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8/12/2019

England 60+ retain the Ashes

Australia vs. England - 3rd ODI at the Peter Burge Oval, Redlands.

It was crunch time. The series was level one match each as the two teams met at the Peter Burge Oval in Redlands near Brisbane. Both teams were optimistic that they had the necessary strengths to overcome their opposition and secure the grey ashes trophy.

England were the current holders having won the series 2-1 in England five months earlier. However this match was not going to be an easy contest and the England squad knew that Australia would fight hard to secure a victory.

Both sides arrived at the Redlands on what appeared to be a cool morning. However as the sides warned up the cloud burnt off and the temperature began to rise quickly.

John Foster won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat first on what looked to be a hard bouncy track. After all the formalities (photographs, anthems, etc.) the teams took the field. Australia were led out by their captain Mark Gaskell while John Foster and Chris Evans opened the batting for England.

After a bright start with both batsmen looking to be positive the first wicket fell with the score on 46 when Foster (17) gloved a short ball from Dale Thornton through to the keeper. Neil Calvert joined Evans at the wicket and these two proceeded to build an innings. The Australians bowled and fielded well and boundaries were hard to come by but these two took the score to 123 in 28 overs before Evans (53) was bowled playing a tired shot. England then shuffled the batting order a little to try add a little more impetus to the innings to ensure a score of somewhere near 250 was reached. Unfortunately wickets fell at inopportune moments and England could only reach a total of 226-9, probably 15 runs below par. Calvert played a magnificent innings but he too fell, mainly due to fatigue,  when he had scored an excellent 74. Richard Harris (20) and Jim Phillips (22) were the other major contributors.

In the lunch interval both teams enjoyed a magnificent lunch served up by the Redlands club.

After the break the Australians started their response. Mark Gaskell and Wayne Broad opened up in very positive mood and right from the word go were scoring at five runs an over; the required rate.

Foster changed the bowling much earlier than he would have liked in an effort to stem the flow of runs. However despite the early wicket of Broad, Gaskell and Greg Quinn continued to score fluently. At the halfway point in the run chase Australia were well ahead of the required rate. Finally, England got a breakthrough when Quinn was dismissed for a bright 46 but by now the tiring Gaskell was well set. Glenn Richardson came to the crease and between them, these two continued to score at above the required rate and the exhausted Gaskell kept going.

With Gaskell at the crease England were set to lose. Finally Gaskell (82) made a mistake and was bowled by John Courtney. There was now a faint glimmer of hope for the England team but the required rate was still well within reach. Wickets started to fall and when Richardson (25) was dismissed England had a slight upper hand. Emmanuel Benjamin came in at number eight and he played aggressively and with Australia needing 29 off the last four overs he scored two boundaries including a large six off the returning Neil Stevens. Suddenly the game had swung back firmly in Australia’s favour. The lower order batsmen were in now and scoring runs became much harder as the English fielding picked up a little. The vital run out of Benjamin (23) and an excellent catch by Micky Stafford in the deep to dismiss Dale Thornton (5) then set up a nail biting finish.

Australia needed 12 to win with one wicket left and the injured Rex Bennett at the crease (with a runner). In this situation chaos can ensue and this occasion was no exception. A mix-up between the runner and the non striker ended with all three at the wrong end and England celebrating a remarkable and very unlikely victory. Jim Phillips with 1-28 and John Courtney 3-50 were the pick of the English bowlers.

England were delighted; Australia were shell shocked. However after a few minutes both teams were shaking hands and the beer was flowing. England came out on top on the day but It was Australia who lost the match rather than England winning it. John Foster presented the Australian scorer Rusty with a small gift for putting up with England (and Maggie) for the last three matches.

At the post match dinner at the Redlands Club, Mark Gaskell paid tribute to everyone who has made the day a success: Rod Rice from Queensland Cricket, the Redlands Club for their hospitality, Peter Managhan and Steve Bucknall the umpires and Maggie and Rusty the scorers. Gaskell then presented the MoM to Neil Calvert for his fine 74.

John Foster responded and reiterated all these thanks and especially to Greg and Heidi from the Redlands Club and to their curator. He also presented a gift to Clive Ricks for his efforts as Tour Manager. Finally Foster presented the MoM to Dale Thornton and the Man of the Series to Peter Jenson.

A happy squad, a content manager and an ecstatic captain.

28/11/2019

Australia 60+ level the Ashes series

After being asked to bat Australia finished their 50 overs on 212-4 (Mark Gaskell 54, Greg Quinn 53, Neil Srevens 1-20 off 10 overs).
In reply England fell 22 runs short with 190-9 (John Punchard 44, Mick Kettle 4-31)

The deciding match takes place in Brisbane on Sunday December 8th

23/11/2019

England 60+ go up in the Ashes series down under

Australia Seniors 60+ v England Seniors - England Seniors 60+

The Bowral Oval adjacent to the Bradman Museum was the venue for the long awaited first ODI. The weather was warm but overcast as the two skippers tossed the coin and Australia elected to bat first.

Stevens opened and the Australian opener Gaskell hit two early boundaries to give the home side a flying start. England then struck back as Harsham bowled Gaskell with the score on 9 in the fourth over. Three maidens on the trot slowed the rate further and after ten overs the score was 21 for 1. Some tight bowling and good fielding kept the Aussies in check and a second wicket fell to Harsham with the Aussies on 36 for 2 from 14 overs. The score moved forwards slowly on a pitch with some uneven but generally low bounce. Courtney and Harris came into the attack and more wickets fell at 61, 64 and 73 to leave the home side struggling at 73 for 5 after 29 overs. A partial rebuilding exercise saw the Australians close on 152 for 7 in their 50 overs. There were two wickets for Harsham and three for Harris, one courtesy of a magnificent diving one-handed catch by Chris Evans and two good stumpings by Chris Tarrant. Other wickets fell to Courtney and Punchard.

