Seevent National 60+/70+
County Cricket Championship

President : Roger Dakin
Vice Presidents Henry Blofeld , Peter Baxter


England 70+ Tour to Australia 2015

3rd November England triumph by 115 runs in Ashes decider

England 271-8 in 50 Overs (George Fox 87, Derek Birmingham 46, David Ingham 35)

Australia 156 All Out (44 overs) Gary Masden 39, Ross Chapman 38, Ronald Walton 5 for 9

1st November : England beat ACT 70+ Invitation XI by 5 Wickets

ACT 165-8 (40 Overs) Roger Maynard 5-21, Gary Madsen 31, Bob Cotgrove 30 Ret Not Out

England 166-5 (36.1 Overs) Roger Maynard 43, David Ingham 38 Not Out

29th October - Australia level the test series

England 207-4 (50 Overs) George Fox 71, Howard Johnson 42, Graham Penny 40

Lost by 9 wickets to

Australia 208-1 (42.3 Overs) Ross Chapman 93 not out, Nev Kratzmann 87 not out

27th October - The match scheduled against New South Wales Country XI was called off due to bad weather

25th October : England lost to New South Wales City XI by 4 wickets

England 160-6 (John Day 51 Ret) 45 Overs

New South Wales City XI 161-6 (Alan Cook 3-26) 43.4 Overs

22nd October : 1st Test Match - Australia 70+ v England 70+

England 279-3 (J Stuck 106 Ret, G Fox 83) from 50 Overs

Australia 172-2 (R Chapman 69, G Madsden 67 Not Out) from 35 Overs

England won on superior run rate

20th October : England beat Queeensland Country XI by 20 runs

England : 224- 5 (G Fox 51 Ret, M Dexter 50 Ret, R Maynard 30 no)
Queensland Country XI : 204 All Out (45 Overs) (G Madsen 52, N Kratzmann 44, R Maynard 3-42, R.Walton 2-26, K.Pratt 2-24, D Ingham 2-35)

18th October : England  Beat Queensland City XI by 62 Runs

England : 173 for 2 (B.Peay 50 ret. J.Stuck 39, G.Penny 30 ret.)
Queensland City XI : 111 for 8 ( G.Madsen 35, K.Pratt  3-21, B.Elsey 2-16, R.Maynard 2-14)

Australia 60+ XI tour of England 2015


3rd Test Match at Sunbury on Thames 2nd and 3rd July - 80 Overs Per Side

Day one at Sunbury saw slightly overcast but humid conditions as the Captains tossed up. Martin Pearse for England and Colin Cooke for Australia.

SKY TV were there to film the days play and the toss, interviewing both Captains .

Spots of rain were evident as Captain Cooke called correctly and sent the English into the 11am heat (about 75).

Australia?s openers Ian Pethcrick and Pat Logue survived the England seam attack of David Pegg and Martin Ivill, but the latter especially caused many problems and no doubt would have claimed a couple of lbw?s with a more lenient umpire At 10 overs the score was 30-0 and the introduction of Nick Andrews initially lasted two overs, with Bob Plowman being brought on. In over 16, Plowman?s short ball elicited the first wicket when Petherick smashed one hard to square leg and Ian Caunce caught a hard difficult chance to his right. Soon after, Logue on 47 was run out by Ray Swann after misjudging his partner?s call.

By this time, England?s spinners were exerting a stronghold and at lunch England had bowled a remarkable 45 overs in 2 hours 15 minutes, with Australia 126-3. The very dangerous Phil Drescher was England?s main worry and he had already hit 2 ?sighter? fours when he attempted to put Andrews over the mid wicket boundary. He got about 85 yards there but Duncan Elder held a fine tumbling catch and virtually, immediately Ivill caught another stunner diving at long off to catch Greg Quinn. 163-5 in 52. The wicket was what could optimistically be called ?sporting? with an unusually very high bounce and Micky Kenyon and Ray Swann were in the ascendancy. No 3 John Dedman stood his ground on a caught behind and received a free Test Match sledging from an infuriated Swann, but the very next ball, Dedman smashed it back at the Northants player who warmly showed him the way to the pavilion.

