Steve Curnow - Somerset
It is with great sadness that I am sharing the news of the passing of a much respected cricketing colleague and good friend within both local and Somerset County Seniors cricket.
Steve Curnow died on 6 June, peacefully at home in the presence of his immediate family. After a number of very successful years contributing to our Seniors' XIs during which he proved himself to be a real asset, not least with his miserly spin bowling, Steve's 2019 season was cut short when he was diagnosed with cancer. Surgery and a period of treatment and therapy gave rise to a real hope that he might make a complete recovery and it was uplifting to see, by the end of the season, Steve strolling around the boundary, keen to return to playing in 2020.
It therefore came as a shock to everyone close to Steve when, in May, it was confirmed that cancer had reappeared and after just a few weeks we learned that Steve had passed away.
His funeral in South Bristol was attended by a large number of family and friends including sporting colleagues among which were many representatives from SSCA,
Steve was a skillful cricketer, keen competitor and a delightful post-match companion. He will be greatly missed.
Rev Canon Brian Pearson
Somerset Seniors Cricket Association
Cricket In Spain
In lieu of the postponed 60+ World Cup, there will be a triangular tournament between England, Wales and a Chairman's side taking place at the Desert Springs Resort in Spain from 7-14 November. If you fancy some days in the sun, with a golf course and tennis courts on site and the beach 15 mins away, then why not join us? Details of the resort can be found at: https://www.desertspringsresort.es/home/cricket
The cost will be in the region of £300 - please contact Clive Ricks for further details at:
2020 60+ National Championship
After much deliberation, and taking into account the latest ECB advice concerning recreational cricket, it is the unanimous decision of the National Committee to cancel all 2020 competitions. We would like to thank the Regional Chairman for helping us take soundings from the counties in their area. Given the timeframe available we feel it is impractical to organise a meaningful national competition, this is not a decision we have taken lightly.
Should circumstances change and permission be given to play some cricket, it would be up to individual counties to decide if they wished to participate in any friendly fixtures. These matches would, of course, be outside the jurisdiction of the National Committee. At the present time it would be our recommendation that no such matches are undertaken.
It is likely that next year’s subscriptions will be held at the present level and, therefore, any subscriptions paid for this year will automatically be carried forward to the 2021 season. The cricket balls purchased by our member counties will also be suitable for 2021. We will be informing Dukes that our competitions will not be taking place this year and there is therefore no need to rush delivery. We ask that balls be paid for when delivered but, if the purchase of cricket balls proves a financial difficulty for any county, they are asked to apply to Andrew Clarke, our Treasurer, for the deferment of payment until April 2021.
We will issue a further message at the end of July to update everyone on the progress of our international tours and competitions and how we will conduct the 2020 AGM.
We understand only too well the frustration and disappointment that everyone will feel about being deprived of the sport we love for this season. But, in making our decision, we have to consider the health and welfare of all players and officials and we feel that cancellation is the only option left open to us. Let us hope that we can all return to competitive action in 2021 and resume our friendly rivalries.
England Seniors Cricket Chairman
on behalf of the National Committee
60+ World Cup 2020 - Postponed
It has been a difficult period since the outbreak of Covid 19 earlier in 2020. Luckily Queensland seems to have escaped relatively unscathed with the second best ratio of infections per 100,000 in Australia, just over 20 people and currently only 3 infections.
Gradually we are being given greater freedom and can now travel and stay anywhere in Qld, however our borders remain closed and self isolation is still occurring if you can manage to get a ticket into Qld.
Whilst the pandemic is slowly being controlled in most Nations there are still some places where the outbreaks are far from being under control. I hope you have all managed to keep family, friends and yourselves safe.
The QVC Organising Committee has taken the difficult decision to postpone the World Cup until a similar time (Oct/Nov) in 2021, a decision ratified by VCA. We have agonised over this decision but in the end we have had to make the hard call. It came down to the fact that internationally there is no timeline for the resumption of International travel, many nations have border restrictions in place and self quarantine is still required on entry in many Nations. We hope that you understand.
We have been in regular communication with our Travel Consultant, Zoe who has advised that credit for early bookings will be available however refunds will prove to be more difficult. Zoe will make contact with all nations in the next week
Our Committee anticipates that it will re-commence the planning process once again from the very beginning. We are confident that we can do an even better job of providing an exciting and challenging 60’s World Cup in Oct/Nov 2021. Please feel free to contact me or offer advice on the 2021 event.
Kerry Emery OAM
Organising Committee Chair
Ernie Tattersdill - Berkshire
Berkshire Seniors are extremely sad to announce the death of Ernie Tattersdill on Thursday, 21st May. Ernie, born in 1942, was a stalwart of Berkshire Seniors and played his club cricket for Wargrave and Englefield. A Berkshire man through and through he began his Berkshire Seniors career in 1993 and played his final game for the Over 60's in 2013, Do the arithmetic.
In that time he played well over 50 games for the seniors, scoring over 750 runs, and taking a solitary wicket (as far as the statistics go only 1 can be found).
He then took on the role of match manager for the seniors ensuring everyone knew where to be and when as well as scoring for all of the Seniors sides.
He also used to bring his kit and more than once had to don the whites to field substitute for someone pulling a muscle. Have pencils, will travel and on some occasions would score three games a week for the seniors. With Ernie the score book had to balance, which meant occasionally he would be heading from the score box to the pavilion for tea as the batsmen were coming out for the second innings!
He liked a pint of Guinness and was a season ticket holder for Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.
