National 60+/70+
County Cricket Championship

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


Weekly Results Summaries All Competitions

Previous Years

 

7/7/2019

England lose final ODI at Hove
The county ground at Hove looked a picture in bright sunshine as the players lined up for the final ODI of the 2019 tour. England skipper Chris Evans won the toss and chose to bat on a used pitch which still looked full of runs.
Things didn’t start well for England as the first wicket of Merriman fell in the second over with the score on just 4. Calvert and Evans sought to steady the ship with a partnership of 30 before Calvert fell caught at long leg for 14. Evans (19), Bowyer (9) and Clements (15) then followed to leave England struggling at 70 for 5 with half the overs gone. This quickly became 81 for 9 as the Australian bowlers dismissed Punchard (5), Harsham (0), Staple (1), and Courtney (2) with plenty of overs left. Wallwyn was left stranded on 13 as the final wicket of Young fell with the score on 95 in just the 35th over. All of the Australian bowlers bowled a good line and length – the pick being Harrison 4 for 22 and Michael frame 3 for 10 from 7 overs.

The chances of England completing a whitewash seemed to have disappeared as tea was taken very early!
Staple and Harsham opened the attack for England and Staple struck for the first wicket with the score on 14 from 7 overs. Young came into the attack early and Harsham took a catch to claim the second wicket followed the next ball by a sharp stumping by Belletty to leave the visitors 45 for 3. This became 48 for 4 as Punchard struck in the next over. A period of calm followed as England shuffled their bowlers and the Australians tried to take control. At 74 Harrison was caught by Belletty off Courtney and at 79 Richardson (top score 37 from 111 balls) was removed also by Courtney. 16 still required. Thornton came to the crease and immediately struck a couple of fours but then remarkably three wickets fell with the score on 93 as the spectators on both sides were wondering what devils existed in such a good looking pitch.
Three batsmen (one England and two for Australia) had perished first ball in the match! Three runs still needed with plenty of overs left. Fielders were positioned carefully and only a single came from the next few balls. So two were still required at the start of the 35th over. Could victory still be had? A four down to third man settled the match as the visitors won by one wicket.
At the after match dinner Clive Ricks thanked the Sussex County Cricket Club for the generous use of their magnificent facilities and presented mementos to the Australian Tour manager Peter Frame and the two umpires.

Mark Gaskell for Australia reiterated his thanks and awarded the MoM for England to John Courtney for his spell of 4 for 25.
John Foster repeated the thanks for the use of the magnificent facilities and also thanked all the England squad for their efforts in the series and Clive Ricks for his work in setting up the tour. He awarded the Australian MoM to Michael Frame for his spell of 3 for 10 taking important wickets in the middle and at the end of the innings. He awarded the Australian player of the series to Glenn Richardson for being by the far the most consistent batsman in the matches which were all dominated by bowlers. Rupert Staple was named the England Player of the series. He also thanked Maggie Boyden for her work with the pen and also for keeping all the England players on their toes! Finally gifts were presented to all the Australian ‘wags’ who had supported their partners throughout the tour in such close matches.
There will be much to look forward to in the return series later in the year if the matches continue to be so closely fought!

29/06/2019

England retain the Ashes at Kidderminster
With England looking to seal the series, the second ODI took place a Kidderminster CC on Friday 28th June on a warm sultry day. England won the toss and invited the visitors to bat on a good looking pitch but with some moisture on the surface which would provide assistance to the new ball bowlers.
Martyn Bowyer came in for the injured Calvert as the hosts took the field with Staple and Harsham opening the attack. Early movement in the air and off the seam made life difficult for the batsmen and runs were hard to come by but it wasn’t until the 14th over that Staple took the first of his four wickets bowling Gaskell for 14. Harsham continued to plug away without much luck, all the batsmen playing and missing, whilst Staple took another wicket to leave the visitors 33 for 2 in the 16th over. Two wickets in two balls for Staple (the first to a great slip catch by Punchard) left the Australians struggling at 41 for 4 as he finished his spell with figures of 4 for 20.

The Australians began rebuilding, Glenn Richardson started to accumulate runs quietly and together with Murray Harrison they shared a partnership of 114 before Harrison was caught by Belletty of Bowyer for 34. Meantime John Courtney bowled a tidy spell of 10 overs for 26 to keep things tight at one end. Runs came a little more freely toward the end of the innings as the visitors realised they needed to push on – there was a run out for skipper John Foster, and Richardson completed his 100 off the final ball as the Australians finished on 189 for 6.

