and Bob Eames ( Devon ) cruised into the 8 th over with the score on 28, looking very comfortable indeed. Fate struck when Pearse was needlessly run out, but runs kept flowing until in the 14 th over with England on 48 -1 number 3 bat Alan Hitchmough ( Cheshire ) was adjudged L.B.W. for 6 and immediately Eames fell in the same way for 24. Australia gained the ascendency when Martin Hall (Hampshire) having become frustrated, was caught at mid on and Swann cut one straight to gully, leaving England on 54 – 5 in 18 overs.

Game on..... However, Steve Lynch (Bucks), technically correct, and Keith Daniels were equal to the task, and the score edged upwards, aided by consecutive fours through extra cover by Lynch, until Daniels also fell L.B.W. An unpopular decision by the batsman.

Lynch was still there and was joined by Richard Owen ( Derbyshire), who had earlier claimed three wickets behind the stumps. These two took the score to 97 from 37 overs before Lynch was caught behind for an extremely valuable 17 from 56 balls; in fact it was a major shock to find he had not scored more as he had seemed well in command. Owen, well pumped up mentally, and Lott were equal to the task and saw England home to a three wicket victory in the 44 th over, Owen on 13 and Lott on 3.

 

3rd Test Australia 60+ v England 60+, Armidale, 22 November 2011

 

England won by 3 wkts
Australia 60+ won the toss
Innings of Australia 60+
I Frazer c Swann b Daniels
42
 
R Agg lbw b Lees
6
 
N Bulger c Smallbone b Swann
21
 
J Scales   b Smallbone
2
 
R Haling c Daniels b Smallbone
0
 
T Stevens st Owen b Lott
11
 
S Hamman run out  
9
 
B Kratzman st owen b Daniels
1
 
A Reid c Owen b Smallbone
5
 
J Bell *+ run out  
4
 
R Phillips not out  
0
 

Extras

lb 2

w 6

 

 

 

8
 

 

 

 

Total ( all out,48.3 overs)

109
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 
Chris Lees
3.3
1
8
1

 

 
Alan Cook
10
2
25
0

 

 
R Swann
9.3
4
16
1

 

 
Jim Smallbone
8.3
1
15
3

 

 
Stuart Lott
10
3
23
1

 

 
Keith Daniels
7
0
20
2

 

 

 

               
Innings of England 60+
Martin Pearse * run out  
10
 
Bob Eames lbw b Hamman
24
 
Alan Hitchmough lbw b Axelby
9
 
Martin Hall c Kratzman b Hamman
6
 
Ray Swann c Reid b Hamman
1
 
Steve Lynch c Bell b Bulger
17
 
K Daniels lbw b Hamman
7
 
Richard Owen + not out  
13
 
Stuart Lott not out  
3
 
Jim Smallbone    
 
Alan Cook    
 

Extras

b 4

lb 7

w 9

 

 

20
 

 

 

 

Total ( 7 wkts,43.5 overs )

110
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 
R Axelby 9 2 17  

 

 
R Phillips 2 0 15  

 

 
B Kratzman 9.5 0 28  

 

 
N Bulger 10 4 13  

 

 
S Hamman 10 5 16  

 

 
T Stevens 3 1 10  

 

 

4th Test Match
Australia 60+ v England 60+, Brighton Grammar School , Melbourne, Monday 28th November 2011

With the Sunday match at Bulleen completely washed out, the 4 th Test Match was rearranged for the next day at a private school ground – Brighton Grammar School – and a very good one it was as well.

Australia , on winning the toss, batted. No surprise there then. England would have fielded anyway, given the conditions and the added virtue that the temperature was due to hit 30 ° C at lunchtime.

Immediately Australia changed their normal profile with newcomer Ian Rowland hitting out from the word go. It wasn't long, however, before long a deep square leg and deep mid wicket were in place and Hitchmough's full toss was snared by Bob Eames on the mid wicket boundary. After the initial 28 in 8 overs, Australia found life very difficult on a slowish track and at 29 overs had reached 79-2. The introduction of Mark Shimmons saw wickets tumble with an analysis of 8-1-22-3, and after being 165-4, lost three wickets for nothing to end up on 167-7, a total that never would be enough.

