Seevent National 70+
County Cricket Championship

President : Roger Dakin
Vice Presidents Henry Blofeld , Peter Baxter

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70+ Internationals 2018


The following side has been selected to represent England in the 3rd ODI on Monday 27th August at Sutton CC.

The address for the ground is Gander Green Lane,Sutton, Surrey, SM1 2EH.

Players are requested to be at the ground for 10.00 am.for Nets/warmup.

M  Swain  Capt, C  Swadkin, A Barnes, M Wright. B Hart, P Crees
M Hall, M Burgess  Wk, C Breed, P Taylor, M Woodward, T Spindler

13th Man
S Bulger

B Phillips, P Betteley


Friday 17th August at Horsham CC

England 271-2; (A.Barnes 116 (ret); C.Swadkin 62*; M.Swain 50 (ret)

Australia 249-9 (M.Woodward 4-36; P.Crees 3-62)

The England Over 70s team bounced back from defeat at Banbury with a hard fought win in the 2nd ODI at Horsham, setting up a series decider at Sutton on 27th August. 

After heavy rain the day before, water had seeped under the match pitch covers, and so the pitch was switched to a dryer surface but Mike Swain still decided to bat first. Andy Barnes joined Swain as his opening partner for this match and they created a base for the innings by seeing off the new ball successfully. Although the score had only reached 39 at the first drinks break after 17 overs, England were well placed to accelerate and Barnes in particular stepped up the tempo with Swain anchoring the innings at the other end.
Aided by the most unlikely occurrence (for an Australian team) of multiple dropped catches, the first wicket partnership passed 100 and then 150 before Swain had to retire on 50 with a hamstring problem with the score on 163, just before Barnes reached a magnificent century. Malcolm Wright did not last long but Chris Swadkin then joined Barnes and they took the score to 210 before Barnes retired on 116. Martin Hall joined Swadkin for the last 6 overs and they took full advantage of a flagging bowling and fielding side to add 61 in that time, Swadkin chancing his arm to reach 62* off 40 balls and Hall 21 from 15 to end the innings on 271.

This  total may have seemed impressive but the quality of the batting conditions was soon on show as the Aussie openers tucked in to the new ball and had the 50 up inside 9 overs. It was time to slow the scoring rate and Barry Hart (1-43) and Colin Breed  (1-38) achieved just that. Bowling their 10 over spells in tandem, they ensured the required rate started to climb and for good measure removed both openers - Stackpoole to a superb catch by skipper Mike Swain and Wood (on 63) brilliantly stumped off a wide by Martin Burgess.
Martin Woodward and Peter Crees then took over and continued in the same vein - Woodward took the vital wicket of Aussie skipper Ian Petherick via another smart Swain catch and Crees had both Reid (on 48) and Hamman stumped by Sussex colleague Burgess. 2 LBWs in an over from Woodward then put England firmly in the driving seat and victory was sealed by 22 runs.

An excellent all round bowling and fielding performance to back up the batting effort, to send England into the final match in good heart. 


The following team has been selected for the 2nd ODI at Horsham CC this Friday.
The address is Cricket Field Road,Horsham Sussex, RH12 1TE.

M  Swain  Capt.
C  Swadkin
A Barnes
M Wright
B Hart
P Crees
M Hall
M Burgess  Wk.
C Breed
S Bulger
M Woodward
T Spindler

B Phillips
P Betteley


Wednesday 8th August at Banbury XX CC

Having been thrashed in their previous fixture, the Australians returned to Banbury to contest the 1st ODI. Opting to bat they made a disastrous start with Tom Wood being run out in the first over.  John Stackpole made a fluent 35 before being caught behind off Trevor Spindler and then Phil Taylor claimed the key wicket of Ian Petherick, bowling him for 14. Alan Reid and Stirling Hamman added a patient 57 before Reid was bowled by Peter Crees. Martin Woodward then dismissed Hamman and Roger Edmunds leaving the visitors 160-6 from 43 overs but the lower order flourished and at the 50 over mark the total had reached 205-7.