At the crease now were Rex Bennett and Jimmy Quinn and with hindsight now batted very sensibly, although the England team were very content there were so many dot balls. These two put on 44 in 16 overs to take the score to 220 in over 72 when Martin skied one to Kenyon off Swann for 17 in 46 balls. With both Kenyon 20-4-52-0 and Swann 20-6-51-4 bowled out, Bennett 44 off 72 was finally stumped by Richard Owen off Nick Andrews. 13.5-2-51-3. England were off the field at exactly 4.17 , having bowled their 79.5 overs in ten minutes over 4 hours with Australia totalling 263 all out. Ivill bowled particularly well with 8-2-21-0 with Plowman 13-5-47-1 and Pegg 5-1-22-0.

So England had 80 overs to get 263. On paper an easy task. But that wasn?t taking into account the bounce and the Aussie quicks. First ball, Rex Bennett bounced Nigel Bloch who nearly hit it straight down fine leg throat. But it was 4-0. Bennett?s pace and variation was causing both Ian Caunce and Bloch immeasurable problems, but the latter pluckily kept hooking and cutting, despite being dropped off an absolute sitter at gully. Caunce survived a flat pull to deep leg off a Bennett bouncer, but by this time anything slightly off line was being despatched to the ropes by the hard hitting Oxfordshire opener. In over 10, a massive straight six off skipper Cooke caused a lost ball and the replacement provided, unknown to the England skipper, was a brand new Kookaburra. 1-0 to Captain Cooke.

Caunce continued attacking and with him at the crease it was a different match. However, having blasted 78 in 52 balls, he top edged spinner Jimmy Martin to fly slip, and from that moment onwards the game changed. 105-1 in 19 overs. Bloch?s innings of 25 in 64 ended immediately after, as Bennett?s replacement, Phil Drescher removed him and Ray Swann in three balls, the latter to a superb slip catch by Dedman off an expansive drive. Drescher?s pace and energy into the batsman was something the English batsman rarely see in ECB 50 cricket, let alone Seevent 60. However, when Martin removed Steve Lynch trying to hit him over long on, caught Drescher at short third man for 3 in 15, the game had changed beyond all recognition. England were 117-4 in 25 overs, a horrible transformation. And still 55 overs to get only 147 !! But worse was to come. Bennett, named ?Wrecka? in Oz and a bowler used by the Australian National Team to bowl at the Aussies proper Test 1st X1 and whose ?bunny? was Mark Waugh, was even a step up from Drescher. Certainly the best bowler your correspondant has seen in the 60?s and even the ECB 50?s currently, it was only when he slightly over pitched, runs were scored . Elder and Pearse put together a small stand of 18 in 10 overs, but Bennett then completely wrecked England?s hopes with Elder 16 in 39 caught and bowled off a leading edge off the splice, Pearse 10 in 26 lbw and Andrew 1 lbw in 6 to the prodigiously swinging Kookaburra. 3 wickets in 8 balls. England 139-7 in 35. Martin Ivill in hindsight might have been a better choice much higher up, as England?s reliance on attacking was indiscreet with 60 overs still to bat but , Ivill too, departed to a stunning slip overhead catch by Dedman off Ian Southall for 23 in 36 and after Bob Plowman was bowled by a wicket keeper/seamer/spinner/fitness coach Greg Quinn, it was all over bar the shouting . Quinn must be commended as Caunce was already on the way to the pavilion without scoring off Bennett, caught behind by the Aussie wicket keeper, but he sportingly called him back as he was unsure whether the ball hit the ground as he caught it. Dave Pegg with 14 not out and Micky Kenyon showed why he bats at 4 sometimes for Yorkshire with 13 in 32 balls. England finally perished in the 51st over, with Kenyon lbw to Scott and Australia celebrated wildly as they had every right to do.