So it proved, although Levey, after 13 balls was bowled for 1 and Australia thought they had a sniff when Steve Lynch was caught behind by John Bell, the ex Queensland keeper, for 19. Ian Brown (16) kept the runs ticking over, but a very good innings by Keith Daniels, with 14 fours, primarily with cover drives and sweep – in fact virtually all – found the latter needing 2 for a well deserved 100, when Rob Agg's wide was run (accidently) leaving the Gloucestershire opener high and dry. Accompanying him at the death was the asterisk star, Ray Swann, on 16.

4th Test; Australia 60+ v England 60+, Brighton Grammar School Melbourne, 28 November 2011
England won by 7 wkts
Australia 60+ won the toss
Innings of Australia 60+
I Fraser
c & 
b Smallbone
15

 

I Rowland c Eames b Hitchmough
19

 

R Headlam c Levey d Daniels
34

 

R Agg c Lynch b Shimmons
32

 

R Haling st Hall b Shimmons
27

 

D Grove not out  
16

 

J Scales   b Shimmons
1

 

J Bell run out  
0

 

G Field    

 

R Edmunds    

 

A Pritchard    

 

Extras
         
13

 

 

 

 

Total ( 7 wkts,50 overs)

167

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Alan Hitchmough
10
0
34
1

 

 

Ray Swann
10
2
23
0

 

 

Jim Smallbone
9
1
25
1

 

 

Kevan Pratt
5
1
21
0

 

 

Keith Daniels
8
1
32
1

 

 

Mark Shimmons
8
1
22
3

 

 

 

Innings of England 60+
Keith Daniels not out  
98

 

Ted Levey   b Field
1

 

Steve Lynch c Bell b Prtichard
19

 

Ian Brown c Headlam b Costello
16

 

Ray Swann not out  
16

 

Alan Hitchmough    

 

Kevan Pratt    

 

Mark Shimmons    

 

Bob Eames    

 

Martin Hall +    

 

Jim Smallbone    

 

Extras
         
18

 

 

 

 

Total ( 3 wkts, 48.5 overs )

168

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

G Field
10
4
29
1

 

 

R Edmunds
10
3
28
0

 

 

A Pritchard
9
1
25
1

 

 

J Costello
10
0
30
1

 

 

J Scales
6
1
28
0

 

 

R Agg
2.5
0
18
0

 

 

I Fraser
1
0
5
0

 

 

         

 

 

5th Test Match
Australia 60+ v England 60+, Kardinia Park, Geelong, Tuesday 29th November 2011

The facilities in Victoria were by far and away the best, overall, and the Geelong wicket was considered a belter by all the England side with an outfield as true and fast as Lords. A top grade state facility.

On winning the toss, Australia batted and opener Ian Frazer found conditions and the England bowling far more to his liking. However, Alan Cook struck early on Owen stumping Des Fuss for 7. Ron Headlam, man of the match the previous day, then slotted one to Kevan Pratt at mid off, off the steady bowling of Alan Hitchmough, to make Australia 43-2 in 14. Australia 's progress was more noticable than in previous match as Fraser, despite his apparent tiredness, didn't look in any trouble. However, with the score on 122-3 in 35 and Fraser on 80, he fell to Swann on the deep mid wicket boundary, caught by Keith Daniels, moved there only moments before.

Captain Rob Agg manfully tried to stem the tide, but the introduction of ‘death' bowler Keith Daniels, put a nail in Australia 's coffin with a 5 over analysis of 5-0-11-5, three bowled and two caught, to finish Australia off for 172 in the 50 th over.

Faced with 172, Australia struck immediately when Martin Pearse played on for 0, but Mark Shimmons (26) and Alan Hitchmough (27) were both untroubled, in a stand of 42 in 7 overs. Both were somewhat unlucky, Shimmons playing on and the Cheshire no3 caught well by Fraser, but Ray Swann (73 not out) and Ted Levey (47 not out) put together a stand of 118 unbeaten to seal the win in 43 overs.

The sixth Test at Casey Fields was rained off.