England struggled early on in their reply, stumbling to 26-3 from twelve overs with Ron Kasputtis picking up skipper Micky Swain, Bob Phillips for a 19 ball duck and Chris Swadkin. Malcolm Wright and Barry Hart then lead a spirited recovery adding 61 before they fell in consecutive overs leaving the hosts 91-5 from 27 overs. Peter Crees and Martin Burgess took the score to 170 before Peter was bowled meaning England needed 32 from 7 overs; this was reduced to 19 from 4 overs when Martin was eighth out. Phil Taylor and Martin Woodward took the score to 193 before the latter was run out leaving the last pair needing 13 from three overs.  Unfortunately the next two overs yielded just a single run and a gallant effort fell short leaving Australia to scrape home by 5 runs.

Thanks go to Banbury XX for providing excellent hospitality for the two games; the next ODI is at Horsham on Friday 17th August.

Australia 70+ 205-7 (Stirling Hamman 43, Martin Woodward 2-43)
England 70+ 200-9 (Malcolm Wright 48, Barry Hart 45, Ron Kasputtis 3-14)
Australia 70+ won by 5 runs
Man of the Match – Ron Kasputtis


CHAIRMAN’S XI v AUSTRALIA 70+ - Monday 6th August at Banbury XX CC

Micky Swain won an important toss on a hot and humid day in North Oxfordshire and, to the relief of the team, elected to bat.  Openers Miles Rawlings and Ted Levey batted steadily against a useful Aussie attack and put on 85 together before Ted was bowled in the 21st over.  Local batsman Tom Moffatt joined Miles and they added a further 58 runs before Miles was run out. Trevor Knowles was soon stumped but Tom and Stuart Bulger batted through to the end adding 78 and guiding the Chairman’s team to a 45 over total of 222-3.
The visitors made a rapid start in reply reaching 46 in 9 overs before Wavell McPherson was run out; this brought skipper and star batsman Ian Petherick to the crease. He soon lost John Stackpole LBW to Buddy Langford and when Chris Tucker and Andy Parkyn started bowling in tandem the home side began to get on top. When Petherick fell to Andy’s penultimate delivery and a second run out occurred two runs later the Chairman’s XI had the Australians reeling at 157-7. However, opening bowler Tim Spear struck a defiant 43 before becoming the ninth man out at 202. The last pair added 19 and when Buddy started his last over they needed just two runs for victory. After five dot balls the Aussies attempted a sharp single (or at least one of them did!) and with both batsmen stranded at the keepers end the run out was completed to give the Chairman’s XI victory by a single run.
Thanks to Banbury XX for providing an excellent track and sumptuous catering; things bode well for the 1st ODI there on Wednesday.

Chairman’s XI 222-3 (Tom Moffatt 62*, Miles Rawlings 58, Ted Levey 37, Stuart Bulger 34*)
Australia 70+ 221 ao (Andy Parkyn 2-24, Chris Tucker 2-43)
Man of the Match – Tom Moffatt


Norfolk / Suffolk Combined vs Australia - Friday 3rd August

Australia Over 70's made it three wins in a row with victory over a combined Norfolk and Suffolk side at Fakenham yesterday.

Looking every inch professional, the tourists resplendent in their uniformed shirts and shorts were into an extensive warm up routine as the home side could only watch.

Aussie skipper Stirling Hammond had no hesitation in batting when given the choice by Geoff Saunders and from the start showed positive intent. The home side found bowling difficult on a batting pitch well prepared by the Fakenham groundsman and it was no surprise when Tim Ward became the first batsmen to retire at the mandatory 50 run point. The introduction of both David Powell and Peter Knight provided both a reduction in the run rate and the first wicket as the Australian batsmen struggled against bowlers who took the pace off the ball. David Powell's figures of 9-1-0-24 were to eventually win him the home team's man of the match but more importantly, it brought the East Anglian team back into the game. For the first time in over 70's cricket, the DRS system was used following the dismissal of an Australian batsmen for lbw. Jacko was adamant that the ball had hit pad before bat and the umpire agreed however, the appeal was withdrawn after it was agreed by both the square leg umpire and three or four players that it was in fact bat first. To add insult to injury this batsman became the second Australian to retire. Stirling Hammond fell to a diving catch, well held by Bruce Tomlinson off Jacko's bowling ( bringing a smile to his face as he declared it was his 100th wicket since playing for Norfolk). The Australians were pushing for a large total but the introduction of Rick Walters saw two wickets fall to the man derogatory referred to as a 'Pie chucker) for just 6 runs from his two overs. 245-4 from 45 overs as the innings closed.

