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70+ Internationals 2018

3rd ODI  England v Australia at Sutton CC on Monday 27th August.

With both sides having won one game, the third ODI at Sutton CC promised to be a real thriller and so it turned out.  Australia won the toss and J Petherick immediately decided to bowl first on a green, but firm dry track following heavy rain the previous day.
The England openers, Micky Swain and Andy Barnes, opened steadily against the pace attack of Tim Ron  Kasputis and rotated the strike well to put 34 on the board after 10 overs.  Unable to make a breakthrough Australia introduced C Cooke and R Edmunds into the attack.  The 50 came up in the 14th over with England looking very solid.  Smith and Pooley joined the attack as Australia struggled for a breakthrough.  After 20 overs the score was 71.
In the 24th over Smith had Swain,, who was struggling with a hamstring strain, well caught by T Wood for a solid 41 with the score 83 for 1.  Chris Swadkin joined Barnes and England stepped up a gear with some positive batting and running, and the hundred came up in the 29th over.  Wood, who had joined the attack, then caught and bowled Swadkin for 21 with the total on 120 to bring Peter Crees to the wicket.  With the score on 133 Wood then bowled Barnes for an excellent 60. Malcolm Wright joined Crees who played some glorious shots to race to 23 with five boundaries before he was tragically run out in suicidal fashion trying for an unnecessary second run with the score now 153 for 4 in the 36th over.
Martin Hall joined Wright and with some very sharp singles and aggressive batting they passed 200 in the 43rd over as Australia desperately rotated their bowling to try and contain the England batsmen.  In all, ten different bowlers were tried with little success.
With the score on 222 in the 46th over Kasputis was brought back into the attack and he bowled Wright for an entertaining 23. This brought Barry Hart to the wicket, Hall was caught by Hamman off Kasputis for a very aggressive 47 in 37 balls with the score 231 for 6. Colin Breed joined Hart and they took the final score to 251 from 50 overs; an impressive total.
Pick of the bowlers was R Kasputis who took 2 for 22 from 7 overs.

With the wicket having dried out during the morning session but runs on the board, the England opening bowler Trevor Spindler immediately hit a good length and his third ball, a beautiful in swinging delivery, had Tom Wood plumb LBW without scoring.  1 for 1. This brought the Australian captain and danger man Ian Petherick to the wicket to join the prolific John Stackpoole. Colin Breed opened at the other end and, with both bowlers getting a lot of movement,  both batsman batted.  In the 7th over with the score on 24 John Stackpoole who was struggling to get the ball away was very well caught by Swain at short extra off Spindler for 7.  24 for 2.
Alan Reid joined Petherick and after 10 overs Australia was 42 for two with Barry Hart replacing Breed. The Australians were now scoring at a run a ball,  matching the England scoring rate until Petherick took 14 from one over and the score at 20 overs was 91 for 2.  Spindler had bowled an excellent spell taking 2 for 29 from his 10 overs.
At this stage England introduced their two spin bowlers Martin Woodward and Phil Taylor who managed to slow the scoring rate, and Peter Crees then joined the attack in the 28th over.   After 30 overs Australia were on 143 for 2 and things were looking ominous as they were ahead of the scoring rate with wickets in hand.  In the 32nd over however, Reid was well stumped by Martin Burgess for  56.  Petherick was on 83 not out.
This brought Stirling Hamman to the wicket and England immediately brought Woodward back on.  After 40 overs Australia were 188 for 3 and pressure was building as Petherick reached his century and was looking very assured. Taylor was brought back and he immediately had Hammond LBW playing across the line for 16 with the score now 189 for 4.
Tim Spear joined Petherick and he played a few lusty blows until in the 45th over with the score on 216 for 5 he was run out by Hart for 13.  Australia were now behind the scoring rate and the pressure of the runs on the board was beginning to show on the Australians as incoming batsman Ray Edmunds tried to take the attack to England, but only succeeded in steepling Taylor to short midwicket where Woodward held on to a difficult catch to dismiss him for 3 with the score on 222 for 6 in the 47th over.  Phil Smith came to the wicket but was caught and bowled by Woodward for 1 to leave Australia on 232 for 7 after 48 overs.
With two overs to go and 20 runs needed and Breed bowling the game was on a knife-edge as Petherick was still at the crease on 127.  Petherick managed to score 13 from the over to take the score to 246 with one over left and 6 runs needed to win.
Barry Hart stepped up to the plate. Colin Cooke, who was batting down the order because of an injury, took a single off the second ball  but then Petherick was well caught at short midwicket by Colin Breed as he skied the ball attempting to get the boundary for an outstanding 140.  With 5 runs to win required from three balls Hart bowled two dot balls.
4 runs were required from the last ball to tie the game and 5 to win. Cooke wound himself up to unleash an enormous straight drive which appeared to be sailing over the top of deep long on substitute Stuart Bulger who was positioned right on the boundary.  As a hush descended over the ground the ball did not quite carry over Bulger’s head and he took a superb catch to give England victory.

