2014- ENGLAND 70+ vs WALES 65+
I thought you might be interested to learn the results of the England 70+ Test matches against Wales 65+ played in south east Wales. Two days before we left for the Principality our star batsman, John Stuck, was forced to pull out with a slipped disc. John's 70+ average for Essex is - 7 innings, runs scored 548, top score 136*, average 182.66. He had scored three centuries and two fifties in the 70+ Championship in 2014 and would be a great loss. Fortunately, at very short notice, Derek Ebbage of Worcestershire, was drafted into the squad.
The Touring Party stayed at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel at Newport East - a new Hotel only three years old which was ideally located as a base to travel to the three grounds chosen to host the Test Matches. None of the grounds were more than 30 minutes from the Hotel.
The first game was at Sudbrook Cricket Club in Caldicot. I won the toss and decided to bat whereupon I was advised that the Welsh had a 45 year old wicket-keeper and several other players in their early sixties. With only 52 runs scored in the first twenty overs I suspected that the decision to bat was wrong. Barry Peay from Sussex top scored with 46 from over 100 balls and the difficult batting was also experienced by George Fox (Leicestershire) who reached 38 in 76 balls. Derek Ebbage (Worcestershire) was run out for 24 and Roger Maynard (Surrey) scored 19. In 45 overs, England had struggled to 157 for 7. Colin Davies took 3 for 29 in 7 overs and Gordon Voke (the Welsh Manager) 2 for 32 in 9 overs. The home Country had little problem in reaching the required runs for the loss of only 2 wickets. Rob Pendleton was not out on 78; Keith James not out 40; and Geoff Thomas 22. Udho Maharaj (Sussex) took 1 for 21 in 9 overs and Hugh Milner (Sussex) 1 for 36 also in 9 overs. Not a good start against a "young" Welsh side - a loss by 8 wickets. The Welsh man of the match was Rob Pendleton whilst the English man of the match was Barry Peay.
The second Test Match was to the superb ground at Usk Cricket Club. On this occasion, Andy Timpson, an apparently young Englishman captaining the younger Welsh side, won the toss and elected to bat. A smart bit of fielding by Bob Perrett (Suffolk), positioned at fine leg, ran out opening bat Garfield Morgan for 6 runs. A 70 run 3rd wicket partnership between Malcolm Lewis and Gordon Voke was followed by an 86 run 5th wicket partnership between Gordon Voke and Ron Walton which helped take the Welsh score to 248 for 5 wickets. Gordon Voke was not out 101 and Malcolm Lewis scored 47. Best bowling analysis was by Ray Waite (Northamptonshire) who took 3 for 57 in his 9 overs with Hugh Milner ending with one wicket for 32 runs. Jeff Baxter (Leicestershire) took two stumpings. England's start was poor with the first four wickets falling for 25 runs. With the score on 68 for 6 after the 25th over Milner joined Perrett and between them took the score to 127 without further loss. Bob Perrett 69* and Hugh Milner 19*. Peter Betteley, John Storey and Andy Timpson each took 2 wickets. England lost by 121 runs. Gordon Voke won the Welsh man of the match with Bob Perrett winning the English trophy.
The final match was played at Croesyceiliog Cricket Club. A ground with a slope that made the Lords' ground appear level but had a lovely view across the valley to the hills opposite. England won the toss and asked the Welsh to bat. Wickets fell regularly with the English bowlers and fielders restricting the batsmen to few opportunities. It was only Bob Pendleton (Wales Man of the Match at Sudbrook) with 26 and the Welsh captain, Ronnie Walton, 36 who helped the home side to 144 all out. Udho Maharaj finished with figures of 3 for 17 in 7.4 overs; Alan Cook (Leicestershire) 2 for 12 in 6 overs; and Bob Perrett 2 for 25 in 9 overs. The English men soon set about the Welsh bowlers with George Fox scoring 32; Derek Ebbage (Worcestershire) 55; and Barry Peay not out 33. Ronnie Walton bowled his 9 overs and took 1 wicket for 5 runs. England won this game by 7 wickets. Derek Ebbage won the English man of the match with Ronnie Walton taking the Welsh trophy.
