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Cheshire 146-8 Steve Yates 31 John Elliot 9-3-12-2
Essex 147-3 Amarjit Lal 78 Simon Sargent 40* 35 overs
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.
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It’s not over yet! Barbados beckons the England Over 60 team
Cricket party to visit Barbados 24 February – 10 March, 2015
Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. is delighted to be gearing up to welcoming the England Over 60 team next spring as they play a series of matches against the Barbados Over 60 League teams.
For the England Over 60 team, the allure of Barbados’ warm weather and excellent cricket facilities was just too tempting to miss out on. They will arrive on the lush Caribbean island on 24 February, 2015, with the series of matches being concluded by two one day Internationals between Barbados Over 60s and England Over 60s – before the England team fly home on 10 March.
Petra Roach, interim President & CEO of the BTMI, commented: “It’s absolutely fantastic that the Over 60s team in England has chosen to come out and play in Barbados. It’s the first time this age group will be with us, and I know that many of our older Barbadian cricketers will be pleased with the news.”
She continued: “Barbadians are very passionate about cricket, so this will create a convivial atmosphere that ensures the England Over 60 team can enjoy their sport to its very best on our shores.
The stadium in Barbados has been modernised to a very high standard since the 2007 World Cup, so there really is no better place in the world to enjoy cricket than Barbados.”
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THE ENGLAND SEEVENT OVER 60’s 2015 BARBADOS TOUR
I am delighted to advise any players interested in going on the Barbados Tour in February 2015 that following a very generous offer from the Barbados Tourist Authority to sponsor some of the Cricketing Costs for the Touring Party we have been able to make a significant reduction to the cost of the Tour package.
We understand that this offer has been made because although Barbados has many cricket tours this will be a “first” , because they have never had an England Over 60 side visiting before.
The maximum cost to any cricketer going on the Tour will now be £1585, and there will be No Cricketing Costs for wives/partners/supporters so the cost for them will now be £1435.
A copy of the Itinerary with the reduced costs is attached. It should be noted that the charge for the Sportspersons Dinner is not included and if this takes place it will be optional,and at extra cost.
We have already had a number of bookings and the reduced costs will be applied to them.
It is anticipated that there could now well be a significant increase in bookings which will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.
Please contact me if you want any further information or a reservation form to make a booking.
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ITINERARY FOR ENGLAND SEEVENT OVER 60’s 2015 BARBADOS TOUR
Tuesday 24th February
Depart London Gatwick, North Terminal on British Airways flight BA2155 to Barbados, leaving at 11.20hrs.
Arrive Barbados at 16.10hrs. On arrival transfer to Coconut Court Hotel for 14 nights stay.
Wednesday 25th February
Welcome Reception – TBC.
Thursday 26th February
England Tourists practice match.under lights at Three W’s Oval.
Friday 27th February
Saturday 28th February
England Tourists v BCA Over 60. Transfers to/from the cricket included.
Sunday 01st March
England Tourists v BCL Over 60. Transfers to/from the cricket included.
Monday 02nd March
Tuesday 03rd March
England Tourists v BCL.Over 60 Transfers to/from the cricket included.
Wednesday 04th March
Thursday 05th March
England Tourists v BCA Over 60. Transfers to/from the cricket included.
Friday 06th March
Sportspersons Dinner - TBC.
Saturday 07th March
International - Barbados Over 60 v England Over 60. Transfers to/from the cricket included.
Sunday 08th March
International Barbados Over 60 v England Over 60 . Transfers to/from the cricket included.
Monday 09th March
Tuesday 10th March
Transfer to Barbados airport for departure on British Airways flight BA2154 to London, leaving at 17.50hrs.
Wednesday 11th March
Arrive London Gatwick, North Terminal at 05.50hrs.
Luggage allowance – 23kg pp in economy, 2x 23kg in Premium Economy (cricket equipment will be within this allowance so best to take as little equipment as you can).
Cricket matches – Extra cricket matches will be arranged depending on number of players in the touring party
Internationals - It cannot be confirmed until next Feb but it is planned that the two International matches will at Kensington Oval.
1585.00 (made up of Flight and Hotel Room plus share of cricket costs) per cricket player, based on twin/double share in a standard room (singles will be paired in twin rooms), inclusive of:
£1435.00 (made up of Flight and Hotel Room), for wives/partners/supporters, based on twin/double share in a standard room, inclusive of:
- Return Economy class flights on British Airways London Gatwick to Barbados.
- All prepayable airport taxes.
- 14 nights in Barbados at 3* Coconut Court Hotel, based on a standard room, on room only basis.
- Return airport transfers.
- Return match day transfers to cricket matches.
- Cricket matches – ground costs, meals following matches etc.
If you require single occupancy the extra cost will be £790
UPGRADE SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON:
Return Premium Economy flights - £415.00 per person (subject to availability)
Return Business Class flights - £1385.00 per person (subject to availability)
Breakfast - £75 .00 (continental) or £115.00 (full) per person
Ocean Front Room - £110.00 per person twin/double or £220.00 single
Superior Ocean Front Room - £190.00 per person twin/double or £380.00 single
STANDARD ROOM: Mixed views of hotel buildings and ocean. Individually controlled air conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, telephone, electronic in-room safe, iron and board and hairdryer. Kitchenette facilities including microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven and electric kettle. Bathroom with shower and private balcony.
OCEAN FRONT ROOM AMENITIES: Gorgeous ocean views, 2 twin beds or 1 king bed, free WIFI, individually controlled air conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, telephone, electronic in-room safe, iron and board and hairdryer. Kitchenette facilities including microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven and electric kettle. Bathroom with shower and private balcony.
SUPERIOR OCEAN FRONT ROOM AMENITIES: Completely refurbished (2013) with gorgeous ocean views, 2 twin beds or 1 king bed, queen size pull-out couch, free WIFI, IPod docking station, individually controlled air conditioning, ceiling fan, 32inch flat screen cable TV, telephone, electronic in-room safe, iron and board, hairdryer. Kitchenette facilities including microwave, refrigerator, toaster, electric kettle and sink. Bathrooms with shower and private balcony.
Please note that a full 10 year passport (valid for at least 6 months after your intended return to the UK) is required by all British residents.
Confirm to Tour Organiser Barry Briscoe with full details of who will be travelling
Contact details :
Phone 01905 641052
Complete booking form and send to
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Address – The White House, 27 The Street, Holywell Row, Bury St Edmunds. IP28 8LS.
And make payment of non refundable deposit of £300pp to Sports Tours Plus, either by cheque, debit card or online banking (Account 00186908 - Sort code 30-91-49). Payment by Mastercard or Visa credit card incurs a fee of 2.5%.
The balance of money due will be payable by 15 December 2014.
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AUSTRALIANS. Yours truly had a very lengthy dialogue with Stirling Hamman and his Committee, all here in England on a private Tour, , last Sunday and a further chat on Friday. As coincidentally I am at Heathrow on Wednesday evening flying out on business and the Aussies are also at Terminal 3, we are meeting for an hour to see how we can progress further. Both AGM’s are in November.
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