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President : Roger Dakin
Vice Presidents: Peter Baxter, Scyld Berry, Henry Blofeld

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The squad for next Friday's ODI v Pakistan at Oswestry CC (SY11 2AY) is:
Chris Evans (Surrey) - Captain
John Punchard (Lancashire) - Vice-Captain
David Bartholomew (Lancashire)
Martyn Bowyer (Gloucestershire)
Chris Dearden (Lancashire)
Richard Harris (Wales)
Richard Merriman (Derbyshire)
Arshad Mughal (Essex)
Jim Phillips (Kent)
Mike Stafford (Middlesex)
Neil Stevens (Middlesex)
Chris Tarrant (Kent) - Wk
Murphy Walwyn (Yorkshire)
Marcus Young (Essex)

Stand-by players - Nigel Belletty (Gloucestershire), Simon Clements (Hertfordshire), Keith Harsham (Hampshire).

Scorer - Maggie Boyden

This 50 over match begins at 11.30.


England v Australia O60 – 1st ODI at Maldon CC, Essex 14 June 2019

A welcome break from seemingly continuous rain brought some breezy sunshine to Maldon CC for the first ODI of the summer. The pitch looked good though the ground and outfield was still lush and slow following heavy rain. Bad news greeted the England boys after the warm up as Chris Evans (Surrey) and Dave Bartholomew (Lancs) were side-lined through injury.
Australian skipper called the toss correctly after the two teams had manfully tried to give renditions of the National Anthems and President of Essex CCC David Acfield had presented caps to the England new boys Richard Merriman (Derbyshire) and Simon Clements (Herts). Also in attendance the President of Kent CCC Chris Swadkin.
The summer series got underway very slowly as the England openers struggled to get the ball away in the lush outfield. Merriman fell early to a catch behind and Neil Calvert joined skipper John Foster to start the rebuilding process. Australian bowler Ken McGrogan had to leave the field after injuring his shoulder making a diving stop off his own bowling. Runs were at a premium and the first boundary did not come until the 19th over, at the same time Foster (19) had to retire with a pulled hamstring. Clements joined Calvert and both tried to score more quickly against the change bowlers with some success until Calvert (42) also succumbed to a pulled hamstring trying to complete a second run. With the score on 84 for ‘1’ after 34 overs things were not looking too rosy for England as overs slowly ebbed away. Punchard (Lancs) came and went quickly after a run out mix up but then Walwyn (Yorks) and Clements set about the later Australian bowlers gradually increasing the run rate whilst aiming for a target of around 180.
Walwyn fell caught on the boundary for a powerful 32 and Clements (56 no) and Harsham (15 no) saw things through to the end of the allotted 50 overs with the score finishing on 182 for 3. The whole innings included only 7 boundaries and one six.
After tea it was clear that neither Foster nor Calvert were going to be able to take the field – so hastily arranged substitutes were sought in the form of Mike Stafford (Middx) and manager Clive Ricks. Punchard took over the captaincy role.
The Aussies got away to a flier with skipper Mark Gaskell being severe on anything wayward and the score had raced to 27 by the 5th over. Suddenly the outfield seemed much smaller as a flurry of boundaries looked to set the visitors on their way to victory. All was not lost though – Marcus Young (Essex) and Keith Harsham (Hants) put the brakes on and pressure began to tell with a run out (Merriman) though at drinks the Australians were 70 for 1 (compared to England 55 for 1) needing a further 113 to win.
Three wickets then fell quickly with a catch by Walwyn, a run out (Young) and an LBW (Courtney) swung the game toward the home side and when Gaskell was out leg before in the 39th over with the score on 117 for 5 the balance had swung in England’s favour. Young (10-1-23-0) and Harsham (10-2-23-1) competed their spells, Courtney (8-0-27-1) provided more control leaving the final overs to Punchard (9-0-42-2) and Staple (8-1-32-2) (Kent) with the visitors requiring 34 from the last 5 overs. A good stumping by Belletty (Gloucs) accounted for another batsman, then another run outs followed and a wicket for Staple left the Aussies needing 13 from the last over with one wicket in hand. A final run out sealed the game for the home side – victory by 11 runs in an exciting finish. For the Aussies Glenn Richardson scored a patient 17 whilst Ian Bradburn made 36 in quick time to keep the run chase alive.
Maldon CC laid on an excellent supper after the game and England Manager Clive Ricks welcomed the Aussies to the country and promised to stop the rain from falling. Captains Mark Gaskell and John Foster awarded the MOMs to Simon Clements for his 56 no and Rex Bennett for his miserly opening spell of 10 overs for just 10 runs. Thanks were duly given to all at Maldon CC, the two umpires and of course the scorer Maggie Boyden. So the walking wounded head off to Oswestry for the match against Pakistan on Friday 21 June with a further meeting against the Australians at Kidderminster on 28th.