After tea the home side set off determined to complete the series win but knowing that the first hour against the new ball would be crucial. Merriman hit three fours off some rare bad balls from Bennett but elsewhere runs were at a premium as the two opening bowlers found their line. Foster had to retire with a(nother!) pulled hamstring and shortly afterwards Bowyer was adjudged lbw to leave the hosts 22 for 1 from 10 overs. Merriman followed soon afterwards for 22 and Clements was joined by Punchard to try and steady the ship. A partnership of 42 followed until Clements (25) tried to hit over the top with the score on 77. Punchard and Walwyn then began initially with a period of consolidation and then to push England towards the victory target with a stand of 89 until Walwyn was bowled for 43. Leaving the hosts to score 24 from the final four overs. Bartholomew and Punchard fell with the score on 183 and 184 respectively leaving 6 runs required from the final over. Staple hit the winning boundary with 2 balls to spare making England the winners by 4 wickets in another nail biting finish – and so retained the Ashes won following the series in 2017.

Australian skipper Mark Gaskell awarded the England MOM to Rupert Staple for his figures of 10 overs 4 for 20. Glen Richardson deservedly took the honours for the visitors for his fine 100.
Both captains thanked the host Club for their hospitality and the magnificent playing facilities, together with the umpires and Maggie for the scoring. Onwards to the final game of the series at Hove next week.

JF 29/6

26/06/2019

The Australian 60+ team met the Chairman's XI at Banbury XX CC on Wednesday 26 June in their final fixture before the 2nd ODI against England at Kidderminster.

The Chairman's XI won the toss and elected to field. Opening bowlers Dave Pegg and Richard Harris kept things tight but the Aussies reached the drinks break on 85 without loss. Arshal Mughal claimed the first wicket shortly afterwards and tight bowling from the Essex seamer, Duncan Gardner and Chris Dearden allowed the skipper to keep a restrictive field placing. A run out by Simon Sargeant claimed the wicket of big hitting Phil Dreschler and the Australian innings closed on 189-5.

After an excellent tea the Chairman's XI made a steady start against the Australian first choice openers but Rex Bennett claimed three wickets in a good spell and the hosts were struggling at 77-5 with time running out. However, Duncan Gardner and Mike Stafford combined in a magnificent unbeaten stand of 112 and, with the Aussies best bowlers out of overs, they made hay against the back-up bowlers to carry the Chairman's XI to a famous win with an over to spare.

Duncan Gardner was rightfully Man of the Match and the win by an England 'B' team against the tourists will pile the pressure on them for Friday's ODI. It was an excellent team performance by the Chairman's XI and shows the depth  of 60+ talent available to the national selectors.

Many thanks to Banbury XX for their wonderful hospitality; the Chairman now stands at Played 3, Won 3 against the Aussies!!

13/06/2019

England v Australia 2nd ODI - Friday 27th June

The selectors have named the following squad for the next ODI at Kidderminster. Final selection will be made on the morning of the match.

John Foster, Chris Evans , Dave Bartholomew, Nigel Belletty, Martyn Bowyer, Simon Clements, John Courtney, Keith Harsham, Richard Merriman, Denzil Owen, John Punchard, Mike Stafford, Rupert Staple, Murphy Walwyn, Marcus Young

Stand-by players - Chris Tarrant and Neil Stevens
Scorer - Maggie Boyden
Start time 11:30 am. All spectators are welcome to attend.

23/06/2019

England v Pakistan at Oswestry

With both John Foster and Chris Evans still side-lined with injury John Punchard captained the side at Oswestry against Pakistan. Debuts were made by Richard Harris (Wales), Martin Bowyer (Gloucs), Chris Dearden (Lancs) and Neil Stevens (Middx).
Pakistan – fielding four players with international experience – won the toss and asked England to bat. Chris Tarrant (Kent) was dismissed early but thereafter runs were scored at will by most of the batsmen as first Punchard (76 from 91 balls) then Merriman (65 from 82) regularly hit the boundaries against some varied bowling before retiring. Bowyer (50 from 49) then Bartholomew (Lancs) (51 from 38) followed suit before a run out mix up gave the visitors their second wicket. Dearden came and went for 10 before Harris and Stafford closed the innings on 344 for 3 from the allotted overs.
After tea Harris took a wicket with his first ball to a good stumping by Tarrant and the subsequent batsmen struggled to make any inroads into the huge total. The wickets were shared around with three for both Stevens and Stafford (both 3 for 7) and one each for Philipps and Young and a run out. Eventually Pakistan folded for just 77 which could have been worse if some difficult chances had been held.
The MOM award was presented to John Punchard for his excellent 76 and Manager Clive Ricks welcomed the visitors who in turn explained how they were trying to initiate the ‘veterans’ game in Pakistan and attract touring teams to venture into new territory.
Many thanks to Oswestry Cricket Club who hosted the match very well and to the two umpires Anthony Harris and John Beaman. Maggie Boyden kept the books excellently in some trying circumstances!
JF 23/6/19

16/06/2019

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.