So England?s dominance of 10 wins and 1 tie, before last week?s defeat at Middleton and the decider at Sunbury, was finally over and a new era begins, as always happens in sport! In October 2016, England 60 have been invited back to Australia and Team Selection will be analysed taking into account player?s fitness and mobility, especially in the heat. Australia played effectively 20 matches in 26 days, incredible when you think about it for 60+ years old. Much, much fitter and conditioned than before, they have set a benchmark the England Selectors will be carefully looking at for the future. Quinn had them out warming up thoroughly and warming down---in every game---and this is something that has all but disappeared in 60?s cricket.. This will be adopted into the England?s team itinery for the 2016 Tour, with a physio/ trainer in the squad. Thanks to Sunbury CC for the two days hospitality, Sarah and her team for the food , Neil and Dale Umpires and Veronica the scorer

Also highlight of the Thursday night Dinner was a typically extremely amusing speech from Club President, Roger Dakin , famed for his after dinner homilies !!

Finally , congratulations to Colin Cooke and his very likeable team, too good in the decider, but ----------beware a wounded Pom !!

29th June : Australia v Sussex at Horsham

Australia won the toss and decided to bat first on a typical flat batsman?s paradise pitch at Horsham. The Australians all batted with skill and enthusiastically ran their singles, showing just how 60+ cricket should be played. Jack Stackpool, Neil King and Patrick Logue all reached their half centuries and departed and while the Sussex bowlers did not bowl badly, the Aussies totalled 286 for 2 after 45 overs.

The tourists? bowlers matched their batters and gave nothing to hit and Sussex fell to 58 for 4. A partnership of 68 between Bob Page ( 42,MoM) and Peter Crees(30no) gave some respectability, but Sussex were all out for151 in the last over with Dave Adams out hit wicket, Bothamsque, not quite getting his leg over!!

The best team won, which is how it should be, and we shared a pint or two with a very pleasant bunch of cricketers.

28th June Australia defeat England to level the series

Australia were 41 for 3 in 10 overs with the first three victims all bowled.   Then Phil Drescher hit 67 in 43 balls (7 fours and 4 sixes) until well caught on the square leg boundary by Keith Daniels off of Ray Clarke.   Jim Smallbone bore the brunt of this onslaught going for 41 runs off his first 4 overs.   This was the ground where Jim suffered a sudden cardiac arrest three years ago to the day and was brought back to life with CPR by the Sussex keeper -Micky Tindall.   After dismissing Drescher the England bowlers then took charge and the next three wickets fell for 12 runs with Smallbone taking a superb diving catch low to his left to dismiss Greg Quinn off of Brian Brogden - the ball lost in his huge hand!   Unfortunately this supremacy then suffered with an 8th wicket partnership of 61 between Rex Bennett and James Martin which took the score to 199. The last three overs took the score to 217 all out.   Best England bowlers were Ray Clarke with 2 for 20 and Keith Martin with 2 for 23, each bowling 10 overs.

England's batting was soon under pressure with John Edward caught to a fine catch by Kevin Meikle at long off; Duncan Elder yorked first ball and Amarjit Lall out leg before for 11.   31 for 3 off of the first 11 overs was not a good base for a chase but Chris Swadkin and Andy Barnes set off to recover the situation and this 4th wicket partnership put on 84 runs until Barnes was given out LBW for 18 attempting to sweep Quinn in the 29th over.   Swadkin soon followed dismissed by a fine catch by Ian Petherwick at short midwicket for 71 (13 fours).   It was then the turn of skipper Ray Swann and Keith Daniels to seek to rebuild and all was going well until multiple mis-calling by both players, ending with a mid-pitch conference on whether there was a single or not!   There wasn't and Swann was run out for 21.   Keith Daniels tried to recover the position and his skipper's favours and when caught for 30 with the score on 174 and only 15 balls left the target was virtually beyond reach.   England's finally totalled 190 for 9 - 27 runs short.   Whilst Paul Drescher significantly added to the Australian total, it was the Australian 8th wicket partnership of 61 runs which set a more difficult total.

Ray Swann awarded Paul Drescher the man of the match for the Australians and Colin Cooke awarded Chris Swadkin as the England man of the match.

Both captains thanked Middleton Cricket Club for being excellent hosts with special thanks to Peter Clark (volunteer groundsman and his wife, Sally Clark, for masterminding the off field activities and catering.