5th Test; Australia 60+ v England 60+, Kardinia Park, Geelong, 29 November 2011
England won by 7 wkts
Australia 60+ won the toss
Innings of Australia 60+
I Fraser c Daniels b Swann
80

 

D Fuss st Owen b Cook
7

 

R Headlam c Pratt b Hitchmough
2

 

J Mason   b Shimmons
14

 

R Agg c Owen b Daniels
24

 

I Marks run out  
13

 

A Pritchard c Swann b Daniels
4

 

R Edmonds run out  
7

 

D Grove   b Daniels
0

 

G Field   b Daniels
0

 

J Costello not out  
9

 

Extras
         
8

 

 

 

 

Total ( all out, 50 overs)

172

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Alan Cook
10
0
29
1

 

 

Alan Hitchmough
9
1
31
1

 

 

Jim Smallbone
10
0
39
0

 

 

Ray Swann
10
1
29
1

 

 

Mark Shimmons
6
0
25
1

 

 

Keith Daniels
5
0
11
5

 

 

 

Innings of England 60+
Martin Pearse   b Field
0

 

Mark Shimmons   b Edmonds
26

 

Alan Hitchmough c Pritchard b Field
27

 

Ray Swann not out  
73

 

Ted Levey not out  
47

 

Martin Hall    

 

Bob Eames    

 

Keith Daniels    

 

Richard Owen    

 

Kevan Pratt    

 

Alan Cook    

 

Extras
         
3

 

 

 

 

Total ( 3 wkts, 42.5 overs )

176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

G Field
8
2
31
2

 

 

R Edmonds
7
0
41
1

 

 

J Costello
6
1
22
0

 

 

D Grove
7.5
1
29
0

 

 

J Scales
10
3
31
0

 

 

A Pritchard
4
0
20
0

 

 

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Home Internationals

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1 v Australia, Friday 19th August, at New Rover CC, Leeds, 12 Noon

Match Report:
After the 2009 Tour when England won both matches, by 9 wickets at Sheffield and by 120 runs at Sunbury, the 3rd Test between the two countries was eagerly anticipated. The Australian side was the best available from all the six States and had warm up matches in Singapore and Malta . However, in truth, their hectic schedule has done them no favours, as anyone who is not used to Inter Continental travel will tell you !! Arriving a mite tired to say the least, they were pitched into warm up matches with the English Champions, Cheshire on the Tuesday and back to back matches in Yorkshire the following two days.
So playing again on the Friday against a very strong, England XI was probably not what the Doctor would have ordered!! Especially as the Squad of 14 was already beset by injuries, and gained another couple during the International.

Arriving at New Rover CC, on the Northern Leeds ring road, they found a truly superb picturesque ground and facilities, with all preparation by the legendary ex Headingley Groundsman, Keith Boyce.
And TV crews from Sky And Yorkshire TV to record the event. In truth, all they wanted  to do was interview the two  local players chosen... Miles Rawlings and Phil Taylor!
However, The Daily Mail recorded the fact that the Swann R. on the team sheet was the Father of you know who-and that he was representing England Under 60's.

The England Captain Richard Owen from Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat, opening with Miles Rawlings (Yorkshire) and Bob Newman ( Essex ), the leading run scorer this season.
 A steady start foundered when Newman (Bish Bosh to his followers) forgot he wasn't batting with Malcolm Wright , and in the ensuing mix up, Rawlings was on the way back to the pavilion.
Australia were ecstatic when Newman , on 26, smashed a long hop straight to Ian Frazer (Tasmania) off the accurate bowling of Arthur Pritchard, (Victoria), at cover, little knowing  what was to come.
 No 3, Bob Eames (Devon) and Northamptonshire's Swann , started circumspectly- and then accelerated through the gears as if it was a County match, dismantling the Australian attack. The stand of 204 saw the tall and elegant Eames the first player to record an International Century and Swann will most likely be kicking himself for pulling a muscle and missing a few quick two's mid innings, as he was out caught last ball for a superb 99. Has the younger Swann tweeted that ?? As his Dad has scored well over a 100 hundreds, far more than Junior ever will, maybe he has.

A little cameo from Gloucestershire's Keith Daniels with 16*, but the most unfortunate was Bob Ogden ( Leicestershire) who didn't get to the crease. Final total 284-4

The Australian openers started brightly but then it all went away from them, very, very quickly. Rob Agg (Victoria0 was bowled by the bustling Essex opener Kevan Anderson for 9 and Pritchard was caught by Rawlings off new debutant Richard Powell from Cheshire. Three sharp stumpings from Owen removed Ross Chapman ( Queensland ), Brian Breakspeare from New South Wales and Frazer, so that Australia were 42-5 and effectively finished. Ken Last (Tasmania) threw the bat, until he became the fourth stumping victim and Owen will treasuire the memories, 4 stumpings for the first time in his career and in his first ‘Ashes' Test! Plus, all the tourists thought he must have played first class! In the end the visitors ended up on 137-8 so a victory for England by 147 runs. Powell 10-5-27-2 was backed by Kevan Pratt 10-4-15-2 and Anderson 10-4-41-3. Phil Taylor also recorded a very tight 10 overs for hardly any runs conceded.

