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12/08/2022

70+ 1st XI Vase Quarter Finals - 18th August

Seed

 

 

 

Seed

1

Norfolk

v

Gloucestershire

17

4

Worcestershire

v

Devon

13

2

Hampshire

v

Bedfordshire

18

3

Somerset

v

Leicestershire

14

10/08/2022

60+ 2nd XI Bowl Quarter Finals - 16th August

Seed

 

 

 

Seed

1

Buckinghamshire

v

Devon

8

4

Leicestershire

v

Hampshire

6

2

Gloucestershire

v

Bedfordshire

7

3

Surrey

v

Shropshire

5

NB Draw adjusted to prevent teams from the same Regional Group playing each other again prior to the Semi Finals

4/8/2022

70+ 1st XI Cup Quarter Finals - 18th August

Seed

 

 

 

Seed

1

Wales

v

Kent

8

4

Surrey

v

Lincs / Ridings

7

2

Cheshire

v

Hertfordshire

6

3

Suffolk

v

Berks / Bucks

5

NB Draw adjusted to prevent teams from the same Matrix fixtures playing each other again prior to the Semi Finals

70+ 1st XI Vase Preliminary Round - 11th August

Seed

 

 

 

Seed

13

Devon

v

Warwickshire

20

14

Leicestershire

v

Wiltshire

19

15

Essex

v

Bedfordshire

18

16

Sussex

v

Gloucestershire

17

60+ 3rd XI Cup Quarter Finals - 16th August

Seed

 

 

 

Seed

1

Wales

v

Surrey

7

4

Oxfordshire

v

Essex

5

2

Kent

v

Worcestershire

8

3

Sussex

v

Gloucestershire

6

60+ 3rd XI Cup Semi Finals - 30th August

 

Wales or Surrey

v

Oxfordshire or Essex

 

Kent or Worcestershire

v

Sussex or Gloucestershire

60+ 3rd XI Vase Preliminary - 16th August

Seed

 

 

 

Seed

11

Hertfordshire

v

Warwickshire

13

12

Somerset

v

Suffolk

14

60+ 3rd XI Vase Semi Finals - 30th August

Seed

 

 

 

Seed

9

Middlesex

v

Somerset

12 /14

10

Buckinghamshire

v

Herts or Warwicks

11 / 13

 

3/8/2022

60+ 2nd XI Cup - 16th August

Seed

 

 

 

Seed

1

Lancashire

v

Norfolk

8

2

Hertfordshire

v

Somerset

7

3

Wales

v

Essex

6

4

Kent

v

Yorkshire Ridings

5

60+ 2nd XI Vase - 16th August

Seed

 

 

 

Seed

1

Oxfordshire

v

Staffordshire

8

2

Sussex

v

Worcestershire

6

3

Suffolk

v

Middlesex

7

4

Warwickshire

v

Cambs & Hunts

5

60+ 2nd XI Bowl Preliminary - 9th August

Seed

 

 

 

Seed

5

Shropshire

v

Lincolnshire

12

6

Hampshire

v

Cheshire

11

7

Bedfordshire

v

Cornwall

10

8

Devon

v

Berkshire

9

27/07/2022

60+ 1st XI Knock Out Draws

Cup - Tuesday 2nd August

Seed

Home

 

Away

Seed

1

Essex

v

Staffordshire

16

2

Lancashire

v

Suffolk

15

3

Cornwall

v

Sussex

14

4

Kent

v

Wales

13

5

Warwickshire

v

Derbyshire

11

6

Yorkshire

v

Oxfordshire

12

7

Hertfordshire

V

Worcestershire

10

8

Gloucestershire

v

Middlesex

9

Vase - Tuesday 16th August

Seed

Home

 

Away

Seed

1

Durham / Northumberland 

v

Buckinghamshire

7

2

Surrey

v

Yorkshire Ridings

8

3

Norfolk

v

Hampshire

6

4

Somerset

v

Northamptonshire

5

Bowl Preliminary Round - Tuesday 2nd August

Seed

Home

 

Away

Seed

8

Cheshire

v

Devon

9

Bowl 1st Round Proper - Tuesday 16th August

Seed

Home

 

Away

Seed

1

Wiltshire

V

Bedfordshire

7

2

Cambs / Hunts

v

Cheshire

8

3

Berkshire

V

Leicestershire

5

4

Shropshire

v

Lincolnshire

6

25/07/2022

Announcing Sporta Travel Arrangement

The Internationals Committee, led by the efforts of Paul Bradley, have been seeking sponsorship on behalf of the Championship and have succeeded in securing a 3 year travel and logistics partnership with Sporta Tours which the Management Committee have endorsed. 