It was a superb game of cricket and a real team effort from England with every player making a contribution to the win.

Thanks must go to Sutton CC for their marvellous hospitality and catering and to the groundsman for producing such a good wicket in difficult circumstances.



The following side has been selected to represent England in the 3rd ODI on Monday 27th August at Sutton CC.

The address for the ground is Gander Green Lane,Sutton, Surrey, SM1 2EH.

Players are requested to be at the ground for 10.00 am.for Nets/warmup.

M  Swain  Capt, C  Swadkin, A Barnes, M Wright. B Hart, P Crees
M Hall, M Burgess  Wk, C Breed, P Taylor, M Woodward, T Spindler

13th Man
S Bulger

B Phillips, P Betteley


Friday 17th August at Horsham CC

England 271-2; (A.Barnes 116 (ret); C.Swadkin 62*; M.Swain 50 (ret)

Australia 249-9 (M.Woodward 4-36; P.Crees 3-62)

The England Over 70s team bounced back from defeat at Banbury with a hard fought win in the 2nd ODI at Horsham, setting up a series decider at Sutton on 27th August. 

After heavy rain the day before, water had seeped under the match pitch covers, and so the pitch was switched to a dryer surface but Mike Swain still decided to bat first. Andy Barnes joined Swain as his opening partner for this match and they created a base for the innings by seeing off the new ball successfully. Although the score had only reached 39 at the first drinks break after 17 overs, England were well placed to accelerate and Barnes in particular stepped up the tempo with Swain anchoring the innings at the other end.
Aided by the most unlikely occurrence (for an Australian team) of multiple dropped catches, the first wicket partnership passed 100 and then 150 before Swain had to retire on 50 with a hamstring problem with the score on 163, just before Barnes reached a magnificent century. Malcolm Wright did not last long but Chris Swadkin then joined Barnes and they took the score to 210 before Barnes retired on 116. Martin Hall joined Swadkin for the last 6 overs and they took full advantage of a flagging bowling and fielding side to add 61 in that time, Swadkin chancing his arm to reach 62* off 40 balls and Hall 21 from 15 to end the innings on 271.

This  total may have seemed impressive but the quality of the batting conditions was soon on show as the Aussie openers tucked in to the new ball and had the 50 up inside 9 overs. It was time to slow the scoring rate and Barry Hart (1-43) and Colin Breed  (1-38) achieved just that. Bowling their 10 over spells in tandem, they ensured the required rate started to climb and for good measure removed both openers - Stackpoole to a superb catch by skipper Mike Swain and Wood (on 63) brilliantly stumped off a wide by Martin Burgess.
Martin Woodward and Peter Crees then took over and continued in the same vein - Woodward took the vital wicket of Aussie skipper Ian Petherick via another smart Swain catch and Crees had both Reid (on 48) and Hamman stumped by Sussex colleague Burgess. 2 LBWs in an over from Woodward then put England firmly in the driving seat and victory was sealed by 22 runs.

An excellent all round bowling and fielding performance to back up the batting effort, to send England into the final match in good heart. 


The following team has been selected for the 2nd ODI at Horsham CC this Friday.
The address is Cricket Field Road,Horsham Sussex, RH12 1TE.

M  Swain  Capt.
C  Swadkin
A Barnes
M Wright
B Hart
P Crees
M Hall
M Burgess  Wk.
C Breed
S Bulger
M Woodward
T Spindler

B Phillips
P Betteley


Wednesday 8th August at Banbury XX CC

Having been thrashed in their previous fixture, the Australians returned to Banbury to contest the 1st ODI. Opting to bat they made a disastrous start with Tom Wood being run out in the first over.  John Stackpole made a fluent 35 before being caught behind off Trevor Spindler and then Phil Taylor claimed the key wicket of Ian Petherick, bowling him for 14. Alan Reid and Stirling Hamman added a patient 57 before Reid was bowled by Peter Crees. Martin Woodward then dismissed Hamman and Roger Edmunds leaving the visitors 160-6 from 43 overs but the lower order flourished and at the 50 over mark the total had reached 205-7.