Australia now move to Neath where they play Wales and then back to England for the Second Test at Sunbury on Thursday 25th

England 60+ v Australia 60+, New Rover CC, 19 August 2011
England 60+ won by 135 runs
England 60+ won the toss
Innings of England 60+

Bob Newman

c Fraser

b Pritchard

26

 

Miles Rawlings

run out

 

5

 

Bob Eames

 

b Pritchard

109

 

Ray Swann

c Last

b Pritchard

99

 

Keith Daniels

not out

 

16

 

Bob Ogden

 

   

 

Richard Powell

     

 

Phil Taylor

     

 

Richard Owen

     

 

Kenin Anderson

     

 

Kevin Pratt

 

 

 

 

Extras

b 2

lb 6

w 21

 

 

29

 

 

 

 

Total (4 wkts, 50 overs)

284

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall of Wickets

1-9

2-45

3-249

4-284

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Col Cook

6

0

27

0

 

 

Ron Axelby

8

1

23

0

 

 

Arthur Pritchard

10

0

58

3

 

 

Brian Breakspear

2

0

12

0

 

 

Dennis Axelby

7

0

36

0

 

 

Ian Fraser

5

0

27

0

 

 

Ken Last

2

0

16

0

 

 

Rob Agg

8

0

59

0

 

 

John Bell

2

0

16

0

 

 

 

Innings of Australia 60+

Brian Agg

 

b Anderson

9

 

Arthur Pritchard

c Rawlings

b Powell

8

 

John Bell

not out

 

58

 

Ross Chapman

st Owen

b Anderson

5

 

Brian Breakspear

st Owen

b Anderson

4

 

Ian Fraser

st Owen

b Powell

1

 

Alan Reid

 

b Pratt

2

 

Dennis Axelby

 

b Pratt

5

 

Ken Last

st Owen

b Swann

38

 

Doug Trueman

not out

 

2

 

Ron Axelbury

 

 

 

 

Extras

b 9

lb5

w 3

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

Total (8 wkts, 50 overs)

149

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall of Wickets

1-18

2-18

3-27

4-41

5-32

6-45

7-63

8-146

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Kevin Anderson

10

4

41

3

 

 

Richard Powell

10

5

27

2

 

 

Phil Taylor

10

5

16

0

 

 

Kevin Pratt

10

4

15

2

 

 

Keith Daniels

8

0

35

0

 

 

Ray Swann

2

1

1

1

 

 

 

       

 

 

2 v Australia, Thursday 25th August, at Sunbury on Thames CC, Surrey, 12 noon

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

3 v Wales, Sunday 28th August, at Llanarth CC, Nr Raglan

Llanarth is situated in an incredibly picturesque area and the ground itself is on a slight plateau. Arriving early – we left Norfolk at 6.45 and were at the ground at 10.45, it was obvious it was a toss to win. Heavy rain on the Friday had covered the square as in most of Britain .

England, losing the toss, were inserted and lost Andy Hurworth caught by the keeper off a rather unplayable ball for 0 in the fourth. Ted Levey was joined by newcomer John Lund and the pair slowly cemented a partnership with England 69-1 off 20. Wales' fielding throughout was extremely good, so much so, the batsmen were concerned about risking a run out. As the wicket dried, batting became easier and 106 off 27 became 160 off 37, before Levey was out for 79 off 105. Lund was the caught in the 43 rd over for 89 and little cameos from Mark Shimmonds 16 off 10, Chris Lees 4 off 3 and debutant Bill Munday 9 off 8 saw England to 212 – 4 off 45. ‘Did not bat' were Martin Woodward Martin Pearse Peter Rose Neil Chitty and Mike Watson

Contrast fortunes as Wales had 81 on the board after 11 with Peter Hall and Ryland Wallis murdering the short bowling. Three wickets for 13 in 10 overs saw England fight back as Martin Woodward and Lees restored normality to the proceedings, but England had to find penetration outside their 18 overs, and it wasn't to be; the massive ex second row John James, either prodded forward, or smashed it and one straightforward regulation boundary catch was not sighted by the fielder, when he was on very little. His 67 off 43 was the difference and with the O50 and O60 injured bowler Ron Walton, promoted to no 5 backing James up with a gritty 54* to seal the deal. Wales winning in the 43 rd over, a good fight back from England , but not nearly good enough on the day.