15/06/2019

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

19/04/2019

Nets for 46 nominated England 60+ players were held at Edgbaston on 17th and 18th April and a final trial will be held on Sunday 19 May.  The selectors are John Foster, who has been re-appointed England Captain, Chris Evans of Surrey who has accepted the position of Vice-Captain and Clive Ricks who is managing this summer's ODIs and the tour to Australia later in the year.

INTERNATIONAL 60+ TOURS TO ENGLAND 2019

AUSTRALIA

Date

Opposition

Venue

Ground Address

Postcode

Contact

Email Address

Thur 6 June

Net Session

Beckenham County

Worsley Bridge Road, Beckenham

BR3 1DR

Chris Swadkin

[email protected]

Fri 7

Kent

The Mote CC

Willow Way, Maidstone

ME15 7RN

Howard Smith

[email protected] 

Mon 10

Surrey

Horsley & Send CC

Ripley Lane, West Horsley, Leatherhead

KT24 6JS

Bill Early

[email protected]

Wed 12

Middlesex

Ickenham CC

Oak Avenue, Ickenham, Uxbridge

UB10 8LP

Amlan Ghoshal

[email protected]

Fri 14

ENGLAND 1ST ODI

Maldon CC, Essex

Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, Maldon

CM9 4QT

Andrew Gallant

[email protected]

Sun 16

Norfolk/Suffolk

Old Buckenham CC

Old Buckenham, Attleborough

NR17 1PQ

Andrew Gregory

[email protected]

Mon 17

Essex

Maldon CC

Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, Maldon

CM9 4QT

Terry Sims

[email protected]

Wed 19

Hertfordshire

Hertford CC

Mangrove Rd, Hertford

SG13 8AN

Colin Croucher

[email protected]

Fri 21

Leicestershire

Leicester Banks CC

Banks Road, Leicester

LE2 8HA

Jeff Baxter

[email protected]

Mon 24

PAKISTAN ODI

Oswestry CC

Morda Road, Oswestry, Shropshire

SY11 2AY

Hugh Roberts

[email protected]

Wed 26

Chairman’s XI

Banbury XX CC

Ermont Way, Banbury, Oxfordshire

OX16 4AE

Clive Ricks

[email protected]

Fri 28

ENGLAND 2ND ODI

Kidderminster CC

1 Offmore Lane, Kidderminster, Worcs

DY10 1TL

Barry Briscoe

[email protected]

Sun 30

Gloucestershire

Cheltenham CC

Prince's Street, Cheltenham

GL52 6BE

Len Attard

[email protected]

Mon 1 July

Somerset

Midsomer Norton CC

Withies Lane, Midsomer Norton, Radstock

BA3 2JE

Iain Locke

[email protected]

Wed 3

Hampshire

Hursley Park CC

Hursley Park Road, Winchester

SO21 2JN

Geoff Beale

[email protected]

Fri 5

ENGLAND 3RD ODI

Sussex County CC

Eaton Road, Hove 

BN3 3AN

Ken Fisher

[email protected]

 

PAKISTAN

Date

Opposition

Venue

Ground Address

Postcode

Contact

Email Address

Mon 17 June

Yorkshire

Woodlands CC

Albert Terrace, Oakenshaw, Bradford

BD12 7AX

Alan Steers

[email protected]

Wed 19

Lancashire

Heywood CC

Aspinall Street, Heywood

OL10 4JE

John Sharples

[email protected]

Fri 21

ENGLAND ODI

Oswestry CC

Morda Road, Oswestry, Shropshire

SY11 2AY

Hugh Roberts

[email protected]

Mon 24

AUSTRALIA ODI

Oswestry CC

Morda Road, Oswestry, Shropshire

SY11 2AY

Hugh Roberts

[email protected]

Wed 26

Cheshire

Warrington SC

Walton Lea Road, Walton, Warrington

WA4 6SJ

Ian Brown

[email protected]

 

England International Committee:
Clive Ricks (Chair) - [email protected]
Andrew Clarke - [email protected],
John Foster - [email protected],
Chris Swadkin - [email protected]
Barry Briscoe - [email protected]



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