The Championship will benefit from payments by Sporta of £2,500 in Year one (payable on signing the agreement) and £3,500 in years 2 and 3. In addition should any County or its members arrange a tour with Sporta in this period the Championship will receive £50 per person on the trip. Also £100 per tour as a contribution to performance awards/mementos. 

In return Sporta will have exclusive rights for all outbound Representative tours (note that visitors to UK are not bound by this). We will also faciltate marketing information from Sporta being received by Counties in membership so they may consider Sporta in arranging any tours they may be planning.  

24/7/2022

England 60+ win Summer Series opener. Full details on the England 60+ News Page.

16/07/2022

Red Weather Heat Warning for Week Commencing Monday 18th July 2022

As you will all be aware Red and Amber alerts have been issued for Tuesday 19th July and as such and recognising the potential temperature differences across the country, the Committee has made the following decisions: 

1. Where a RED Weather warning is in place 48 hours out from the match (in this case 12 noon on Sunday 17th July) or the maximum forecast temperature is 33 degrees or higher for the day of the match the game must be cancelled. There is no need to seek mutual agreement for this - it is a general approach to a health and safety issue.  

2. If no RED warning is in place but the maximum forecast temperature is between 28 and 32 degrees the match can go ahead but must be limited to a maximum of 40 overs with drinks breaks every 10 overs. Again this is not dependent on mutual agreement. Fewer overs than 40 can also be played with the agreement of both teams.  

3. The Committee does not consider it practical nor equitable (as some counties would find problems in meeting a new date) to move a block of fixtures to another date so the 19th July fixtures, like a rain affected cancellation, will not be replayed. 

4. Should temperatures rise unexpectedly when matches are taking place and reach 33 degrees, the match should be suspended until the temperature falls. If the match cannot be completed the normal rules as per rain interruption apply - match abandoned or result determined by DLS. 

5. As there are different forecasts available we suggest the BBC weather forecast be used as the arbiter and the BBC Weather app for in match temperatures

I hope this is clear to all and despite our collective wish to play as much as possible the duty of care to the health of all senior cricketers must be paramount. 

Keep safe all! 

Extreme Hot Weather Advice

Managers and Captains have a duty of care to their players  and they should consider the guidance below for Seniors Cricket. 

Hydration 

Ensure that there are regular drinks breaks; it is suggested ten overs maximum between drinks, which, when possible, are taken in the shade. One of the intervals should give players time to use toilet facilities to check through the ‘Pee Test ‘ that they are not dehydrated.

Sun Safety 

Encourage all to wear long-sleeved shirts with collars up and a floppy hat rather than baseball-style caps. 

A minimum SPF 30 blocker should be applied liberally to all exposed areas with special attention to ears and nose.

Playing regulations 

Umpires, scorers and captains  to monitor the  BBC weather app to check temperature in area of match. If it reaches 35 degrees the match is stopped and no return until it has dropped for 20 minutes. Match can be restarted  and Duckworth - Lewis used as it would be on a rain interval

Using smaller boundaries

Decrease the number of overs bowled to forty or thirty five

Playing 12 or 13 aside to enable rotation.

Batting side wait in shade during game

Drinks bottles are nearby and with the umpires agreement are laid flat in line with the stumps as a you would have with a sawdust pile and would not incur a 5 run penalty.

Signs and symptoms of dehydration
Signs of dehydration are visible in your urine. Dark and strong smelling urine is a clear sign that you need to drink more fluids.
Other symptoms of dehydration include –

  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • tiredness
  • lack of concentration

If dehydration is left untreated, it can become severe. Severe dehydration is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention.
You should drink plenty of fluids such as water, diluted squash and fruit juice to stay hydrated. Drink regularly throughout the day,
Use the urine colour chart to check for signs of dehydration. Healthy pee is 1-3, 4-8 must hydrate.
Additional information

Sport Sun Safety Guidelines 

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/2648131/sunguarding-sport-advice-to-stay-safe-this-summer-in-the-sun

Hydration info from NHS

https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/hydration

 

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12/07/2022

County Tours 2022

Check the County Tours page (link on the Menu) for details of the forthcoming October 2022 tour to Desert Springs, Spain. Places currently available.

10/07/2022

Seniors Cricket in a Heatwave

Temperatures are forecast to peak at over 30 degrees on Tuesday in the South East. Thursday is currently forecast to be a little cooler.
A few years ago a player collapsed from heat exhaustion and de-hydration in similar temperatures, paramedics were called and thankfully the player made a full recovery.