Congratulations to Wales on a great victory and many thanks to Llanarth CC for superb hospitality and food. A lovely place to retire to as one of our Norfolk International players, Ian Battelley, is doing as we speak and will no doubt be lining up for Wales next year – a valuable addition to their squad.

Wales 60+ v England 60+, Llanath CC, 28 th August 2011
Wales 60+ won by 6 wkts
Wales 60+ won the toss
Innings of England 60+

Ted Levey

c Hall

b Walton

79

 

Andy Hurworth

c Wallis

b Betterley

0

 

John Lund

c James

b Walton

89

 

Mark Shimmons

c Voke

b Walton

16

 

Bill Munday

not out

 

9

 

Chris Lees

not out

 
6

 

Martin Pearse

     

 

Martin Woodward

     

 

Peter Rose

     

 

Neil Chitty

     

 

Mike Watson

 

 

 

 

Extras

 

lb 7

w 6

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

Total (4 wkts, 45 overs)

212

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall of Wickets

1-12

2-180

3-200

4-200

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Peter Betterley

9

2

33

1

 

 

Colin Davies

9

1

27

0

 

 

Gwyn Price

6

0

25

0

 

 

Gordon Voke

7

0

31

0

 

 

Peter Hall

5

0

25

0

 

 

Ron Walton

9

0

64

3

 

 

 

Innings of Wales 60+

Peter Hall

 

b Woodward

41

 

Ryan Wallis

run out

 

41

 

Malcolm Lewis

 

b Woddward

0

 

John James

 

b Chitty

67

 

Ron Walton

not out

 

54

 

Gwyn Price

not out

 

1

 

Peter Betterley

 

 

 

 

Colin Davies

 

 

 

 

Gordon Voke

 

 

 

 

??

 

 

 

 

??

 

 

 

 

Extras

b 6

lb 2

w 1

nb 4

 

13

 

 

 

 

Total (4 wkts, 42 overs)

217

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall of Wickets

1-82

2-87

3-94

4-205

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Chris Lees

9

1

27

0

 

 

Peter Rose

7

0

46

0

 

 

Neil Chitty

9

1

68

1

 

 

Martin Woodward

9

3

24

2

 

 

Bill Munday

4

0

20

0

 

 

Mark Shimmons

4

0

23

0

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

4th International

England O60 v Wales O60, Ombersley, Wednesday 14th September 2011
A superb ground – the best batting wicket of the Summer – in the micro climate village of Ombersley , near Droitwich, provided the backdrop to an enthralling game of cricket which kept the crowd on its toes all through. In the end, a stunning comeback by England saw them victors by 27 runs.

England elected to bat with Keith Daniels (Glos) and Bob Ogden (Leics) opening. Wales ' attack is always miserly and arrow straight, as provided by Ron Walton and the professorial Peter Bettelley, whose left arm caused England palpitations 9-2-15-1. With only 20 on the board in the 10 th . Daniels threw caution to the wind and paid the price. Malcolm Wright (Essex) joined Ogden and the two slowly started to put the foundations in place with a stand of 104 in 20 overs, before Ogden departed from well outside leg stump, trying to cut off spinner Cockell for an ebullient 77. He will be happy with that. Cheshire 's Alan Hitchmough then scored a brisk 15 before he too was caught in the deep trying to accelerate. Wright then went to a superb caught and bowled for 54 by Welsh captain Gordon Voke, still arrow straight, and brisk medium pace. A quickfire stand of 65 was needed and provided by captain Martin Pearse ( Norfolk ) and local, Martin Woodward (Worcs) and these two, with very quick running between the wickets took the score to 235 in the 42 nd when Pearse was bowled by Voke for 43. Woodward 31* lost a couple more partners (not as quick!) and England totalled 243-7.

Every top side always has the same openers, who are normally run hunters and prolific. And Wales are no different. Peter Hall (he will permit me to say) looks like a Madame Tussauds waxwork in his stance, with a grip that would give a heart attack to the purists. But he can bat, and he is very, very difficult to remove, a short backlift still allowing plenty of punch. His new opening partner, Ryland Wallis, father of current Glamorgan player, is far more conventional and a superb puller and hooker, as England found out when they accidentally stuck anything in short. So your captain was somewhat apprehensive, when seven overs after drinks, Wales were 139-0 (29 overs). However, Hitchmough, the sixth bowler is league honed and ultra professional, and a drifter bowled Hall on 59. Enter the massive second row John James, who, after being dropped at Llanarth on nothing, smashed 55 in 32 balls. Cue four and the lady luck intervened when, Pearse having placed himself at mid off, received the next ball arrow straight, low down, at maximum velocity. (Not enough time to think about dropping it.) This off Cliff Rawlings, back for his second spell. Rawlings then turned the screw with Keith Daniels tumbling catch removing Mike Staddon 154-3. Then 157-4 as Wallis, somewhat tired, was beaten all ends up by a Rawlings snorter. (I was in line – the perfect ball.)