25th June Australia defeat Cambridgeshire/Hunts

Quite clearly the Australian Tourists were determined not to lose two games in as many days, as they swept aside Cambs/Hunts Over 60s by a convincing 159-run margin, on Thursday (June 25).
March Town CC's ground, which has played host to the likes of Botham, Steele and Vaughan in the past, was in pristine condition, as Cambs' skipper Stuart Unwin invited the Tourists to bat first.
On a flat and dry deck they set off as if they were in T20 mode. Phil Drescher opened up his broad shoulders as 65 runs came up in the first 10 overs, before left-arm slow bowler Pat Ellerbeck bowled Kev Meikle for 15.
Drescher thundered on to 51 with his seventh boundary before retiring, with John Dedman also returning to the pavilion after an unbeaten half-century.
Greg Quinn then added to Cambs' misery when he danced down the track to England's Trevor Shailes to straight drive two of his first three balls to the boundary. He too went on to make an undefeated 50.
Had those three not opted to leave the scene the Aussie total of 278-6 off 45 overs could have been massively higher.
Skipper Murray Harrison was bowled for 40, with off-spinner Alan Rodger the host county's most productive bowler with figures of 2-35.
With England all-rounder Nick Andrews sunning himself in Italy, Cambs invited his Three Lions team-mates Shailes and John Lund to cross the border from nearby Norfolk.
Unfortunately, Lund went back and was outfoxed when bowled third ball by Brian Scott as the home side found themselves 28-2. That soon became 44-4 after Mick Ketteridge (22) danced down the track to Robin Court and Cambs skipper Stuart Unwin, another England cap, provided Scott with his second scalp.
Pat Ringham dug in on his home ground for 15 and wished he was once again bowling 'leggies' out of the bright evening sun, with Rodger making a good-looking 14 before being run out.
Following their departure only the swashbuckling Pat Ellerbeck took the fight to the visitors with an unbeaten 23 in a disappointing total of 119.
Rodger was named Cambs/Hunts Man of the Match by both captains, as the hospitality and mountains of food from March CC made the day more of an occasion than an outstanding game.

24th June Herts defeat Australia

After a much appreciated rest day, we travelled to Hertford on a warm sunny day to play the strong Hertfordshire side; they have won 7 out of their 8 county matches to date.

A lovely ground and one of the few that has had a flat outfield. Skipper Cooke won the toss (back to back successful tails calls) and elected to bat. Stackpoole and Petherick opened. Pethers batted well and was caught just 7 runs short of retirement score. At 3/83, Harrison and Logue found it frustrating to face some of the slowest ‘flight’ bowling on tour. However, both came to terms with the bowling making 51 (ret.) and 41  respectively in a partnership of 68 .Nevertheless, the score was restricted to our slowest run rate on tour, just under 4.7 per over. There were a few brief cameo partnerships with the final score at 5 for 211 off 45 overs.

Opening bowlers Cooke and Southall both took early wickets and after 5 overs we had them 2 for14. Martin and Scott bowled together and at the halfway mark, Hertfordshire was 2 for 87 and slightly behind the required rate. At 35 overs (with 10 overs to go), they were well in the game at 4 for 146. Logue was the best of the spinners with 8 overs 2 for 31. Hertfordshire made the runs required for the loss of 4 wickets in the 43rd over.

England take the 1st Test Match

A great win , due to Neil Calvert's 96, Chris Swadkin -who looked easily on course for a ton until he was run out for 57-- Ray Swann 34 and a truly stunning one handed 90 yard ''six'' caught one handed back over his right shoulder by David Robinson to get rid of the very dangerous Phil Dreschler( 40)who had just smashed Swann for 17 off his first over...Bob Plowman 2-20 in 10 overs the outstanding bowler, together with Trevor Shales 8-0-27-1 and Martin Southwell 10-2-25-1

Australians "Cruise" to Victory in Henley
Berkshire Over 60’s v Australia Over 60’s at Henley Cricket Club on 18th June 2015.

 The sun shone and the setting was ideal for the next chapter of the Australian Senior Cricketer’s 2015 tour of the UK.

