2015 Touring Teams from Down Under
The fixtures for all the matches are now on the Internationals page
National County Cricket Championship
Seevent O60 Tour to Barbados
On behalf of the Seevent Committee, we must thank Chris Watson and Barry Briscoe for organising what promises to be a lively Social Tour, with a couple of ‘Internationals’ thrown into the mix.
The mainly social players going are the ones who applied to travel and the only proviso from the ENGLAND OVER 60 1ST X1 Selectors Martin Pearse and Richard Owen, was that, for the two Test Matches, the core (10 players) would be chosen by them to represent England.
‘All the 10 chosen have good pedigrees in the ECB 50 1st X1 and Seevent O60 1st X1 Championships.
5 of the players who applied to go have already represented England, either against Scotland, Wales and Australia 60 so it will also enable the newcomers selected to do well enough to be considered along with the quota of 20 + extremely good recognised International players not travelling to Barbados when we pick the Teams for the visit of the Australians in June 2015.’
There are 3 Tests v Australia O60
Sunday 21st June Halstead, Essex
Sunday 28th June Middleton at Sea, Sussex
Thurs 2nd / Fri 3rd July Sunbury on Thames, the 1st inaugural 2 day Ashes Test.
The players selected to represent ENGLAND 060 in Barbados
Friday 6th March ENGLAND O60 V BARBADOS Cricket League Centurions
Sunday 8th March ENGLAND O60 V BARBADOS Cricket Association
*Nick Andrews (Hunts & Cambs) Capt
*Bob Eames (Devon) Capt
David Tee (Derbyshire)
David Sowe (Surrey)
David Pegg (Northants)
*David Debidin (Surrey) Wkt Keeper
*Mike Byford (Surrey)
Trevor Shales (Norfolk)
Neil Calvert (Lincs)
*Eric Riddle (Herts)
Barbados set to welcome the England Over 60s cricket team for exciting island tour, 24 February – 10 March
( February, 2015) – Barbados is looking forward to welcoming the England Over 60s County Championship Cricket team to try their luck against Barbados Over 60s sides, in a series of matches taking place between 24 February and 10 March 2015.
Supported by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and organised by the Seevent England Over 60 County Championship, together with SportsToursPlus in the UK, and Sporting Zones in Barbados, the series will mark the first time that Barbados has welcomed an international Over 60s league team to the island.
Over the course of two weeks, the England team will battle it out against a selection of Barbados’ Over 60s League teams, including the Western Stars, Southern Raiders, and the Northern Stars. Playing at a range of cricket grounds right across the island, the England team’s Barbados experience will culminate in two exciting Test Matches on Friday 6 March and Sunday 8 March 2015, when famous faces from Barbados’ cricketing history are expected to make an appearance on the field.
The Rt. Honorable Sir Garfield Sobers commented: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the England Over 60s County Championship Cricket team to Barbados. Our two countries have long shared a passion for the sport and it seemed only fitting that our very first international Over 60s tour would include an English team. Having spent several seasons in the English cricket league myself, I am excited to see the very best Over 60s talent play over the course of the tour. I’m sure the experience for them will be a memorable one and we’d be more than happy to welcome them back to the island.”
Event organiser Chris Watson was equally enthusiastic about the tour adding: “We have all been eagerly looking forward to this trip – the weather, the cricket, the people and the food – there is just so much about this wonderful island to love. At this point I’d also like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. for their support and assistance which has been integral in making this tour a reality. Their efforts have been deeply appreciated.”
Cricketing fans keen to catch the matches on an island can do so at the following venues:
Saturday 28 February
- England Tourists Team 1 vs. BCL Western Stars, at Melbourne Cricket Ground, St James
- England Tourists Team 2 vs. BCL Southern Raiders, at Mapp Hill Cricket Ground, St Michael
Sunday 1 March
- England Tourists Team vs. BCL Northern Stars, at North Stars Cricket Club, St Lucy
Tuesday 3 March
- England Tourists Team vs. Empire Cricket Club, at Empire Cricket Club Ground, St Michael
Thursday 5 March
- England Tourists Team 1 vs. Maxwell Select, at Maxwell Cricket Ground, Christ Church
- England Tourists Team 2 vs. BCL Central Lights, at Greens Cricket Ground, St George
Friday 6 March
- 1st Test Match, England vs. Barbados Cricket League Centurions, at Wanderers’ Cricket Ground, Christ Church
Sunday 8 March
- 2nd Test Match, England vs. Barbados Cricket Association, at The University of the West Indies, St Michael
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CHRIS MENDHAM KENT
It with sad regret that we have to inform you of the sudden death of Chris Mendham
Our sincerest condolences go to his Family and Friends.