Importantly, the advice from the paramedics for us cricketers over 60 during a heatwave is as follows:-

Drinks every 10 overs ideally in the shade.
Reduce the game time and thus the time spent in the heat. (extra drinks breaks extend the time in the middle).

The rules make clear provision for the overs to be reduced and we suggest 40 overs a-side or even less if temperatures are over 30 degrees with additional drinks breaks as recommended above.
Please discuss the health and safety of your players with the opposition and the officials at all matches with excessive temperatures .

08/07/2022

Prioritising of League Fixtures

Following the unprecedented and disappointing decision by an Eastern Group  County to concede their 60+ 1st XI match despite having sufficient players available to fulfill the fixture and play their 60+ 2nd XI match instead please note this directive from the Management Committee.

All higher team fixtures must take precedence and must be honored if there are sufficient players available  to play the match. We would always expect a higher team to make up any player shortage(s) with players from a lower team without exception.

It is also strongly advised that the Competition Organiser is consulted about any potential difficulties with honoring a fixture at the earliest opportunity as of course should be the opponents.

08/07/2022

COVID Guidance

As Government regulations on COVID for grass roots sports participants and providers have been lifted and in response to this, ECB have given a green light to recreational cricket to return to business as usual, the Management Committee have considered how we should treat Covid issues from now on and advise as follows: 
 
Covid should now be considered in the same way as any other illness/injury and games will not be cancelled should a player(s) test positive. 
 
Should a County face exceptional circumstances then a request to the Management Committee via the relevant competition organiser can be made - this would need to be made with supporting written evidence at least 48 hours prior to the match and after advising/consulting the opposition of the potential problem.

National 60+/70+ Management Committee

07/07/2022

New England 60+ Captain Announcement

I am pleased to advise you that Richard Merriman from Derbyshire has been appointed as the new England 60+ Seniors Captain. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank John Punchard the outgoing captain for all of his hard work and effort into developing the squad . 

We are in the process of announcing the squad for the summer series against Scotland and Wales . 

Paul Bradley

Message from Richard Merriman

'I am delighted to have been offered and accepted the opportunity to captain the England Seniors 60+ squad. and lead us into an exciting new post Covid era. I am looking forward to getting to know all the players, working closely with Paul Bradley and continuing to help the International and England Management Committees in developing our age group cricket to be its very best. I believe we can be the epitome of competitive & enjoyable cricket on the International stage '

11/06/2022

Player Selection Rules Reminder

With the Group Matches halfway through for some counties please note the 2022 Player Selection / Playing Down rules.

They are fully detailed in section 5 of the Rules but in essence once a player has played 6 times in a higher team(s) they cannot play for a lower team without the explicit permission of the Competition Organiser. The Rule of 6 has replaced the over complex and ambiguous 75% Rule.

Here is a quick link to the Rules Click Here

01/05/2022

Full historic records for England Seniors can now be assessed via a new dedicated link on the Main Menu. There is a wealth of very interesting statistics in particular for England 60+ and England 70+. A big thank you to our official statistician Peter Hartland for his sterling efforts. Quick Link Here

26/04/2022

Pre Season Reminders

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.

Results Reporting
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.

Special Registrations
As per the Playing Rules Counties are permitted a maximum of 1 Specially Registered Player per team.

25/04/2022

England 60+ Update

SOME DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES and an update on the England Seniors 60+ plans for 2023 .

Thanks to all of the counties who have replied to the call for nominations for the England 60+ team , there is a long list for the selectors to consider and information will follow on the trial matches in June . 

There is further good news in that on top of the matches arranged for this summer the following plans are now in place for 2023 and beyond .

The Australian’s have accepted the invitation to tour the U.K. in July/ August 2023 to play for “ The Grey Ashes “

We will work with Murray Harrison and the board of the VCA to put together an itinerary that fits their requirements with at least 15 games and an ODI Test Series  against England and one ODI Tests against Wales and probably Scotland .

The tour will include warm up games against our County Teams across the Country .

There will be an England touring party to the West Indies in January / February 2023 to play in a Triangular or Quadrangular Tournament.  The games will be played in Barbados and the most likely dates are 28th January to 11th February. 

We have started discussions to tour Australia in 2024 and to jointly host the World Cup in England and Wales in 2024 

We will actively look for sponsors for the 60+ National Team to help with costs towards kit and tour costs .

Happy to discuss with any players or county representatives.