 Still smarting from their narrow one wicket defeat the previous day to Oxfordshire the intensity of the tourist’s warm-up left the hosts in no doubt they meant business. So it proved, having politely declined our offer to use two our league balls, they produced two of their own which, had a seam, kept the shine and shape and behaved like a cricket ball should!

 Berkshire skipper Tooze won the toss and decided to bat on a perfect day. The visitors new ball attack made good use of the conditions to find movement off the pitch and swing. This restricted the scoring and when the first wicket fell in the 7th over the score had reached only 15. Townsin and Brock then moved the score to 48 in the next 7 overs but the introduction of Scott and Court saw a flurry of wickets reducing the home side to 69 for 6 with 20 overs of the innings left. Richard West, with help from Fuller and Lacey pushed the total into three figures at least and the with a little wag of the tail Berkshire edged to 132 in the 44th over before being dismissed. Court was the pick of the bowlers with 3-15. The Australian fielding was excellent throughout with 6 catches, a run out and fine ground fielding. Shows that pre-game warm ups pay dividends.

 Following a delightful tea the Australians went about their task with caution and Woodman and Fuller enjoyed the new ball to restrict Stackpole and Martin to 11 from the first 5 overs. In search of wickets Tooze brought on Smith from the road end and was rewarded with the wicket of Stackpole in his second over. This saw Dedman to the middle and he announced his arrival with a sumptuous extra cover drive for four, which he repeated more than once during his stay at the crease. Martin meanwhile continued on his way, untroubled and took advantage of the bad ball to progress to 52 and the first retiral of the match. Harrison then joined Dedman and saw him safely through to his 50 with 4 needed for victory. Johnson, on his birthday, strode to the wicket and proceeded to score the winning run with many overs to spare. England be warned! You have a job on your hands in the Tests.

 So showered, changed and in the bar by 5.00pm giving Rachel, Henley’s resident caterer the chance to get the BBQ going and the players and supporters the chance to exchange stories and experiences. The visitors departed for their base in Cheltenham with a comfortable victory in preparation for the journey the following day up the A40 / M40 to Beaconsfield to visit Buckinghamshire.   

Oxfordshire 60+ vs Australia 60+ Touring Team Wednesday 17 June 2015 at Aston Rowant

Australia 60+  249 - 4 from 45 overs
Oxfordshire 60+  250 – 9 from 45 overs
Oxfordshire 60+ won by 1 wicket

In a nail-biting finish Oxfordshire 60+ defeated the Australian 60+ tourists by one wicket from the final ball of the match.  It was the first defeat of the tour for the Aussies whose aim was to emulate Don Bradman’s 1948 ‘Invincibles’.  In a match where batsmen retired on reaching 50, but could bat again at the fall of the last wicket, Ian Petherick made a quick start for the visitors and soon retired on 52. All the other batsmen got established and there were plenty of boundaries struck on a fast outfield but it was left to Phil Drescher to add momentum at the end after some tight bowling by Andrew Wingfield-Digby and Stephen Wilson.  The Australian total of 249 looked formidable considering they had dismissed both Wales and Hampshire for less than a hundred.

However, openers Ian Caunce and Derek Watts took on the Australian attack with Caunce retiring on 51 from 53 balls and his partner making 47 including eight 4s.  After a first wicket stand of 107 Oxfordshire lost four quick wickets before Steve Partington and Jerry Senior steadied the ship with a partnership of 48.  Skipper Wingfield Digby then hit a quick fire 33 to put the home side back in the hunt.  A flurry of runs and wickets meant Oxfordshire needed 17 from the last over and the fall of Jerry Senior from the first ball, for a well-made 35, brought Ian Caunce back to the crease. The next three balls disappeared for 4,4,6 to make the home side favourites but, amid much tension, number 11 Stephen Wilson was injured during a scrambled two to bring the scorers level. With a runner at the non-striker’s end and the field in tight, Caunce didn’t disappoint and smashed the ball past point to the jubilation of his team mates.

Not surprisingly Ian Caunce received the man-of-the-match award for his unbeaten 68 from 58 balls and the Aussies may not be looking forward to bowling to him again when he represents England in the up-coming Test match.  As for Oxfordshire 60+ they can reflect on the fact that they are unbeaten in international cricket this summer having beaten both Wales and Austalia!

