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Third International at Bourne CC: England 186-8, 50 overs (Mike Byford 40, Martin Pearse 38), Australia 174-5, 50 overs (Gil Chapman 48*, Peter Harrison 36, Stirling Harmann 31*). England won by 12 runs.

A nail biting finale to the Australians Tour saw England narrowly retain their 12 match ‘Ashes’ unbeaten record, by 12 runs.

England, inserted, saw debutant Nick Andrews start brightly, but the Australians attack, very accurate, saw ex Queensland State Bowler Col Cooke gain the first scalp, that if Bob Newman for 3, lbw. England then consolidated on a bowling paradise and Andrews demise was unexpected with the score on 43-2,
in the 17th for a valuable 30.

Bob Phillips at 3 together with Rob Dumelow took the score to 80 in the 27th before the former departed off a skier for 26. Australia then rejoiced when Dumelow was run out for 24 and for 10 overs the scoreboard hardly moved as Alan Hitchmough and Martin Pearse tried to contain the extremely accurate bowling. Hitchmough on 7, received an unplayable lifter off the left arm spin of Pat Cullen
 Rain then intervened for a half hour break with England on 95-5 in 36.

Suddenly the game completely changed as Pearse took 15 off a Kratzmann over and together with Mike Byford, they plundered 72 (6 fours each on the very large ground) in 9 overs. The return of Cooke then saw Pearse depart for 38 and Byford followed immediately also bowled by Kasputtis for 40. England finally totalled 186-8, a respectable total, given the conditions. The Australian attack was deadly accurate and incisive all through and their performance was only marred by their fielding where at least 20 runs were given away. And costly, as witnessed after two and a half hours and fifty overs of England fielding later.

The Australian batting has dramatically improved as the tour progressed batting (with 14 matches in 16 days!!) and after eight overs of seam from Chris Lees and Mike Byford, Australia were 18 -0. The advent of Yorkshire spinner Phil Taylor saw an immediate return as Nev Kratzmann was brilliantly caught at slip by the agile Dumelow, a very good person to have there. Taylor was also extremely accurate, as reflected in his figures 10-3-18-2 and Australia were on the back foot, losing Peter Harrison (38) on 69 in the 26th and then Ross Chapman (19) to newcomers Nick Andrews’ eighth ball, a fast offbreak. This new period saw Australia in virtually the identical position England had been in, but luckily for the home side they didn’t possess the mid order power of England. Andrews’ spell earnt him man of the match 10-2-21-2. Stuart Lott and David Ward then held the reins and despite Australia accelerating, England managed to keep their noses in front all through this crucial period. Gil Chapman with an unbeaten 48 in 48 balls took the fight to the home side, backed by skipper Stirling Hamman, with  an unbeaten 31 in 59, but England entered the 48th over with Australia needing 37. Despite a wonderful pick up for six over square leg by Chapman, Byford’s experience prevailed and England emerged victorious in bright sunshine, by 12 runs.

 

31st July: 2nd Test: Match Cancelled

26th July at Lemmington Spa (Australia won the toss): Warwickshire 60+ 123-5, 45 overs; Australia 60+ 124-1, 33.4 overs. Australia won by 9 wkts.

23rd July at Usk (Australia won the toss): Australia 60+ 219-6, 45 overs (Peter Harrison 62, Stirling Harmann 73*), Wales 60+ 220-4, 44 overs (P Hall 90). Wales won by 6 wkts.

22nd July at Old Elizabethans CC: Australia 159-6, Worcestershire 160-5. Worcestershire won by 5 wkts.