England struggled early on in their reply, stumbling to 26-3 from twelve overs with Ron Kasputtis picking up skipper Micky Swain, Bob Phillips for a 19 ball duck and Chris Swadkin. Malcolm Wright and Barry Hart then lead a spirited recovery adding 61 before they fell in consecutive overs leaving the hosts 91-5 from 27 overs. Peter Crees and Martin Burgess took the score to 170 before Peter was bowled meaning England needed 32 from 7 overs; this was reduced to 19 from 4 overs when Martin was eighth out. Phil Taylor and Martin Woodward took the score to 193 before the latter was run out leaving the last pair needing 13 from three overs.  Unfortunately the next two overs yielded just a single run and a gallant effort fell short leaving Australia to scrape home by 5 runs.

Thanks go to Banbury XX for providing excellent hospitality for the two games; the next ODI is at Horsham on Friday 17th August.

Australia 70+ 205-7 (Stirling Hamman 43, Martin Woodward 2-43)
England 70+ 200-9 (Malcolm Wright 48, Barry Hart 45, Ron Kasputtis 3-14)
Australia 70+ won by 5 runs
Man of the Match – Ron Kasputtis


CHAIRMAN’S XI v AUSTRALIA 70+ - Monday 6th August at Banbury XX CC

Micky Swain won an important toss on a hot and humid day in North Oxfordshire and, to the relief of the team, elected to bat.  Openers Miles Rawlings and Ted Levey batted steadily against a useful Aussie attack and put on 85 together before Ted was bowled in the 21st over.  Local batsman Tom Moffatt joined Miles and they added a further 58 runs before Miles was run out. Trevor Knowles was soon stumped but Tom and Stuart Bulger batted through to the end adding 78 and guiding the Chairman’s team to a 45 over total of 222-3.
The visitors made a rapid start in reply reaching 46 in 9 overs before Wavell McPherson was run out; this brought skipper and star batsman Ian Petherick to the crease. He soon lost John Stackpole LBW to Buddy Langford and when Chris Tucker and Andy Parkyn started bowling in tandem the home side began to get on top. When Petherick fell to Andy’s penultimate delivery and a second run out occurred two runs later the Chairman’s XI had the Australians reeling at 157-7. However, opening bowler Tim Spear struck a defiant 43 before becoming the ninth man out at 202. The last pair added 19 and when Buddy started his last over they needed just two runs for victory. After five dot balls the Aussies attempted a sharp single (or at least one of them did!) and with both batsmen stranded at the keepers end the run out was completed to give the Chairman’s XI victory by a single run.
Thanks to Banbury XX for providing an excellent track and sumptuous catering; things bode well for the 1st ODI there on Wednesday.

Chairman’s XI 222-3 (Tom Moffatt 62*, Miles Rawlings 58, Ted Levey 37, Stuart Bulger 34*)
Australia 70+ 221 ao (Andy Parkyn 2-24, Chris Tucker 2-43)
Man of the Match – Tom Moffatt


Norfolk / Suffolk Combined vs Australia - Friday 3rd August

Australia Over 70's made it three wins in a row with victory over a combined Norfolk and Suffolk side at Fakenham yesterday.

Looking every inch professional, the tourists resplendent in their uniformed shirts and shorts were into an extensive warm up routine as the home side could only watch.

Aussie skipper Stirling Hammond had no hesitation in batting when given the choice by Geoff Saunders and from the start showed positive intent. The home side found bowling difficult on a batting pitch well prepared by the Fakenham groundsman and it was no surprise when Tim Ward became the first batsmen to retire at the mandatory 50 run point. The introduction of both David Powell and Peter Knight provided both a reduction in the run rate and the first wicket as the Australian batsmen struggled against bowlers who took the pace off the ball. David Powell's figures of 9-1-0-24 were to eventually win him the home team's man of the match but more importantly, it brought the East Anglian team back into the game. For the first time in over 70's cricket, the DRS system was used following the dismissal of an Australian batsmen for lbw. Jacko was adamant that the ball had hit pad before bat and the umpire agreed however, the appeal was withdrawn after it was agreed by both the square leg umpire and three or four players that it was in fact bat first. To add insult to injury this batsman became the second Australian to retire. Stirling Hammond fell to a diving catch, well held by Bruce Tomlinson off Jacko's bowling ( bringing a smile to his face as he declared it was his 100th wicket since playing for Norfolk). The Australians were pushing for a large total but the introduction of Rick Walters saw two wickets fall to the man derogatory referred to as a 'Pie chucker) for just 6 runs from his two overs. 245-4 from 45 overs as the innings closed.