It was immediately apparent post the tea break that the Australians possessed a formidable opening attack with the wicket keeper standing well back . Kasputis at one end and Spear at the other had both openers wishing they had worn thigh pads. Kasputis was fast but Spear was even quicker. It's fair to say that no Over 70s player has faced bowlers of this pace in the National Championship since its inception.
Runs were difficult to come by as a result of both the line the bowlers were sticking to and the sharpness in the field by the visitors. 15 -1, 30-2 then 30-3 as three left handlers had all perished, however Dougie Andrews was hanging in like a limpet. Dewson joined Andrews and again the DRS system was used when Dewson was adjudged out lbw in the same circumstances as had occurred during the Australian innings. Once again the appeal was withdrawn and the batsman resumed his innings. Both Dewson and Andrews retired having reached 35 and 37 respectively . Jacko retired hurt and the innings ended on 127-6.

Whilst the margin of defeat was huge, it was a game enjoyed by all and played in the best spirits. This Australian side look capable of giving all the Counties a good game and the Three ODI's should be well worth watching.

Fakenham Cricket Club hosted this fixture extremely well both on and off the field. The catering was superb and the whole day was a credit to Geoff Saunders and his team of helpers. Speeches were made by both sides and various people received individual accolades for their performances on the day.

Norfolk combined well with their Suffolk compatriates however this will all be forgotten when the two teams meet on the 9th and 16th August as both sides look for their first victory of the season


MATCH REPORT (Weds 1st August @ Maldon CC)

Australia Over 70s 226-8 from 45 Overs (Gibson and Terrell both retired out on 50). 

Essex Over 70s 120-9 from 45 overs  (Kasputis 5 overs 2-10, Court 4 overs 2-7).  Ken Johnson 25 n.o., Keith Mitchell 24, Bobby Newman 19.

Australia were too strong for us on the day, having batted first and put a decent total on the board, mainly down to a solid start from their top order who ran well between the wickets.
Their batters 2 and 3 (Gibson and Terrell) both retired on 50. Thereafter we took wickets fairly regularly and did well to restrict them to 226 from 45 overs.
After tea, our top and middle order were blown away by some very good swing bowling from both openers (Kasputis & Court).
Bob Newman (19) was the only batter in the top 6 to have any degree of success, but a very good partnership between Ken Johnson (25 n.o.) and Keith Mitchell (24) ensured that the Aussies had to bowl all 45 overs in the warm sunshine.


The England 70+ team to play Australia in the 1st ODI on 8th August at Banbury is :

M Swain  Capt, C Swadkin  V-Capt.
A Barnes, B Philips
M Wright, M Burgess  Wk
P Crees, B Hart
P Taylor, M Woodward
P Betteley, T Spindler


The full sqaud to play Australia in the three ODI's is as follows :

Mick Swain ( Captain) (Hampshire), Chris Swadkin (Vice Captain) (Kent)
Andy Barnes (Sussex), Peter Crees (Sussex)
Martin Hall (Hampshire), Barry Hart (Surrey)
Stuart Bulger (Hertfordshire), Colin Breed (Kent)
Peter Betteley (Wales), Trevor Spindler (Oxfordshire)
Martin Woodward (Worcestershire), Bob Philips (Kent)
Phil Taylor (Yorkshire), Martin Burgess (Wk Kp) Sussex
Malcolm Wright (Essex)


Itinerary for the 2018 Australia 70+ Tour of the UK

Day Date Opposition Venue Start Time Result
Mon 30-July Hertfordshire Tring Park   Australia won by 7 Wickets
Wed 1-Aug Essex Maldon CC   Australia won by 106 Runs
Frid 3-Aug Norfolk / Suffolk Fakenham CC   Australia won by 119 Runs
Mon 6-Aug Chairmans XI Banbury XX CC   Chairman's XI won by 1 Run
Wed 8-Aug England 1st ODI Banbury XX CC   Australia won by 5 Runs
Frid 10-Aug Worcestershire Pershore CC   Australia won by 129 Runs
Mon 13-Aug Gloucs / Warwicks Dorridge CC   Australia won by 70 Runs
Wed 15-Aug Wales Abergavenny CC   Australia won by 187 Runs
Frid 17-Aug England 2nd ODI Horsham CC  