Finally the sun came out, as the Australians arrived for this long awaited encounter, to be played on this attractive cricket ground, prepared very well for the occasion by the ground staff, especially after all the bad weather. Stirling Hamman, the Tour organiser and team captain, won the toss and chose to bat first. Play got under way at 1-30pm with Peter Harrison and Albert Barwick facing the Worcestershire opening bowlers Glyn Thomas and John Goodreds. It was a very even contest between bat and ball as both sides tested each other, 16 runs coming from the first 5 overs, then 34 being taken by the 10th over. In the 13th over Martin Woodward the Worcestershire captain put himself on to bowl, and soon took the wicket of Barwick (23) just as he looked like cutting loose. Ross Chapman replaced him and with the established Harrison took the Tour sides score to 78 by the 21st over. Cliff Rawlings came on to bowl and promptly dismissed Harrison, caught by Barry Briscoe for a solid 32. Captain Hamman was next in as Chapman soon retired on 35 (retirement at 35 is a feature of the veteran’s game down under) in the 25th over with the team total on 90 for 2. Brian Kratzmann came in but did not last long, falling to Rawlings, stumped Taylor for 2. Bill Chapman entered the fray and with Hamman, took the score to 131. In the 36th over, unfortunately Bill had to retire with a damaged hand on 8 n.o. Nav. Kratzmann replaced him, but managed only 4 before being caught Woodward off Chris Taylor’s bowling. 2 balls later Hamman was dismissed for 33 good runs, bowled by Taylor. He was followed by Brian Walters without scoring, trapped LBW again by Taylor. This was Worcestershire’s purple patch as the Australian score slumped from 140 for 3 in the 38th over to 145 for 6 by the 41st. It was then left to Ian Pritchard and Tony Paterson to bat out their overs, taking the team score to 159. Pritchard 10 n.o. and Paterson 3 n.o. Pick of the Worcestershire bowlers was Taylor 3 for 18 from 6 overs, and Rawlings 2 for 22 from 7 All the other bowlers bowled tidy, notably Woodward's1 for 13 off 7 and Goodreds 0 for 19 off 7.
Worcestershire's reply started at 5-00pm with Brian Pleass and Steve Daniels opening against the Australian opening bowlers Denis Moran and Jeff Field. Just like the first innings, bat and ball were fairly even, but in the 7th over Daniels was out LBW on 13 off Moran’s bowling. Tony Williams came in, and with Pleass took their individual scores to 35 and 37 respectively, before retiring, to make way for Ian Walwyn and Barry Briscoe to take the team total to 131 for 1 in the 33rd over. At this stage matters looked O.K. for the home side, but that good feeling soon went as up came Brian Walters to bowl. In his 2nd over he took a hat trick, dismissing Briscoe (9) caught Pritchard, then Walwyn (24) bowled and finally Taylor (0) LBW. This wonderful bowling effort left the Worcestershire side shell shocked but normal service was resumed as John Brookes and Glyn Thomas were left to battle on, which they did, taking the score to 147 by the 39th over, when Brookes was bowled by Hamman on 9. This allowed Woodward (8*) and Thomas (12*) to take Worcestershire past the winning line of 160 runs for a win by 5 wickets in the 44th over. Australia's leading bowlers were :- Waters :- 3 for 18 from 6 overs; Hamman :- 1 for 26 from 7, and Moran :- 1 for 29 from 7. A very memorable game played in keen, but friendly company

 

1st Test, England Over 60s v Australia Over 60s at Stround CC, 20 July 2012

Report from Stirling Harmann:

Match No 5 v England Over 60s (1st Test ) at Stroud Cricket Ground on Friday 20th July 2012.
A beautiful new ground at Stroud was the venue for the 1st Test between the Australian Over 60s team and England Over 60s.
After the usual team warm ups, there was a presentation of Australian caps to the debutants (Albie Barwick (#41), Gill Chapman (#42), Paul Cullen (#43), Peter Harrison (#44), and Dennis Moran (#45).

Gill Chapman receiving his “cap” from fellow  Queenslander/Valleys teammate Colin Cooke

With an official welcome, and playing of national anthems, the toss was won by England who elected to bat on an undulating and variable bounced pitch.  Light showers looked to delay the start, but play started at 1pm under a cloudy sky.


 

The England Over 60s started very sedately, with excellent bowling by Dennis Moran and Colin Cooke restricting the scoring, and at the end of 10 overs only 11 runs had been scored. The pressure was certainly being applied. Then a change of bowling brought an increased tempo of scoring, with Micky Swain starting to loft the ball and score freely. The first wicket came with Colin Cooke taking an excellent catch above his head in gully, but the England batters continued to increase the tempo. England debutant Chris Theedom began to score freely and at drinks at 34 overs England were 1-134. During this onslaught, the Australian captain Stirling Hamman severely bruised his hand attempting a caught and bowled off a Micky Swain drive – Stirling left the field to seek medical attention. Swain was eventually caught in the outfield by Peter Harrison, and the game changed dramatically. Excellent bowling by Nev Kratzmann and Paul Cullen saw 4 wickets fall and the England team at 6 for 158 after 44 overs.  A final flourish saw the final England total at 8 for 196 after their 50 overs. The Australian Team indeed did well to contain the total.