It was immediately apparent post the tea break that the Australians possessed a formidable opening attack with the wicket keeper standing well back . Kasputis at one end and Spear at the other had both openers wishing they had worn thigh pads. Kasputis was fast but Spear was even quicker. It's fair to say that no Over 70s player has faced bowlers of this pace in the National Championship since its inception.
Runs were difficult to come by as a result of both the line the bowlers were sticking to and the sharpness in the field by the visitors. 15 -1, 30-2 then 30-3 as three left handlers had all perished, however Dougie Andrews was hanging in like a limpet. Dewson joined Andrews and again the DRS system was used when Dewson was adjudged out lbw in the same circumstances as had occurred during the Australian innings. Once again the appeal was withdrawn and the batsman resumed his innings. Both Dewson and Andrews retired having reached 35 and 37 respectively . Jacko retired hurt and the innings ended on 127-6.

Whilst the margin of defeat was huge, it was a game enjoyed by all and played in the best spirits. This Australian side look capable of giving all the Counties a good game and the Three ODI's should be well worth watching.

Fakenham Cricket Club hosted this fixture extremely well both on and off the field. The catering was superb and the whole day was a credit to Geoff Saunders and his team of helpers. Speeches were made by both sides and various people received individual accolades for their performances on the day.

Norfolk combined well with their Suffolk compatriates however this will all be forgotten when the two teams meet on the 9th and 16th August as both sides look for their first victory of the season


MATCH REPORT (Weds 1st August @ Maldon CC)

Australia Over 70s 226-8 from 45 Overs (Gibson and Terrell both retired out on 50). 

Essex Over 70s 120-9 from 45 overs  (Kasputis 5 overs 2-10, Court 4 overs 2-7).  Ken Johnson 25 n.o., Keith Mitchell 24, Bobby Newman 19.

Australia were too strong for us on the day, having batted first and put a decent total on the board, mainly down to a solid start from their top order who ran well between the wickets.
Their batters 2 and 3 (Gibson and Terrell) both retired on 50. Thereafter we took wickets fairly regularly and did well to restrict them to 226 from 45 overs.
After tea, our top and middle order were blown away by some very good swing bowling from both openers (Kasputis & Court).
Bob Newman (19) was the only batter in the top 6 to have any degree of success, but a very good partnership between Ken Johnson (25 n.o.) and Keith Mitchell (24) ensured that the Aussies had to bowl all 45 overs in the warm sunshine.


The England 70+ team to play Australia in the 1st ODI on 8th August at Banbury is :

M Swain  Capt, C Swadkin  V-Capt.
A Barnes, B Philips
M Wright, M Burgess  Wk
P Crees, B Hart
P Taylor, M Woodward
P Betteley, T Spindler


The full sqaud to play Australia in the three ODI's is as follows :

Mick Swain ( Captain) (Hampshire), Chris Swadkin (Vice Captain) (Kent)
Andy Barnes (Sussex), Peter Crees (Sussex)
Martin Hall (Hampshire), Barry Hart (Surrey)
Stuart Bulger (Hertfordshire), Colin Breed (Kent)
Peter Betteley (Wales), Trevor Spindler (Oxfordshire)
Martin Woodward (Worcestershire), Bob Philips (Kent)
Phil Taylor (Yorkshire), Martin Burgess (Wk Kp) Sussex
Malcolm Wright (Essex)


Itinerary for the 2018 Australia 70+ Tour of the UK

Day Date Opposition Venue Start Time Result
Mon 30-July Hertfordshire Tring Park   Australia won by 7 Wickets
Wed 1-Aug Essex Maldon CC   Australia won by 106 Runs
Frid 3-Aug Norfolk / Suffolk Fakenham CC   Australia won by 119 Runs
Mon 6-Aug Chairmans XI Banbury XX CC   Chairman's XI won by 1 Run
Wed 8-Aug England 1st ODI Banbury XX CC   Australia won by 5 Runs
Frid 10-Aug Worcestershire Pershore CC   Australia won by 129 Runs
Mon 13-Aug Gloucs / Warwicks Dorridge CC   Australia won by 70 Runs
Wed 15-Aug Wales Abergavenny CC   Australia won by 187 Runs
Frid 17-Aug England 2nd ODI Horsham CC  