John Foster 15/6/19


Results Reporting - Reminder

Please report all results including cancelled 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.


Playing Regulations 2019 - ** Important **

It has come to light that there is a direct conflict between part of Paragraph 2.2 and Paragraph 3.5

This could affect any match that has commenced then interrupted by bad weather and potentially give an unfair
advantage to the team batting second

Please note and pass on to all relevant parties that the correct wording for the first line of 2.2 is now:

"In matches where the start is delayed or agreement is reached to reduce the number of overs due to adverse weather conditions"

The key difference being that if play is suspended then 3.5 will apply and not 2.2

3.5 states"In a rain affected game where the first innings has commenced the first innings shall be allowed to run its course where time permits in order to minimise the disadvantage to the team batting first"


England 60+ News

The fourteen selected for the 1st ODI vs Australia at Maldon on 14th June are:

John Foster (Shropshire) - Captain
Chris Evans (Surrey) - Vice-Captain
Dave Bartholomew (Lancashire)
Nigel Belletty (Gloucestershire) - wk
Neil Calvert (Lincolnshire)
Simon Clements (Hertfordshire)
John Courtney (Gloucestershire)
Keith Harsham (Hampshire)
Richard Merriman (Derbyshire)
Denzil Owen (Buckinghamshire)
John Punchard (Lancashire)
Rupert Staple (Kent)
Murphy Walwyn (Yorkshire)
Marcus Young (Essex)

Scorer - Maggie Boyden
Manager - Clive Ricks

The other members of the squad for the summer ODIs are:
Martyn Bowyer (Gloucstershire)
Chris Dearden (Lancashire)
Richard Harris (Wales)
Jim Phillips (Kent)
Mike Stafford (Middlesex)
Neil Stevens (Middlesex)
Chris Tarrant (Kent)


England 70+ vs Kent 70+ : Thursday 2nd May at The Mote, Maidstone 1pm Start

The England team for this 12 a side match against the 2018 70+ Champions is :

Mick Swain (Hants) Captain
Andy Barnes (Sussex)
Peter Crees (Sussex)
Mike Byford (Surrey)
Keith Daniels (Gloucestershire)
Martin Hall  (Hants)
Malcolm Wright (Essex)
Barry Hart (Surrey)
Stuart Bulger (Herts)
Trevor Spindler (Oxfordshire)
Martin  Woodward Worcestershire)
Martin Burgess (Sussex) Wicket Keeper 


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


2019 England 60+ Internationals

Please navigate to the Internationals / Tours 60+ page for the latest team selection news and the full fixture vs the touring Australia and Pakistan teams


Invoices for the red Readers cricket balls supplied for the over 60's competitions will be sent out week commencing Monday 22nd April,


All the 2019 Readers Red League Match balls were scheduled for delivery this week any queries please contact Mike Savage directly. His new email address is [email protected]


Welcome back to the "new" National 60+/70+ County Cricket Championship website. Apologies for the recent unavailability though we've heard that the inadvertent links to dating and motor cycle websites proved quite popular with some of you.
The key difference is the slightly revised URL which as you can see is now
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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.

Internationals News

There are two 60+ Touring sides this season, Australia who will tour in the South and Pakistan who will tour in the North. The England team will then travel to Australia in November. We are also arranging three practice games for the England 70+ team this season, commencing with a pre season game against the County Champions Kent.

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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