Lunch was taken in the splendid surroundings of the main hall in Bradman Museum as both sides contemplated who was in the strongest position.

England also made a slow start with Foster falling in only the third over to a catch at extra cover. Evans and Clements sought to rebuild until they both fell in quick succession to leave England wobbling at 37 for 3 in the 17th over. Punchard and Harris came together with a partnership of 60 to swing the game in England's favour until Punchard was caught for 35 (68 balls). Bartholomew fell soon after as the wicket began to take spin and England were wobbling at 107 for 5 in the 40th over, still needing 46 to win. Harris continued to score steadily although hampered by an injury and when he was dismissed for 40 (86 balls), 23 were still needed from the remaining 5 overs. Nerves were settled though as Phillips played an excellent innings scoring 25 from 28 balls and alongside Harsham saw England to victory with 9 balls to spare.

A magnificent dinner was held after a guided tour of the Bradman Museum and Foster awarded MOM to Peter Jensen for his 42 no. Australian captain Mark Gaskell gave the England MOM deservedly to Richard Harris for his excellent all round performance taking 3 for 19 from 10 overs and 40 from 86 balls.

Foster thanked the people of Bowral Oval for the use of their magnificent facilities and also the CEO and curator of the Bradman Foundation for the hospitality and the freedom of the splendid museum which included squad photographs holding the ICC World Cups.

England are now 1 up in the series of three matches and move on to the second ODI in a week's time hoping to clinch the series. The group now move on to Manly for the second half of the tour.

01/10/2019

National 60+ / 70+ County Cricket Championship Annual General Meeting  2019

Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Constitution that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday
27th November 2019 at Banbury CC, Whitepost Road, Bodicote, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 4BN commencing at 12.00noon.

Barry Briscoe

Secretary

28/09/2019

The end of season statistics can now be found on the dedicated statistics page.

Full historical playing records can be accessed via the dedicated link on the main menu or By Clicking Here

Competition Winners 2019

1st XI Championship - Lancashire

1st XI Vase - Kent

1st XI Bowl - Middlesex

2nd XI Championship - Surrey

2nd XI Vase - Devon

3rd XI Championship - Surrey

4th XI Championship - Kent

70+ Championship - Essex

70+ Vase - Surrey

70+ Bowl - Kent

6/09/2019

The 60+ touring squad for the Winter Ashes Series and full fixture can be found on the Internationals page.

Results Reporting - Reminder

Please report all results including canceled and abandoned matches and update Play Cricket accordingly.
The timescale is to report the result / cancellation by 12 noon the day following the match and update Play Cricket
within 72 hours.
If results are not reported then the league tables on the website cannot be updated and the Play Cricket tables are
also incomplete.
As per Rule 9.2 failure to meet the reporting deadlines may incur a 2 point penalty. After a written warning if the offence is repeated a penalty deduction of 2 points will be applied followed by a penalty deduction of 2 points on every subsequent other occasion that a County fails to comply with either deadline.

1st and 2nd XI Match Days

Following discussions with the full Committee it has been agreed that, in accordance with Rule 3.3 all 1st and 2nd XI fixtures MUST be played on Tuesdays.
In exceptional circumstances (e.g. to avoid playing an International fixture adjacent to a Championship game), the competition organiser may, with both sides agreement, allow the game to be moved to a different day during the same week. If such a move is made then Rule 5.1.2 will apply and no player may play in both the 1st and 2nd XI in the same week.
No points will be awarded to either team for matches not played on a Tuesday unless permission has been granted to move the match by the competition organiser

Group Matches

Due to the extra games in 2019 there will be no replays in either the Phase 1 Regional Leagues or the Phase 2 Championship Leagues, for the 60+ 1s XI, 60+ 2nd XI and 70+ 1st XI Competitions.
For cancelled matches each team will be awarded 8 points.
For matches abandoned without a result each team will be awarded 8 points plus any bonus points accrued during the match.

New Points System for all Group / League Matches

Winning team 10 points, plus Bonus points (maximum of 10).
Losing team Bonus points only (maximum of 10).
Bowling Bonus Points: 1 point for 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 wickets taken (maximum of 5)
Batting Bonus Points: Total of (a) + (b) below capped at a maximum of 5
(a) 1 point awarded at 125, 150, 175, 200 and 225 runs
(b) In addition winning teams batting 2nd can also earn 1 Batting Point for each pair of wickets in hand

In 70+ matches agreed to be 40 overs before the start of play batting bonus points are awarded at 100, 125. 150, 178 and 200 (Maximum of 5)

Tied Game 5 points each, plus Bonus points

The maximum points a team can score in any game is 20. 

Clive Ricks
Chairman

2019 Code of Conduct, Constitution, Rules and Playing Regulations

The 2019 Rules can be read by Clicking Here

The 2019 Playing Regulations can be read by Clicking Here

The 2019 Constitution can be read by Clicking Here

The 2019 Code of Conduct can be read by Clicking Here

It is essential that all Captains, Organisers and Umpires are fully familiar with the latest Rules and Playing regulations.

Qualification of players:

All players must be registered on the Championship National 60+/70+ County Cricket Play-Cricket website. No unregistered player will be permitted to play in any Championship match. Click here for the guidelines on how to register your players for the National Championship.

Tenth 60+/70+ National County Cricket Championship AGM & EGM

Minutes of the 2018 AGM held on 28th November 2018 can be read by Clicking Here

Minutes of the 2018 EGM held on 28th November 2018 can be read by Clicking Here

 

 

 

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