England won by 22 Runs

Mon 20-Aug Sussex Horsham CC   Australia won by 58 Runs
Wed 22-Aug Kent The Mote CC   Australia won by 66 Runs
Frid 24-Aug Surrey Horsley & Send CC   Australia won by 67 Runs
Mon 27-Aug England 3rd ODI Sutton CC   England won by 4 Runs


Latest results summaries :

Australia 70+ 289-3 (50 Overs) beat England 70+ 114 All Out (42.4 Overs) by 175 Runs
Robert Ogden 39

Australia 70+ 143-6 (30 Overs) Tied with beat England 70+ 143-4 (30 Overs)

Australia 70+ 149-1 (29.4 Overs) beat England 70+ 148-8 (50 Overs) by 9 wickets

England were heavily defeated by a much superior Australian side to go two down in the five match series. England batted first on the premier Geelong Cricket Club's ground at Kardinia Park.
Pearce and Swain put on 26 without major alarms until Swain was LBW for 15. Pearse followed, again LBW for 18 with the score on 40, and then a complete collapse followed to leave the innings in total disarray at 6 for 48. With nothing to lose, Baxter (27) and Corke (21) rebuilt the innings with a stand of 49, with Smith (15 n o) and Clarke (23 n o) putting on an unbroken 46 to take England to a close on 8 for 148. The wickets were shared between Kasputtis, Lovel and Edmunds.
To stay in the game England needed early wickets, and Spindler obliged by dismissing Stackpoole for 6. Petherick came to the wicket and continued where he had left off in Adelaide, making 74 not out with Berenger finishing on 50 not out, as Australia cruised to a nine wicket win in less than 30 overs. England must now show great improvement to have any hope of retaining the Ashes against a very competent and professional Australia team, who are proving to be strong in all departments.

England 70+ 144-5 (40 Overs) beat South Australia Country XI 132-4 (40 Overs) by 12 Runs
Trevor Knowles 30, Peter Betterley 2-14

Australia 70+ 197-7 (50 Overs) beat England 70+ 183-8 (50 Overs) by 14 Runs
Martin Pearse 36, Ian Watson 34 No, Trevor Spindler 3-23, Peter Betteley 3-37

South Australia 127-5 (45 Overs) lost to England 70+ 128-4 (41 Overs) by 6 wickets
Mike Swain (Cpt) 34, Grahame Corke 2-18

South Australia batted first on a hot day in Adelaide on a pitch that proved difficult to score on with a slow outfield. Spindler again bowled well, this time with Corke, each only conceding 18 runs in 9 overs, with Spindler taking one wicket and Corke two.
Clarke and Smith also bowled tightly against the impressive Reid who retired on 50. A late flurry of runs took South Australia to 127 in 45 overs. England found runs just as difficult to score, and lost two wickets for 22 after 11 overs. and when Swain was out for 34 with the score on 74 the game was in the balance. Baxter was joined by Smith and the two then built a match winning partnership of 54 as they took the score past South Australia without further alarms.

Western Australia 173-5 (45 Overs) lost to England 70+ 174-3 (42.5 Overs) by 7 Wickets
Barry Hart 64 Ret No, Andy Barnes (Cpt) 41, Trevor Knowles 3-17, Miles Rawlings 31 no

Western Australia 183-4 (39.1 Overs) beat England 70+ 182-5 (40 Overs) by 6 Wickets
Mike Swain 76 Ret No, Trevor Knowles 2-37


Winter 2018 Tour to Australia Fixture List

Day Date Opposition Venue Start Time Result
Mon 26-Feb Western Australia   Scarborough 9am Lost
Wed 28-Feb Western Australia   Iluka 10.30 Won
Frid 2-March South Australia  Northfield 10:30 Won
Sun 4-March Australia (ODI)   Banksia Park 10:00 Lost
Tues 6-March South Australia Country XI   Mount Gambier 10:30 Won
Thurs 8-March Australia (ODI)   Geelong 10:30 Lost
Sun 11-March Australia (ODI)   Brisbane 10:30 ABND
Mon 12-March Queensland   Caloundra 14:00 ABND
Wed 14-March Australia (30 Over Friendly)   Buderim 10:30 TIE
Sat 17-March Australia (ODI)   Manly TBC 10:30 Lost


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