Paul Bradley

16/03/2022

2022 Cricket 60s World Cup

The Management Committee which was elected at the AGM all signed up to being open and transparent in the way the Championship operated. Given that rumors are circulating surrounding how Veterans Cricket Australia are planning to bring the participants in the World Cup back up to 12 teams, we would like to update everyone on the current situation to ensure that misunderstandings don’t arise.

Once the England withdrawal was confirmed, a number of England players from the 2019 tour who have regular contact with friends from Australia over 60s made it clear that if there was an opportunity to play in a World Cup they would like to go and began discussing whether a group of players from England could be organised to act as a 12th team. Had this idea developed, this would have placed the Management Committee (and the Internationals Committee) in an impossible position as given our earlier decision we could not have supported or agreed to such a development.

This idea has now been abandoned. The current situation is that VCA are trying to organise a Rest of the World Invitation XI to be the 12th team in the World Cup. They have assured us that it will be a genuinely multi-country team with players from Australia; NZ and feelers out to potentially England; Scotland; Ireland; Bermuda; Kenya and others. Players will be invited by VCA as individuals. It is likely that a number of players from England will receive invitations – particularly now that we hear Colin Walters from Suffolk who has much experience in running tours overseas has been asked by VCA to take on the admin role for the ROW XI in terms of travel, accommodation and player leads. Inevitably this leads to a suspicion that England based players could end up forming a good proportion of the ROW XI, but we believe that both Colin and VCA are committed to creating a genuine team representing a number of countries.

We cannot, and would not wish to, dictate how individuals choose their leisure activities. However we have made it clear that if players from England do accept such an invitation, they should out of courtesy if nothing else, alert their County to their unavailability for the final stages of our competition and therefore travel with their good wishes. In addition because of our agreement with the ECB over the use of England branding and use of the Three Lions, any player from England who does take part is there in an individual capacity and should wear only the team kit provided for the ROW XI and not use previous England branded kit.

There is a separate note on the website about the England 60+ organisation and match programme for 2022 and selection for those matches remains a matter for the internationals committee as they look forward to building a squad which can take us into a potential Ashes series in 2023.  

06/03/2022

2022 Play Offs Schedule

60+ Cup

 

 

 

1st XI

Last 16

August 2nd

 

1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI

Quarter Finals

August 16th

 

1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI

Semi Finals

August 30th

 

1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI

Final

September 13th

 

 

 

 

 

60+ Vase

 

 

 

1st XI and  2nd XI

Quarter Finals

August 16th

 

3rd XI

Preliminary Round

August 16th

4 Teams

1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI

Semi Finals

August 30th

 

1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI

Final

September 13th

 

 

 

 

 

60+ Bowl

 

 

 

1st XI

Preliminary Round

August 2nd

2 Teams

2nd XI

Preliminary Round

August 9th

8 Teams

1st XI and  2nd XI

Quarter Finals

August 16th

 

1st XI and 2nd XI

Semi Finals

August 30th

 

1st XI and 2nd XI

Final

September 13th

 

 

 

 

 

70+ Cup

 

 

 

1st XI

Quarter Finals

August 18th

 

1st XI

Semi Finals

September 1st

 

1st XI

Final

September 15th

 

 

 

 

 

70+ Vase

 

 

 

1st XI

Preliminary Round

August 11th

10 Teams

1st XI

Quarter Finals

August 18th

 

1st XI

Semi Finals

September 1st

 

1st XI

Final

September 15th

 

05/03/2002

Underage Players - Clarification Note

Age 59
From 2022 only one 59 year old is allowed to play in an individual match the only exception being that two 59 year olds would be allowed to play provided they both played in the 2021 National 60+ Championship.

Age 68
From 2022 the only 68 year olds allowed to play are those who played in the 2021 National 70+ Championship. The limit remains a maximum of one player per team. Once a 68 year old turns 69 he becomes part of the new 69 year old allowance as detailed below.

Age 69
From 2022 only two 69 year olds are allowed to play in an individual match the only exception being that three or more would be allowed to play provided all the players played in the 2021 National 70+ Championship as either a 68 or 69 year old (but not in addition to the aforementioned allowance of two).

05/03/2022

GDPR - Privacy Statement

You will be aware from the AGM agenda item that following the work undertaken and a report compiled last year there has been a need for the Championship to ensure it is compliant with legislation in this area.

We have now added a Privacy Statement to the Menu options on the website. The Statement sets out the purposes for which we collect and process personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 / UKGDPR. It reflects valuable further input from Mike Griffin, a consultant in this area, who contributed to Andrew’s earlier report and for whose advice we are very grateful.