Albie Barwick and Nev Kratzmann started the Australian Over 60s innings cautiously, with the first wicket falling in the 8th over. We were 1-18.  However the Australian batting was tied down by very tight and controlled English bowling. Keith Anderson bowled 7 overs, and took 4 maidens 1 for 8.  This was backed up by off spin of Brian Brogden bowling 9 overs, 4 maidens and taking 3 for 11. Some respectability in Australia’s batting was by a 28 not out by Colin Cooke, off 61 balls. Australia was all out for 105 in the 50th over.
England was far too good on the day. Their savage batting onslaught, and very tight bowling showed their overall superiority in all facets of the game.

Play was interrupted not by rain buy by a duck and her 7 duckings wanting to cross the ground!

1st Test: England 60+ v Australia 60+, Stround CC, 20 July 2012
England won by 91 runs
England 60+ won the toss
Innings of England 60+
Keith Daniels * c Cullen b Field
14

 

Micky Swain c Harrison b Kratzmann
74

 

Chris Theedom lbw b Kratzmann
40

 

Chris Swadkin
 
b Cullen
0

 

Steve Lynch   b Field
21

 

Bob Eames lbw b Cullen
0

 

Keith Alexander + st Chapman b Kratzmann
8

 

Chandra Mutucumarana not out  
16

 

Brian Brogden run out  
5

 

Martin Woodward not out  
3

 

Kevan Anderson    
 

 

Extras

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

Total (8 wkts,50 overs)

196

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Colin Cooke
8
4
12
0

 

 

Dennis Moran
9
1
28
0

 

 

Stirling Harmann
3
0
16
0

 

 

Geoff Field
10
1
40
2

 

 

Paul Cullen
10
1
47
2

 

 

Nev Kratzmann
10
1
44
3

 

 

 

Innings of Australia 60+
Nez Kratzmann   b Anderson
3

 

Albie Barwick lbw b Brogden
13

 

Ross Chapman   b Brogden
18

 

Gill Chapman+   b Mutucumarana
6

 

Rob Haling c Eames b Swadkin
6

 

Peter Harrison
c & 
b Swadkin
3

 

Colin Cooke not out  
28

 

Paul Cullen   b Mutucumarana
5

 

Geoff Field c Alexander b Mutucumarana
0

 

Dennis Moran   b Brogden
0

 

Stirling Harmann* lbw b Eames
2

 

Extras

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

 

 

 

Total ( 8 wkts,49.2 overs )

145

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Analysis

 

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

 

 

Kevan Anderson
7
0
8
1

 

 

Keith Daniels
6
0
12
0

 

 

Martin Woodward
7
0
11
0

 

 

Brian Brogden
9
0
11
3

 

 

Chandra Mutucumarana
9
0
20
3

 

 

Chris Swadkin
7
0
15
2

 

 

Bob Eames

4.2
0
12
1

 

 

 

15th July at Taunton: Somerset 195-9, Australia 139 all out: Somerset won by 56 runs.

The Australians won the toss at Taunton CC on Sunday 15 July and bowled. Strange Aussie rules were introduced, which made batsmen retire at 50 (and return at the end) and bowlers allowed two legside deliveries before a wide is called on the third.Nonetheless, for Somerset, the early loss of Steve Chaudoir was smoothed over by a stand of 124 for the second wicket by Dave Stephenson (50 ret) and John Thackray (43), followed by Richard Newport (50 ret). No-one else made more than 3 and a middle-order collapse saw Dave and Richard resume and Somerset reached 195 - 9. The Aussies were 14 - 4 (Dave Foster 3-20) and then 18 - 5 when Steve Chaudoir hit one stump from square leg. A recovery by Aussie man-of-the-match John Frier (50 ret) and skipper Stirling Hamman (38) who put on 98 took them to 116, before Brian Brogden (3-18) in his first match as Somerset skipper, finished them off for 139.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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