Hampshire 60+ vs Australia 60+ Touring Team Sunday 7 June 2015 at IBM Hursley

Hampshire 84 all out off 41.4 overs Australia 85-5 off 34.4 overs Australia won by 5 wickets

Hampshire were given the dubious privilege of hosting a powerful Australian touring X1 in their first game of an intensive tour ? 18 games in 27 days including 3 Test matches against England X1s. The playing curriculum vitae in their tour brochure suggested they were a formidable outfit & so it proved. Invited to bat, Hampshire were without batters Geoff Beale, Terry Morton & Jon Floyd so posting a competitive total was always going to be difficult. The Aussie attack led by their captain Cooke (who else?) tore into the Seniors batting line up. It would be fair to say the standard of bowling was somewhat above that normally experienced in County games ? England beware! Aided by a problematic pitch, only Chris Wood (18*) & Tony Adams (16) provided any real resistance as Hampshire stuttered to 84 all out. Rex (Wrecka) Bennett (9-2-16-4) was the leading bowler & Aussie Man of the Match.

Hampshire?s bowlers made a spirited reply in what always appeared a lost cause. All performed tidily eventually taking 5 wickets to cast an air of respectability on proceedings. Chris Wood was nominated as Hampshire?s leading player. Many of the Aussies seem to be vastly experienced tourists. At least we were able to offer them a beautiful setting at Hursley & good hospitality on a sunny afternoon. No doubt some of us will meet up later in the tour. Mike Swain & Jim Smallbone will be representing England in the fixture at Middleton-on-Sea on Sunday 28 June. Dick Batchelor ? Scorer

June 7th Australia Beat Hampshire
  85-5, 34.4 Overs By 5 Wickets 84 All Out, 41.4 Overs

Rex Bennett 4-16

June 8th Australia Beat Wiltshire
  238-1, 45 Overs By 70 Runs 168 All Out, 41 Overs
  D Corby 51 Rt, J Stackpole 50 Rt, G Mcllwain 52 Rt, N King 37*

T Mynott 50, J Martin 5-20

June 10th Australia Beat Somerset (T)
  242-6, 42 Overs By 6 Wickets 236-3. 45 Overs
  J Dedman 50 ret, M Harrison 51 ret, P Drescher 51 ret, Nigel Belletty 2 catches and 1 stumping

Graham Poulton 52 ret, John Thackray 50 ret, Richard Newport 50 ret, Brian Scott 3-36

June 11th Australia Beat Devon
  158-5, 38 Overs By 5 Wickets 156 All Out, 39.4 Overs
  Dave Corby 40, Murray Harrison 40

Barry Flicker 30

June 14th Australia Beat Wales (T)
  250-6, 45 Overs By 194 Runs 56 All Out, 26.4 Overs
  J Dedman 63, Phil Drescher 51, G Voke 4-60

R Bennett 5-8

June 15th Australia Beat Gloucestershire
  255-5, 45 Overs By 67 Runs 188-7, 45 Overs
  Ian Petherick 52 not out, K. Meilke 52 not out

G. Clarke 51 not out

June 17th Australia Lost to Oxfordshire
  249-4, 45 Overs   250-9, 45 Overs
  Ian Petherick 52 Rt, Phil Drescher 51 Rt

I Caunce 68 no, D Watts 47 no, M Harrison 3-34, J Martin 3-43

June 18th Australia Beat Berkshire
  133-1, 31 Overs By 9 Wickets 132 All Out, 43.1 Overs
  James Martin 52 Rt, John Dedman 50 RT

Robin Court 3-15

June 19th Australia Beat Buckinghamshire
  235-4, 40 Overs By 30 Runs 205-6, 40 Overs
  Dave Corby 51 Tr, Ian Petherick 51 Rt, Murray Harrison 47

Graham Keens 47, John Pothecary 45 Not Out

June 21st Australia Lost To England
  166-8, 50 Overs By 71 Runs 237-7, 50 Overs
  G. Quinn 43, Phil Drescher 40