We are aware that many Counties already have in place similar Privacy Statements but as this Statement is generic it can serve as a template (edited where appropriate) for Counties who have not as yet addressed this issue.

19/02/2022

Crickets Teas 2022

At the January MC meeting with all the Regional Chairmen in attendance teas were discussed with the agreed conclusion that teas for 2022 would be at the discretion of the Home County who will inform the away county as to whether tea will be provided.
In the event that tea is provided the away County must pay the full £45 contribution irrespective of how many away players partake in the tea.

19/01/2022

2022 Competition Organisers
Competition Organiser
60+ 1st XI Derrick Sheldon
60+ 2nd XI Len Attard
60+ 3rd XI Dave Murphy
60+ 4th XI Geoff Beale
70+ 1st XI Chris Swadkin / Bob Baxter
70+ 2nd XI Chris Swadkin / Bob Baxter

16/01/2022

Prostrate Cancer Fund Raising Walks

The Over 60s and Over 70s of Buckinghamshire CCC along with our friends from Middlesex CCC and Berkshire CCC have been on a series of walks to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
The Bucks Over 60s and Over 70s Chairman, Ron Hedley, has prostate and bone cancer and has been raising money for the cause since 2017.
A walk with Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling in 2017 raised almost £4000. A cricket match with lunch against an England Over 60s Xl also raised £4000 in 2019.
In 2021 Ron took on the challenge of raising more funds and the idea of walks from all the home grounds Ron had played Over 60s and Over 70s at during 2021 came to fruition. In September and October 58 people from the three Counties took part in one of our seven walks. The walks have raised nearly £6000 thanks to the walkers their families and friends.
In April we shall be completing our challenge with walks from Kimble CC, Beaconsfield CC and High Wycombe CC. The High Wycombe CC walk will include a thank you lunch to all who have taken part in one of the walks and have contributed to the cause.
This week we have heard that an England cricketing legend is looking to join us for one of the walks, brilliant news. Further news when we finalise that he will be able to join us.
If you would like to join us by making a financial contribution please go to

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ronald-hedley1

.

You can also go to the Prostate Cancer UK face book page and see a photo of the prostate cancer decorated Christmas Tree displayed at Ron’s local Church as part of their Christmas Tree festival.

12/01/2022

The 2022 Constitution, Code of Conduct, Playing Regulations and Rules can now be accessed on the dedicated Constitution, Rules and Regulations page.
The 2021 AGM Minutes can be accessed via this link 2021 AGM Minutes

12/12/2021

Following the Elections at the 2021 AGM the Managament Committee for 2022 is as follows :

Chris Swadkin - Chairman
Chris Dennis - Secretary
Bob Baxter - Treasurer
Len Attard
Geoff Beale
Richard Merriman
Dave Murphy
Derrick Sheldon

19/11/2021

As recommended and agreed in the Working Party Report the Minutes from the 5 Regional Groups are now available to view on the new dedicated Regional Groups Minutes page located near the bottom of the Main Menu.

22/09/2021

Kent Beat Warwickshire to claim the 60+ 1st XI Cup

Kent 191-4 (John Butterworth 80) beat Warwickshire 188-9 (Mark Eames 61, Rupert Staple 5-41) by 6 wickets

Tuesday 21st September : On a beautiful day at the superb location at Great Tew C C in the County of Oxfordshire the final of a long Competition took place between Warwickshire and Kent.

Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bat and Kent took an early wicket with a fine catch by Towe off the bowling of the metronomic Edwards. Whilst at the other end Andy Meaton, drafted in due to holidays bowled his 9 overs for only 16 runs. Warwickshire’s Eames (61) and Daniels (39) batted cautiously until drinks but then took the match to Kent. However in going for big shots both fell within the space of 9 runs and Warwickshire wobbled. However Azam (47) in particular and Evans got Warwickshire back on track but clearly felt that 220 was a competitive score and in taking chances lost wickets on a regular basis and in the space of the final 5 overs lost 6 wickets for 16 runs. Two fine catches from Butterworth and Spelman and 5 wickets from the reliable Staple saw Warwickshire finish on 188 – 9 perhaps a little below par on a decent wicket.

A decent tea break was allowed and still in lovely sunshine Kent begun their innings. They lost and early wicket during a fine spell of bowling from Gardner and up to drinks were even more cautious than Warwickshire. The fight back was mainly led by Butterworth (80) with an innings laced with fine shots, slogs and chances and Skipper Tarrant (34). However Kent were still behind the run rate but Phillips (33) pushed them into a position where sensible batting was enough to see Kent cross the line. Butterworth and Phillips departed and Sawyer and Towe saw Kent home by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare.