After the game the England Captain and Manager, Hugh Milner presented the Welsh Manager, Gordon Voke, with the Series Trophy.
The England team was represented by 15 players from Essex; Hampshire; Kent; Leicestershire; Northamptonshire; Shropshire; Somerset; Suffolk; Surrey; Sussex; and Worcestershire
England 60 v Scotland Seniors
Monday 9th June 2014 , Norton Cricket Club, Stockton on Tees
40 Over Match
On arrival, steady drizzle following heavy overnight rain meant the outfield was totally saturated. England inserted, were indebted to a master class of batting by Ray Swann, whose 76 in 33 overs underpinned the England innings. John Taylor (10) started aggressively but found the conditions not conducive to attack and the bowlers ruled. Nick Andrews (29) and Swann put on a stand of 73 and two wickets fell at 134 in a good 5 over spell for the Scottish side. However, Martin Ivill (26*) and skipper Martin Pearse (13*) put on 40 in the last 6 overs to give England a challenging 174-4. Scotland, or rather Barry Angus, started like a rocket. 4 bang, mid wicket. 6 bang long on. This in the first 4 balls. Field spread and the bowling victim Chris Lees then caught a stunning catch to retrieve the situation.
Martin Ivill 4-2-9-1, bowled beautifully but with six quality spinners available, that route was taken. Indeed Steve Edwards, probably the most mean run denier in the ECB50 and Seevent 60, only got one over! Micky Kenyon 8-3-15-1, was far too accurate for any liberties to be taken, backed up by Nick Andrews 8-0-22-3, Ray Swann 8-0-32-2, and Phil Taylor 8-0-34-1.
Most of the England innings and a fair proportion of the Scotttish was played in light rain so it was extremely slippery and difficult. In the end Scotland fell 31 short in their 40 overs, with captain and organiser Colin Neill on 22 not out. But bowlers ruled and we have to thank Norton Cricket Club, Keith and Sheila Symington, Groundsmen JJ and Dave Cook for stepping in at very short notice to play the second match on their ground, after Burnopfield was under water the day before.
England 60 v Durham O50 ECB Champion County 8th June 2014
A buzzing club in the North East, Norton Cricket Club, hosted the inaugural match between England 60 and the previous seasons ECB Champion County, Durham.
Durham inserted, found batting difficult against the accurate Barry Jones (Shropshire) 10-0-15-2, an immaculate spell. And he had two catches dropped!.
Opener Gary Purcell batted for 160 minutes for 67, with the spinners Swann 10-0-43-2, Bob Plowman 10-1-27-0, and Alan Blank 10-0-38-2, bowling in tandem. So the home side ended up on 171-9 in their 50 overs, a late sortie by Peter Smith with 26 boosting the total.
England chasing 171-9 in 50 overs found the bowling extremely tight on a predictable slow wicket and outfield. Considering the massive downfall the day before, it was truly amazing the two groundsmen, Dave Cook and JJ even managed to allow us out there! After 23 overs England were 44-2, both Davy Jones (5) and Malcolm Wright (4) struggling. Mark Surridge (9) was unluckily lbw to put England 67-3 on 29. Eric Riddle and Elwyn Jones put together a stand of 50 before the former was bowled by Anderson for 67 in 43rd over. So with 7 overs to go and Ray Swann on 1 not out, Elwyn Jones on 22 not out, the heavens opened!
Final negiotiations are currently taking place for a Tour in March 2015 to a major Cricket playing Nation, under ICC rules.
We also have pleasure in announcing that we are playing Scotland Seniors on Monday 9 June, ground TBA, somewhere in the Newcastle Upon Tyne area.
There is also a possibility of a 2 day match against Sir Ian Bothamís XI on Alderney during August.