We have received a superb report packed with colour photos of the Queensland leg of the England 60+ 2019 tour to Australia it can be veiwed via the link below
England 60+ 2019 Tour of Australia Queensland Leg
The Minutes from the 2019 AGM can now be accessed by following the link at the very bottom of this page.
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.
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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
The 60+ touring squad for the Winter Ashes Series and full fixture can be found on the Internationals page.
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2019 Code of Conduct, Constitution, Rules and Playing Regulations
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Eleventh 60+/70+ National County Cricket Championship AGM
Minutes of the 2019 AGM held on 27th November 2019 can be read by Clicking Here