Thanks both to Warwickshire and Kent for producing an excellent final on a glorious sunny day. An excellent game of cricket played in a fine spirit and Umpired to a high standard. Thanks to the Umpires and Scorers but more importantly thanks to the National Championship for once again presiding over a massive Competition comprising of 33 Counties often under difficult circumstances.

Howard Smith - Kent Seniors

Cornwall win the 60+ 1st XI Vase

60+ National Vase Final 2021 at Great Tew CC

Cornwall 235-6 beat Hampshire 216 all out by 19 runs

The much-traveled Cornwall team arrived in Oxfordshire for a second week running this time to be greeted with bright and sunny conditions.  Hampshire won the toss and elected to field with the dew not having evaporated from a damp outfield for the 11.30am start.  Cornwall got off to steady start before opener Hugh Rogers departed for 6 and was soon followed by his fellow opener Adam Widdison for 20 both dismissed by opening bowler Dave Simpson leaving Cornwall at 33-2.  Anton Luiten and Jon Nance then came together and put on 109 for the next wicket using all their experience gained over many years together in the Cornwall Over 50s.
When Luiten was out for 59 at 142-3 from 35 overs Cornwall gave themselves a platform to launch some quick runs in the last 10 overs and 93 further runs came including 37 from the last 3 overs which was to prove crucial.
Chris Wood picked up 3 wickets in the latter stages for Hampshire but each incoming batsman was able to pick up the pace again.  Jon Nance finished on a perfectly timed 94 not out enabling Cornwall to post a competitive 235-6 in their 45 overs.

Hampshire had chased 240 in the semi final losing only 1 wicket so Cornwall knew there was a game on and the prolific Hampshire opening pair of Neil Trestrail and Andrew Staggall had put on 31 before the former was caught at mid wicket by Trevor Lee off Andrew Myers giving Cornwall a vital breakthrough.
Geoff Beale came in and struck the ball well and took the score up to 104 before Andrew Staggall was dismissed by Hugh Rogers.  Beale reached his 50 and was looking dangerous before he was caught at the second attempt by stand in ‘keeper Anton Luiten off Przybylski-Garry giving Cornwall another vital breakthrough.  The Hampshire middle order all struck the ball well keeping Hampshire up with the rate required but wickets fell at regular intervals to the bowling of Hugh Rogers who finished with 5-37. 
Two stunning catches one by Hugh off his own bowling and one by Kevin Gibbard at backward square turned the game in Cornwall’s favour as Hampshire then needed 33 off the last 3 overs.  Trevor Lee came on to dismiss the hard hitting Chris Yates for 27 and Cornwall got over the line to win their first trophy at senior level.
A great game of cricket contested in a great spirit and just reward for Cornwall having travelled the length and breadth of the country in the knockout rounds.

Match Summary Cornwall 235-6 (J Nance 94*, A Luiten 59, C Wood 3-51), Hampshire 216 all out (G Beale 54, H Rogers 5-37)

8/9/2021

60+ 2nd XI Finals

Wales comfortably beat warm favourites Surrey by 26 runs who were bidding for their 3rd consecutive win in the KO Cup. Having won the toss Wales chose to bat and set Surrey a challenging 248. The reliable and formidable Surrey batting line up never really got going and they were always behind the clock in the run chase, top scorer was Andy Peters with 44. Pick of the bowlers was Hugh Kear conceding only 22 from his 9 overs.
The star performers on the day were both from the Wales team, Paul Bennett who made exactly 100 and wicket keeper Paul Quick living up to his name with 3 catches, 2 stumpings and a run out.

In the Vase Somerset made the long trip to Southgate worthwhile with a fine win against Middlesex. Somerset batted first and posted 227-4 (Everton Gritffiths top scoring with 100 and Miles Richards making 51) which was 54 too many for Middlesex (Daniel Richards 71). There was also a notable bowling performance by Somerset's Edwin Morris 4-32.

In The Bowl Final Sussex won the toss and batted first but could only set Hertfordshire a moderate target of 184 (Andrew Johnson 56, Anthony Rhodes 2-21 off 9 overs) which never looked enough as Herts cruised home by 8 wickets in the 38th over (Jerry Dovey 55 Not Out, Martin Dunnett 47).

3/09/2021

Surrey win the 70+ Cup Final beating Cheshire by 9 wickets

Surrey arrived at the lovely county ground at Kidderminster as definite underdogs based on seasons results and league placing.