England won by 22 Runs

Mon 20-Aug Sussex Horsham CC   Australia won by 58 Runs
Wed 22-Aug Kent The Mote CC   Australia won by 66 Runs
Frid 24-Aug Surrey Horsley & Send CC   Australia won by 67 Runs
Mon 27-Aug England 3rd ODI Sutton CC   England won by 4 Runs


Latest results summaries :

Australia 70+ 289-3 (50 Overs) beat England 70+ 114 All Out (42.4 Overs) by 175 Runs
Robert Ogden 39

Australia 70+ 143-6 (30 Overs) Tied with beat England 70+ 143-4 (30 Overs)

Australia 70+ 149-1 (29.4 Overs) beat England 70+ 148-8 (50 Overs) by 9 wickets

England were heavily defeated by a much superior Australian side to go two down in the five match series. England batted first on the premier Geelong Cricket Club's ground at Kardinia Park.
Pearce and Swain put on 26 without major alarms until Swain was LBW for 15. Pearse followed, again LBW for 18 with the score on 40, and then a complete collapse followed to leave the innings in total disarray at 6 for 48. With nothing to lose, Baxter (27) and Corke (21) rebuilt the innings with a stand of 49, with Smith (15 n o) and Clarke (23 n o) putting on an unbroken 46 to take England to a close on 8 for 148. The wickets were shared between Kasputtis, Lovel and Edmunds.
To stay in the game England needed early wickets, and Spindler obliged by dismissing Stackpoole for 6. Petherick came to the wicket and continued where he had left off in Adelaide, making 74 not out with Berenger finishing on 50 not out, as Australia cruised to a nine wicket win in less than 30 overs. England must now show great improvement to have any hope of retaining the Ashes against a very competent and professional Australia team, who are proving to be strong in all departments.

England 70+ 144-5 (40 Overs) beat South Australia Country XI 132-4 (40 Overs) by 12 Runs
Trevor Knowles 30, Peter Betterley 2-14

Australia 70+ 197-7 (50 Overs) beat England 70+ 183-8 (50 Overs) by 14 Runs
Martin Pearse 36, Ian Watson 34 No, Trevor Spindler 3-23, Peter Betteley 3-37

South Australia 127-5 (45 Overs) lost to England 70+ 128-4 (41 Overs) by 6 wickets
Mike Swain (Cpt) 34, Grahame Corke 2-18

South Australia batted first on a hot day in Adelaide on a pitch that proved difficult to score on with a slow outfield. Spindler again bowled well, this time with Corke, each only conceding 18 runs in 9 overs, with Spindler taking one wicket and Corke two.
Clarke and Smith also bowled tightly against the impressive Reid who retired on 50. A late flurry of runs took South Australia to 127 in 45 overs. England found runs just as difficult to score, and lost two wickets for 22 after 11 overs. and when Swain was out for 34 with the score on 74 the game was in the balance. Baxter was joined by Smith and the two then built a match winning partnership of 54 as they took the score past South Australia without further alarms.

Western Australia 173-5 (45 Overs) lost to England 70+ 174-3 (42.5 Overs) by 7 Wickets
Barry Hart 64 Ret No, Andy Barnes (Cpt) 41, Trevor Knowles 3-17, Miles Rawlings 31 no

Western Australia 183-4 (39.1 Overs) beat England 70+ 182-5 (40 Overs) by 6 Wickets
Mike Swain 76 Ret No, Trevor Knowles 2-37


Winter 2018 Tour to Australia Fixture List

Day Date Opposition Venue Start Time Result
Mon 26-Feb Western Australia   Scarborough 9am Lost
Wed 28-Feb Western Australia   Iluka 10.30 Won
Frid 2-March South Australia  Northfield 10:30 Won
Sun 4-March Australia (ODI)   Banksia Park 10:00 Lost
Tues 6-March South Australia Country XI   Mount Gambier 10:30 Won
Thurs 8-March Australia (ODI)   Geelong 10:30 Lost
Sun 11-March Australia (ODI)   Brisbane 10:30 ABND
Mon 12-March Queensland   Caloundra 14:00 ABND
Wed 14-March Australia (30 Over Friendly)   Buderim 10:30 TIE
Sat 17-March Australia (ODI)   Manly TBC 10:30 Lost


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