For a number of years he was the Seniors representative on the regional committee and messages of condolences coming in from those who knew him pay testament to his popularity outside the county boundaries. Last November he was the inaugural winner of the Graham Roberts Trophy for services to Berkshire Seniors Cricket and there could not have been a more fitting winner.
He was a true gentleman of the game and will be missed by all who came across him on the cricket field.
His funeral will take place on Friday 5th June at 10am at Easthampstead Crematorium and as anticipated, this will be family only.
His wife Jan, son Paul and daughter Emma would like to covey their thanks for all the cards, kind messages received as well as the reminiscences of Ernie at various social occasions. There will be a memorial service held in the future when circumstances allow and a collection for a cricket related charity arranged. Details will be circulated when known.
The family have asked that, if anyone feels so inclined and it is possible to do so safely, they should display a cricket bat outside their house on the 5th June as a mark of respect for Ernie.
Ronnie Brock on behalf of Berkshire Seniors
How to Use The DLS Caclculator within the Play Cricket Scorer App
Join the RunsWktsOvers YouTube channel via this link at 7pm on Wednesday 20th May
DLS Calculator Demonstration
Where they will be demonstrating how to use the DL Calculator within the Play Cricket Scorer app.
DL stands for Duckworth Lewis which is a method of calculating a new target score for a team batting second in a limited overs cricket match that has been shortened mainly due to weather but could be for any other reason.
The DL method is available in two formats, DL Standard and DLS Professional. When using the Professional method, an ‘S’ appears in the method name to represent Professor Stern who is responsible for the software used to perform DLS Professional Calculations. The two methods are not interchangeable, as they produce different target scores in the same scenarios.
The Play Cricket Scorer app has a DL Standard Calculator embedded in it, which is the version being demonstrated in this session on RunsWktsOvers. The DL Calculator is available as a standalone function and as an accessible feature while scoring.
The Play Cricket Scorer app is available to download free of charge on both iOS and Android devices (tablets and smartphones). If you want to follow the demonstration at home, please visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download the Play Cricket Scorer app to your smart device, then join in live on YouTube on Wednesday 20th May.
Important News - 70+ Championship 2020
It is with great regret that, after carefully considering all options, the National Committee has decided to cancel the 70+ Championship for the 2020 season. We realise that is a significant blow to our active members, who are in the latter stages of their career, but we feel it is the only safe course of action. The England 70+ tour to Australia has also been cancelled and we hope to re-arrange the trip for 2021.
As far as the 60+ competitions are concerned, it is extremely unlikely that we will be able to commence the programme as we had hoped on 23 June. However, we will postpone a final decision on that until 12 June, in the event of more promising news and guidance.
Our fall-back position is that, if cricket is permitted after 1 August, we will attempt to hold a straight knock-out competition. The 60+ World Cup is also unlikely to go ahead in October, (England and Wales have indicated a preference for a postponement until February 2021); the organising committee will be making their decision on 9 June.
Please pass on this message to all your members and convey the frustration that we all feel in being unable to participate in our wonderful sport. Take care and stay as alert as a top slip fielder!
England Seniors Cricket Chairman
on behalf of the National Committee
Click on the link below for a light hearted isolation song from Larry Warr (Buckinghamshire wicket keeper, joker and musician)
Larry Warr Isolation Song
Phoenix FM : 98 Not Out Thursday Cricket Show
This week Thursday 30th April our very own Andrew Gallant will be appearing on this Radio Show to talk about Seniors Cricket
Tune in details and podcasts of previous shows are located via this link (via the Internet only unless you're in Brentwood or Billericay)
Listen To Live Broadcasts
Cricket Podcasts and Information
Click on the link below for some topical light entertainment provided by one
of our esteemed County Representatives (I'm sure many of you will recognize him)
Jor Perry Social Isolation Song
The 2020 Constitution, Code of Conduct, Playing Regulations and Rules can now be accessed on the dedicated Constitution, Rules and Regulations page.
To ensure all Home Venues are shown on both Play Cricket and the Fixtures Pages of this website if you haven't already done so please send all your Home Venues to the website administrator - Derrick Sheldon at [email protected]
The Minutes of the January 2020 Committee Meeting can be read via the dedicated Committee Meeting Minutes page
Match Balls 2020 - Reminder
For those counties who have yet to submit their order for 60's and 70's match balls please send their
requirements to Len Attard via email [email protected] at soon as possible.
Duckworth Lewis Stern
As agreed at the 2019 AGM for 2020 the Standard Version of Duckworth Lewis Stern will be used for all matches in the 60+ and 70+ Competitiions.
Please click on the following link to download a guide to using the DLS Calculator.
Tho official title of the App is Duckworth Lewis Stern PCS D/L Calculator the image in the App Store looks like this :
DLS Calculator Guide
The Minutes from the 2019 AGM can now be accessed by following the link at the very bottom of this page.
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
Results Reporting - Reminder
Please report all results including canceled and abandoned matches and update Play Cricket accordingly.
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
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.
2020 Code of Conduct, Constitution, Rules and Playing Regulations
The 2020 Rules can be read by Clicking Here
The 2020 Playing Regulations can be read by Clicking Here
The 2020 Constitution can be read by Clicking Here
The 2020 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.
for the guidelines on how to register your players for the National Championship.
Eleventh 60+/70+ National County Cricket Championship AGM
Minutes of the 2019 AGM held on 27th November 2019 can be read by Clicking Here