Cheshire won the toss and to the delight of the Surrey skipper, Mike Byford, elected to bat on what looked like a belting batting track. Surrey knew that the powerhouse of the Cheshire batting was their top four. John Hall and Andrew Barton opened the bowling and with the score on 11 Hall produced a virtually unplayable delivery to dismiss the Cheshire skipper, Nick Bell. The next wicket fell after a 100 run partnership with Byford trapping Ashley LBW and then a few balls later bowling Brown and in the next over Robert Brown bowled the second unplayable ball of the day to bowl opener Yates for a well constructed 56.

Cheshire finished their innings on 182 for 4.

All the Surrey bowlers, Hart, Sunderland, Hall, Barton, Brown and Byford bowled tidily and kept the runs down. There was some outstanding fielding particularly by Bill Turner.

It was felt that this was a 215 wicket, however runs on the board!!!

Andy Peters, already in a rich vein of form opened with John Hall and started off at 5 an over for the first 7 overs putting Surrey well ahead of the required run rate, culminating with Surrey being 115 without loss at the 20 over drinks break. Hall was out for 48 soon after. Byford joined Peters and saw the game through to win in 35 overs by 9 wickets. Peters a brilliant innings finishing 96 not out and Byford 32 not out.

A terrific all round performance by Surrey.

I would like to thank the scorers, Martin Montgomery in particular who has been with us all season, the Umpires who were very professional and approachable during the game and consistent in their decisions.

Also the groundsmen and the Kidderminster Cricket Club in general.

Mike Byford
Surrey Captain

3/09/2021

Hames leads Suffolk Over-70's to Vase Final Victory

Neil Hames struck a superb 128 not out to steer Suffolk Over-70s to the National Vase title.

Suffolk comfortably beat Leicestershire by seven wickets in the final held at Kidderminster CC on Thursday.

Leicestershire elected to bat and totalled 245 for 5 in their 45 overs on a glorious ground with a good wicket and very fast outfield.

Jeff Baxter, Mick Bradshaw and John Newbery all made 65 the latter being not out.

All the Suffolk bowlers performed very well and were backed by some magnificent ground fielding from all the team.

Alan Burt took 2 for 52, with Hames, Peter Webb and Peter Christie picking up one wicket apiece in their nine overs each.

Suffolk were quietly confident at the tea interval, though when David Adams (16) and Ray Black (9) departed with the score only on 52, Leicestershire appeared to be in the driving seat.

Then a match-winning stand of 151 between Neil Hames and Rob Jenkin (57 off 72 balls with four fours and two sixes) put Suffolk in a strong position.

Hames, with the help of Peter Boughton, who made an unbeaten 16 not out at a run-a-ball, saw Suffolk home with three overs to spare. Hames ended on 128 not out from 130 deliveries laced with 21 fours.

Barry Briscoe, the National Organiser, presented the trophy and the individual medals and said what a magnificent advert for Over-70s cricket the match had been.

He also presented an individual award to Suffolk captain Chris Watson as the match marked the occasion of his 100th Over-70 Championship match – the first player in the history of the competition to achieve the feat.

The organisation was brilliant so I would like to add special thanks to the Kidderminster Club, Chris the groundsman , the umpires, the scorers and to Barry Briscoe the Tournament organiser who all did so much to make it a memorable day.

2/09/2021

Kent are the confirmed winners of the 3rd XI Championship regaining the title they lent to Surrey for one year.

Essex secured the 4th XI Championship by beating Bucks / Middlesex in their last match to narrowly edge past Kent

Surrey have won the inaugural 70+ 2nd XI Championship

31/08/2021

60+ 1st XI Semi Finals

Warwickshire edge past Lancashire in pulsating Semi Final

Warwickshire won the the toss and elected to bat against the firm favourites and reigning dual champions Lancashire.

Faced with tight bowling throughout Warwickshire were made to work hard for every run and at halfway were 75-1. With 6 overs remaining and the score on 143 with 5 wickets in hand there was a late flourish that saw a further 38 added without loss and Warwickshire finished on 181-5.

At face value defending 181 against the powerful Lancashire batting line up looked a tall order. But Warwickshire immediately took charge with Bennett falling first ball of the innings and the highly impressive Gardner and Lawlor reduced Lancashire to an astounding 32-6 after 17 overs. If looked very much like game done and dusted except Chris Dearden and David Makinson hadn't read the script and went about chasing down the 182 target with real purpose and determination putting on a magnificent partnership of 143 before Dave Murphy bowled Chris Dearden for 92 with the last ball of the 43rd over.