Enter Ron Walton, father of Mark, the ex Norfolk player and Norwich City goal keeper. The score started to rise and Wales were right back in it (185 in 37) when a full blooded Pieterson style slog sweep, at 12 stone ++ ? speed (Walton here) was picked high out of the air, one handed, by Woodward. A truly amazing catch, Collingwood would have been proud of it himself. But the guy who caught it is over 60 and has a free bus pass, let us not forget!

The catch stopped poor Wales rather dead in their tracks, especially as England had a couple of aces in hand, including 5 overs from arguably one of the very best left arm spinners in 50's or 60's cricket-- Mick Kenyon, still playing for Yorkshire 50's. Every over only elicited a minimal score as Kenyon at one end and Woodward ( 3 overs), Hitchmough (2 overs) tied up the opposition, with Kenyon's analysis 9-0-32-4- proving why he was selected. The other left arm spinner, still top of his trade, Ray Waite (Northants) was 6-0-23-0 and Andy Parkyn ( Shropshire ) snared the dangerous Voke, ending on 6-0-39-1. Mention must be made of Yorkshire wicket keeper Tommy Stafford, electric and  very competent: two good  stumpings and from my vantage at slip, a third, not given but  quicker than the eye could see from 20 yards. So Wales concluded their innings on 215-9 – fitting that the final match was on the best wicket of the Summer. A tribute to Groundsman Tom Langford.

Finally, many thanks to Tom, Kevin Davies the Secretary and Jenny who provided coffee and tea, a superb feast mid-innings and their bar lady!

Also, to the Umpires and Scorers.

Martin Pearse

England 60+ v Wales 60+, Ombersley, 14 September 2011
England 60+ won by 27 runs
England 60+ won the toss
Innings of England 60+
Keith Daniels c Jones b Bettelley
9

 

Bob Ogden   b Cockell
77

 

Malcolm Wright c & b b Voke
54

 

Alan Hitchmough c Davies b Voke
15

 

Martin Pearse *   b Voke
43

 

Martin Woodward not out  
31

 

Cliff Rawlings c Davies
2

 

Mick Kenyon run out  
0

 

Andy Parkyn not out  
4

 

Ray Waite    

 

Tommy Stafford +    

 

Extras

b 2

lb 3

w 2

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

Total ( 7 wkts,45 overs)

242

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall of Wickets

1- 20

2- 124

3- 148

4- 169

5- 234 6- 234 7- 237    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Peter Betterley
9
2
15
1

 

 

Ron Walton
8
0
42
2

 

 

Mike Cockell
9
0
75
1

 

 

Colin Davies
6
0
34
1

 

 

Gordon Voke
9
0
44
3

 

 

Peter Hall
4
0
27
0

 

 

 

Innings of Wales 60+
Peter Hall   b Hitchmough
59

 

Ryland Wallis   b Rawlings
81

 

John James c Pearse b Rawlings
4

 

Mike Staddon c Daniels b Rawlings
3

 

Ron Walton c Woodward b Kenyon
10

 

Mike Cockell   b Kenyon
35

 

Gordon Voke * st Stafford b Parkyn
8

 

John Morris st Stafford b Kenyon
1

 

Colin Davies c Pearse b Kenyon
2

 

Brian Jones not out  
1

 

Peter Betterley not out  
0

 

Extras

b 2

lb 7

w 1

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

Total ( 9 wkts,45 overs )

215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall of Wickets

1- 139

2- 143

3- 154

4- 157

5- 185

6- 204

7- 207

8- 215

9- 215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Cliff Rawlings
9
0
45
3

 

 

Ray Waite
6
0
23
0

 

 

Martin Woodward
8
0
37
0

 

 

Andy Parkyn
6
0
39
1

 

 

Mike Kenyon
9
0
32
4

 

 

Andy Hitchmough
7
0
30
1

 

 

 

       

 

 

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