Neil Calvert 96, Chris Swadkin 57, C.Cooke 4-33

June 22nd Australia (T) Beat Essex
  238-6, 44 Overs On Run rate 97-4, 32 Overs
  G Quinn 50 Rt, P Logue 50 Rt, D Evans 5-39


June 24th Australia (T) Lost to Hertfordshire
  211-5, 45 Overs By 6 Wickets D Elder 50 retired, E Riddle 50 retired, K Martin 51 retired.
  M Harrison 51 retired, I Petjerick 43, P Logue 41, T Hassan 3-38


June 25th Australia Beat Cambridgeshire
  278-6, 45 Overs By 159 Runs 119 All Out, 41.4 Overs
  P Drescher 51 Rt, J Dedman 50 Rt, G Quinn 50 Rt, M Harrison 40


June 26th Australia Beat Bedfordshire
  163-3, 33.5 Overs By 7 Wickets 162-6, 45 Overs
  P Drescher Rt, Ian Petherick 45

P Mustoe 52 Rt, J Martin 3-25

June 28th Australia Beat England
  217 All Out, By 27 Runs 190-9, 50 Overs
  Phil Drescher 67, Rex Bennett 41

Chris Swadkin 71, Keith Daniels 30, Greg Quinn 3-30

June 29th Australia (T) Beat Sussex
  286-2, 45 Overs By 135 Runs 151 All Out
  Jack Stackpool 50 Rt, Neil King 50 Rt, Patrick Logue 50 Rt

Bob Page 42

July 1st Australia Lost to Surrey
  181-6, 45 Overs By 7 Wickets 183-3, 37 Overs


July 2 &/3 Australia Beat England
  263 All Out , 79.5 Overs By 71 Runs 192 All Out, 51.5 Overs
  P Logue 47, M Harrison 44, R Bennett 44, R Swann 4-51, N Andrews 3-51

Ian Caunce 78, Rex Bennett 3-46


England O60?s made the 475 mile one way trip to Stenhousmuir next door to Falkirk and Grangemouth, North West of Edinburgh. The weather was not good in the proceeding two days with virtually non stop rain and drizzle. However, the massive ground at Stenhousmuir C.C. saw a 110 yard boundary on one side and with a wind blowing across at Force 4 or 5, not one single boundary was reached for the whole match on that side...!

England winning the toss, elected to bat on a hardish wicket, but Scotland?s opening bowlers, both current League cricketers, really varied their options and both Ray Swann and John Lund struggled to lay a bat on anything. Lund survived the first 10 overs but the spin of Young saw the Norfolkman look aghast as it pitched outside leg and took offstump (photo on net!)
Swann was dropped three times but when he had scored 20, he pulled a calf muscle and had to retire. Nick Andrews joined Alan Hampshire and they took the score to 59 before Hampshire (20), Andrews (9) and Paul Mustoe (0) all fell in quick succession. 73-4 in 31 overs. Not so promising. However, Martin Ivill (32) and Steve Edwards (35) steadied our slightly apprehensive captain sitting in the pavilion and with the wind now gale force, Bob Plowman, being a leftie, was quickly promoted to take advantage of the 60 yard boundary! Which he did in some style courtesy of his 3lb 20z bat from Red Ink, 6 second ball, 623111241611 in his quickfire 29 in very little time to push England up to 178-8 with Swann 25 not out and Martin Pearse 1 not out.

Scotland?s opener, Bob Angus, just hits. He did play 2 forward defensives, which was a real surprise. So when Richard Owen caught him off the economical Martin Ivill for 10, 1 became 3, as Scotland collapsed to 22-3, Steve Edwards claiming 1 and Ivill 2. However, Pat Moses and Keith Ferrie took the score slowly upwards to 76 before the introduction of Nick Andrews changed the dynamic completely.
Ivill finished his spell 10-3-22-2, a wonderful effort and with Phil Taylor and Bob Plowman?s spin frequently interchanged their analyses 8-2-25-1, 7-0-22-0, backed up with a re-galvanized Richard Owen snaffling 4, 3 caught and one smart stumping kept Scotland on the ropes.
Andrews, however, bowling from the pavilion end, was virtually unplayable and he was MOM for his second successive International with 10-2-26-5, a superb effort, with 48 overs bowled in 2 hours and 28 minutes, , Scotland all out for 133 !