Chris Mendham was a stalwart of club cricket in South East London for many decades. He first came to prominence playing for Metrogas and representing the Kent Metropolitan League in the CCC Inter League Cup. When that club lost its ground he moved on to Downham and Bellingham - a club famed for its family atmosphere and après match qualities - which suited Chris to a T.
He helped Downham rise through the Kent League divisions and won the Kent League Cricketer of the Year Award in 2004 - this is an accolade based on long serving performance and contribution to the game and showed the respect he was held in by all in Kent Cricket.
When he reached 50, he became known to a wider audience as his left arm spin became an integral part of the Kent 50+ team which won 4 ECB 50+ Championships - as well as reaching other finals and semi finals. Just as important as his bowling however was his character where his humour and friendship helped develop the great team spirit which helped that team to its success.
Because of his enduring talent he kept playing for the 50+ team until into his 60s so it was as a relative latecomer that he began playing for the 60+ Kent team - naturally he added tremendously to the quality of the team and in his first season was rewarded with being part of the Kent victory in the 2014 60+ Final.
The Aussies talk a lot about "mateship". Well we in Kent have lost someone who embodied that concept to the full. Chris Mendham - fine bowler and most of all a great mate.
Group Fixtures for 2015
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Sixth Seevent DMS National County Over 60/70 Cricket Championship AGM
Minutes of the 2014 AGM held on 26th November 2014 can be read by clicking here
The Sixth National O60 Final - Cheshire v Essex
At Great Oakley CC, Northamptonshire
On Tuesday 16th Sept. 2014
A 150 mile round trip from Norfolk – Huntingdon – Great Oakley saw a myriad of weather conditions: fog, drizzle, rain and a sea fret. The ground, on arrival at 11am was incredibly foggy and the outfield was literally saturated. Midday and there was slight evidence of change.
Cheshire lost the toss. But it is alleged Leesy would have batted anyway? Cheshire didn’t start badly and in fact, after 10 overs, were circa 26. But already the Essex seamers, Keith Mitchell and John Thomas were in charge with frequent off side slashes by the openers ending up in the keepers gloves. 33/0 in 12. Marginal. Then Sharp attempted yet another offside cut nicely into the keeper’s hands. No 1 for Mr Sims. No 2 a few minutes later when no 3 Chris Leech tried the same thing with left arm spinner Martin Southwell. 34/2 Steve Yates had concentrated hard for his 31, without ever appearing confident and no 3 for Sims as the miserly John Elliott induced yet another caught behind. 52/3. Bernie Bishop (9) and Colin Norbury (20) attempted to build an innings of note, but the spinners ruled. Southwell and Elliott collectively bowled 18 overs, 5 maidens (all to the superb Elliott), 36 runs, 4 wickets and these two effectively ruined Cheshire.
From then on it was ‘what will Cheshire get?’........... Luckily for Cheshire, as in most teams, Essex’ no 5 bowler isn’t in the same class as the top 4. So the fifth bowlers went for 57 and Howard Morris and Rob Worsley used their bottom hand for what it was designed for on a sticky wicket, poaching 36 runs in 40 balls.
But the vast experience on the boundaries edge all reckoned it was already Essex’s match . And so it proved. The temperature by now was well over 70°, scorching hot and the Essex openers survived some close calls. But they were still there. Lal, Al as I call him, (Amarjit to his Mum and Dad), was looking ultra confident, as was Nigel Bloch, the League’s leading run scorer. Suddenly Bloch pulled up lame. He was lbw to Howard Morris for 13.
Malcolm Wright, having received a not out for a caught behind, got some northern treatment from behind and to the right. A stand off and a respite...... but immediately then was comprehensively bowled by spinner Andy Hayes for 1. 48/2. The Over 60’s are still capable of sledging, Australian style.......
However, Lal and Simon Sargent didn’t look at all perturbed and without any hysterics pushed the score further and further onwards. Lal played some lovely drives, as did Sargent, and it was a surprise when Lal, undisputedly MOM, succumbed for 78, lbw Morris in 107 balls.. Sargent can be well pleased with his unbeaten 40, as Essex came through in 33.5 overs
Cheshire, 3 times holders in 6 years, can hold their heads up high having beaten some strong teams on the way, but it just wasn’t their day from the start.
A massive thanks to Mick and Vilma York at Great Oakley Cricket Club, for the hard work on the ground and all the lovely food and drink, to Maya Isterling and Frances Brown for scoring and Mervyn Mann and Trevor Finch for Umpiring. Also to Steve Edwards for stepping in after Oakham became unavailable.