That left Lancashire needing just 7 from the last 2 overs but with only 3 wickets in hand. The drama well and truly unfolded when Azam conceded just 1 run and removed Hipgrave in the next over leaving 6 runs required from the last over. Dave Murphy had given himself the responsibility of the last pressure over which started 1,1,1 followed by 2 dots leaving the number 10 batsman John Murray to score 3 from the last ball of the match.
He managed 2 runs to tie the scores at 181 a piece but having lost less wickets Warwickshire were into their first 60+ 1st XI Final after the most dramatic of matches.

Kent Upset Essex

Essex the 2nd seeds were quietly fancied by some to take the trophy this year but it wasn't to be. Having won the toss and electing to bat Essex lost wickets at regular intervals and two run outs left them struggling at 93-6 after 28 overs. There was no significant recovery and the innings closed on only 141 in the 43rd over. Rupert Staple was the pick of the Kent bowlers with 2-20 from 8 overs.

In reply the Kent batsmen were never able to get on top of a very tight Essex bowling attack and also lost wickets at regular intervals. At 118-6 off 33 overs the nerves were starting to jangle but the cool heads of captain Chris Tarrant and Keith Sawyer saw Kent home by 4 wickets with 3 overs to spare despite the best efforts of Arshad Mughal who took 3-20 from his 9 overs. So Kent are in their 3rd final having won the trophy in 2013 and 2016.

15/07/2021

Live scores has been added to the front page of our Championship Play Cricket Site 60+/70+ Play Cricket

Grandfather Rights Clarification

Where a player who  previously met the 60+/70+ player qualification criteria and has represented a County for a number of years but no longer meets the qualifying criteria the Management Committee may grant dispensation for a player to continue playing for that County.

The criteria the Management Committee have agreed to use is that the player must have represented their County for a minimum of 3 years and played at least 10 matches for the County.

In addition any player who has played 50+ for a County but does not meet any of the 60+/70+ player qualification criteria may be granted dispensation by the Management Committee to continue representing their 50+ County provided they have represented the County for a minimum of 3 years and played at least 10 matches for the County at 50+ level.

14/04/2021

Duckworth Lewis (DL)

As agreed at the 2019 AGM from 2020 onwards the Standard Version of Duckworth Lewis will be used for all matches in the 60+ and 70+ Competitions.
Please click on the following link to download a guide to using the DL Calculator.

DL Calculator Guide

Tho official title of the App is Duckworth Lewis PCS D/L Calculator. The image in the App Store looks like this :

How to Use The DL Calculator within the Play Cricket Scorer App

The following link takes you to an official demonstration on YouTube on how to use the DL Calculator within the Play Cricket Scorer app

YouTube DL Calculator Demonstration

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 the YouTube video 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 smart phones) from either the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Code of Conduct, Constitution, Rules and Playing Regulations

The 2022 Rules can be read by Clicking Here

The 2022 Playing Regulations can be read by Clicking Here

The 2022 Constitution can be read by Clicking Here

The 2022 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. 11/04/2021

10/03/2021

Working Group Agreed Actions

The Management Committee have fully discussed the Working Group Report and the proposal document can be viewed Here

7/02/2021

Working Group Report

We have completed the Working Group Report into Communication and Information Sharing between the Management Committee and the Member Counties and presented our report to the Management committee at it's meeting on Wednesday 3rd February.
The full report can be accessed Here

The next step is for the MC to hold a separate meeting to discuss the recommendations and decide on what actions should follow. Geoff Beale, Andrew Gallant and myself are very grateful to all the Counties for their responses to our request for thoughts/ideas - many of them in depth and obviously after much thought. Hopefully it will be time well spent and we'll see the benefits in the way the Championship runs in the future. Let's hope for a great summer and a full season of cricket.

Best wishes Chris Swadkin

Play Cricket Statistics

Prior to 2015 it was possible to view the overall batting or bowling records per season per competition (s) level (eg 60's 1st XI, 60's 2nd XI, 60's 3rd XI & 70's) with league and cups amalgamated.

For example like this : 2014 60's 1st XI Batting Records

But since 2015 due changes to the functionality of Play Cricket it has only been possible to view the season's records per individual division eg 60's 1st XI North etc

Following a number of requests for the pre 2015 style statistics to be made available again I'm pleased to inform you that it is now again possible to view overall batting or bowling records per season per competition(s) level

When extracting statistics for a specific season just select the category you're interested in using the Tournament filter except for 60's 3rd and 4th Xi which still come under the Division filter.

Use this link to view an example : 2019 60's 1st XI Batting Records

 

 

 

 

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