A meal was provided and we would like to thank Stenhousmuir C.C. and Colin Neil, the Scotland Captain, for a very enjoyable day and the two nights at the MacDonald Inchyra Hotel, where the National press would have had a field day if the England Team had been 40 years younger...!

England 60+ Tour of Barbados

1st Test Match - 6th March 2015

''A stunning 7 run victory  by the England Over 60 XI against a Collis King inspired Barbados.
England made a steady start but following a middle order collapse it was a brilliant stand by international debutants Neil Calvert ( Lincolnshire)39 and Dave Pegg ( Northamptonshire)31* that saw England through to a competitive 168 in their 35 overs.
In reply Barbados struggled against accurate England bowling with spinners Dave Tee and Trevor Shales only conceding 40 runs from their 14 overs but a brilliant innings from Collis King kept Barbados in the match until he was smartly caught and bowled by skipper Bob Eames for 63. This proved to be the turning point as England scraped home by 7 runs in a gripping match

6th March :
England Over 60- 168 for 7 (N Calvert 39, D Pegg 31no, D Sowe 24, M Byford 24, E Riddle 20 V Williams 2 for 21, W Herbert 2 for 25)
Barbados Over 60 - 161 for 9 (Collis King 63, T Shales 2  for 17, D Tee 2 for 23, R Eames 2 for 23, D Pegg 2 for 49)

2nd Test Match 8th March 2015

England batted first in this day/night match and struggled against the accurate Barbados bowling with the score after half the overs only a paltry 51 for 4 . However a brilliant knock by Neil Calvert who had good support from skipper Nick Andrews enabled England to post 154 in their 35 overs .
England looked on course to win especially after Collis King was dismissed cheaply but a couple of missed chances and  a "carribean  classic" innings from No 7 batsman Ricky Moore who included 5 sixes and 3 fours in his 48no took Barbados to victory with two overs to spare under the brilliant floodlights on this huge ground , on what was a beautiful Barbados evening.

8th March :
England 154 for 6 (Calvert 57, Andrews 23 C King 3 for 23)
Barbados 155 for 7 ( Moore 48no , Pegg 2 for 26)
Barbados won by 4 wickets

Other Results

28th Feb : England 60+ Tourists 93 all out (N Calvert 30, E Riddle 21, C Watson 18 no, R Young 5-16) ,
BCL Western Stars Over 60's 94-8 (D Clarke 44 no, A Gallant 3-16, T Shales 2-17, D Pegg 2-18).
BCL Wetsern Stars won by 2 wickets

1st March : BCL Southern Raiders Over 60's 133-7 (W O'Keefe 29, T Knight 24 no, N Andrews 2-22, F Braganza 2-32),
England 60+ Tourists 134-5 (S Unwin 50 no, D Tee 50, N Andrews 19, D Rowe 2-45).
England 60+ Tourists won by 5 wickets

3rd March : Engalnd 60+ Tourists 186-1 (N Calvert 32 no, R Eames 30 rtd, G Sainsbury 30 rtd, T Parsons 22 rtd)
CL Northern StarsOver 60's 186 all out (R Marshall 43 no, L Kneld 33, R Straker 29, S Marriot 5-30, R Eames 2-49).
Match Tied !!

5th March : England 60+ Tourists 137 for 9 (T Parsons 51 N Calvert 17no A  Green 3 for 24, T Parris 3 for 28)
BCL Central Lights 138 for 9 (V Williams 21, F Springer 20 . L Daniels 20, D Burton 3 for32 B Thorpe 2 for 27)
BCL Central Lights Over 60 won by 1 wicket

5th March : Select 201 for 6 (W Haynes 58, H Sargent 51, M Corbyn 47, S Marriott 3 for 20)
England 60+ Tourists 155 for 8 ( S Marriott 44no, C France 27rt, D Pegg 24, S Unwin 20rt
Maxwell Select won by 46 runs



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