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England 70s Squad trial games report

Game One v Surrey

The first of the three planned England 70s squad trial matches in 2022 was played against the 2021 Champions Surrey at the superb facilities of Chipstead & Coulsdon CC on Thursday 21st April. 

The England squad XI comprised of predominantly southern based players failed to find their early season form and succumbed to a strong Surrey side. Batting first, England opted for retirement at 50 to ensure more batsmen were given an opportunity to impress and were dismissed for 235; retirements at 50 for Chris Swadkin and Stuart Bulger and 34 from Dom Ingram the main contributors. 

Against some rusty, early season bowling Surrey made short work of this target with an opening stand of 154 between Andy Peters (100 retired) and John Hall 57, followed by a rapid 50* from Graeme Howgate.  

Game Two v Wales
An England squad team drawn mainly from West & Midlands players took on Wales in another trial match at the marvellous facilities provided by Newport CC on Thursday 28th April.
Batting first Wales found the England squad bowlers difficult to get away as a tight line and length was maintained throughout which together with a disciplined fielding display kept the home side down to 164 for 7 off their 45 over.
Mike Staddon with 33 was the leading Wales run scorer whilst John Hall took 3 for 26 to lead the way for the England squad in the field.
Despite an accurate 9 over spell from Ron Walton the England squad openers Keith Daniels and Roger Tidyman were able mix the occasional aggressive shot with quickly spotted and taken singles to keep the scoreboard moving. Having lost Daniels for 32 and upon Tidyman's retirement at 53 John Evans and Ian Caunce took control with the latter taking the England squad over the line with a signature 6 over long on

The England 70s International selection process now moves on to the Chairman’s game at Stourport CC on Sunday June 12th when squad players based in the north will participate. Teams for this game will be announced on 22nd May with selection being based upon early season form and recent past performances.


England 70s Squad 2022 update

After 2021's exhaustive selection process, including three trial matches, a group of 27 players now make up the England 70s squad to play a number of games during the upcoming season. The first three games are squad games whilst the final game against Wales will see a team selected from the squad for a full international fixture.
Teams have been selected so as to minimise travel with the teams shown below being drawn from southern based players and the team to be confirmed in May for the Chairman's game to be drawn, in the main, from those based in the north.
Fixtures are:
Surrey at Chipstead CC on 21st April
Wales at Newport CC on 28th April
Chairman's team at Stourport CC 12th June
Wales at Stourport on 17th July - This is a full international

Squad teams for the first two games are:

England 70s Squad v Surrey 70s 21st April

- Chris Lowe Capt – Berks & Bucks

- Ian Watson – Hampshire

- Neil Hames – Suffolk

- Stuart Bulger – Hertfordshire

- Chris Swadkin – Kent

- Derek Towe – Kent

- Dominic Ingram – Hertfordshire

- Keith Alexander Wk – Middlesex

- Ian Harvey – Berks & Bucks

- Nick Andrews – Cambridgeshire

- Martin Southwell – Essex

- Trevor Spindler – Berks & Bucks


England 70s Squad v Wales 70s 28th April

- Barry Hart Capt – Surrey

- Roger Tidyman - Sussex

- Keith Daniels - Gloucestershire

- John Evans – Gloucestershire

- Ian Caunce - Lancashire

- John Hall – Surrey

- Dave Freeman – Surrey

- John Turton – Gloucestershire

- Steve Sheppard – Somerset

- Ed Hill – Worcestershire

- Martin Burgess Wk – Sussex

- Martin Woodward – Worcestershire




England 70+ Cricket Update Despite no International matches being possible this season, 3 successful trial matches were played to help assess who the leading candidates for selection might be should International matches be possible again in 2022. The response from players all over the country to the trials was superb; the commitment to travel long distances and buy in to the idea of ensuring all participants had a chance to perform was really appreciated. As a result we were able to see close to 50 players in action over the 3 matches.

The first match took place at Wellington CC for predominantly North and Midlands players. In a 45 over match the “North” team batted first scoring 198-6 with Ian Caunce; Steve Yates and Dave Bartholomew the leading run scorers. Martin Woodward with 3 wickets the most successful bowler. In reply the Midlands could only muster 142-4 (with some retirements) as the North bowlers proved naggingly accurate. A late flurry from Andrew Wingfield-Digby with 42 no.

The second trial match at Swindon on 23rd August featured Southern based players and resulted in a 17 run win for the South West (203) vs South East (186). Gloucester players to the fore – Evans & Daniels with the bat and John Turton with the ball whilst other notable batting performances came from Roger Tidyman; Ian Watson & Stuart Bulger.

The final match at Great Oakley on 8th September included players unavailable for the first 2 matches; some coming back from injury and others who have come to the fore during the season. Despite 30s (retired) from Ian Harvey and Paul Mustoe, The “Blues” were contained to 132-9 off 45 overs with Eddie Hill; Nick Andrews and Steve Sheppard recording excellent figures and the “Reds” passed this total in the 35th over for the loss of 4 wickets.

We now turn to thoughts of arranging a match programme in 2022 where England Caps can be awarded – either versus Australia should travel be possible or versus domestic opposition and will report on this when more information is available.


Although the plans to play Australia home and away in 2021 had to be dropped, we remain keen to keep the England 70+ team concept alive and in any case need to plan ahead so that we have a good idea of the make up of a possible England squad should International matches be possible in 2022.

Consequently we have organised 3 trial matches in August/September after the 70+ Group games have finished to help assess possible candidates for selection for England 70s. We have a list of nominations from Counties and have also added some other candidates on advice from valued scouts around the country. 

The 3 matches are:
Wednesday 11th August at Wellington CC for North and Midlands
Monday 23rd August at Swindon CC for South West and South East.
Wednesday 8th September at Great Oakley to include players who could not make their earlier trial and those we would like to see more of.

In selecting the trial teams we have taken into account the eligibility criteria for Internationals in 2022 which mean that anyone born in 1952 can be selected. Hence some of the invitations to the trials will be for players who have yet to reach the magic 70th birthday.  

All the matches will be 50 overs per side, played competitively as we try to replicate the conditions for International matches but with some restrictions on batsmen and bowlers to give as many players as possible the chance to impress.

We will post the teams for each match on the website nearer the date for each match.  



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