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    Seevant Over 60's 2015 Tour to Barbados


    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
    At leisure.
    Welcome Reception – TBC.

    Thursday 26th February
    England Tourists practice match under lights at Three W’s Oval.

    Friday 27th February
    At leisure.

    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 2nd March
    At leisure.

    Tuesday 3rd   March
    England Tourists v BCL.Over 60 Transfers to/from the cricket included.

    Wednesday 4th March
    At leisure.

    Thursday 5th March
    England Tourists v BCA Over 60. Transfers to/from the cricket included.

    Friday 6th March
    At leisure.
    Sportspersons Dinner  - TBC.

    Saturday 7th March
    International  - Barbados Over 60 v England Over 60. Transfers to/from the cricket included.

    Sunday 8th March
    International  Barbados Over 60 v England Over 60 . Transfers to/from the cricket included.

    Monday 9th March
    At leisure.

    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.

    NOTES –
    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.


    PRICE   £1,710.00 - £1,760.00 (made up of Flight and Hotel Room plus share of cricket costs (which are not finalised but will be within this cost ) per person, based on twin/double share in a standard room (singles will be paired in twin rooms), inclusive of:        

    • Return Economy class flights on British Airways London Gatwick to Barbados.
    • All pre-payable 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.
    • Meals and hospitality as detailed in your itinerary.


    If you require single occupancy the extra cost will be £790 - £840


    Return Premium Economy flights - £415.00 per person (subject to availability)
    Return Business Class flights - £1,385.00 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 : email
    Phone  01905 641052

    Complete booking form and send to

    Sports Tours Plus – for the attention Debbie Pallant
    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.

    Sports Tours Plus   Tel: 01638 717850 Fax: 01638 714521 Email: Website:
    CAA ATOL No: 9592

    Barry Smith

Many of you will know Barry Smith who has kept wicket for the Kent 60s and 70s for many years.  Barry was also solely instrumental in establishing the over 60s Championship in 2004.    We have learnt from Jean Smith, Barry's wife, the dreadful news that cancer has attacked several parts of his body.   What was originally thought as sciatica has now been diagnosed with the worst news possible.   Whilst the prognosis is not known Jean anticipates intensive chemotherapy.   Barry is having to go through other scans and biopsies to identify the primary cancer.

It was in 2003 that Barry and Hugh Milner had a chat at the Bat and Ball ground in Gravesend when he suggested that we move on from 50s cricket and start an over 60s friendly fixture list.   He undertook a great deal of work to get the over 60s off the ground - a competition that many of us now play in and enjoy.

Jean has asked that all his cricketing friends be advised of what has happened.   Let us hope and pray that Barry responds positively to treatment and that he is soon returns to the cricketing circuit once again.

Playing Conditions : Revision to Rule 1.4

1.4       The Close of Play Time is ONLY used for the calculation of overs remaining to be played following an interruption. If, in the opinion of the umpires, the conditions for the players are safe, and the light playable,  the match will continue until the required number of overs has been bowled or one side has won.
Matches have  gone on till after 9pm...

Martin Pearse

Seevent O60 Championship

15th July - Week 12

Cambridgeshire/Huntingdonshire  gained their first ever victory over a lack lustre Norfolk bowling attack which landed about 30 4 balls on a plate, so Mick Ketteridge dropped on 0, smashed 88 with a lovely cameo of 59 from David Baker seeing the visitors through in 39 overs, 212-2.
Northamptonshire amassed 231-8 with Ray Swann claiming another 125, Dave Slade taking 4-48. Warwickshire found the going tough, 147 all out, Micky Allen 4-26.
Hertfordshire squeaked through by 3 runs v Suffolk. Herts 181-6 was nearly caught by  Dick Bond’s 88 as Suffolk closed on 178-9.
Bedfordshire’s 153-3, Phil Chudley 60 not out, Bob Plowman’s 46 not out made short work of Leicestersgire’s 149-8, indebted to Geoff Baxter’s (possibly) highest score for his county in his 21st year, 80 not out.

Cheshire 217-7 with Chris Leech 59 and Nick Sharp 58 saw off Lincolnshire 136 all out, Bob Yardley taking 5-21.
Derbyshire, whose batting can look formidable, easily overtook Northumberland’s 139-6, Alan Hitchmough 3-21. Ted Hemsley’s 70 not out in 27 overs did the trick.
Yorkshire are in danger of going into the play-offs unbeaten... Fate... We know what happens then. Micky Kenyon’s 4-22 restricted Shropshire to 118. Not nearly enough.

A Peter Whitby 104* in 223-6 saw Devon win by 66 runs v Gloucestershire 157-9.
Somerset kept positions churning over, 201-7, with Graham Poulton 50 + Dave Clarke 54 not out. Wales collapsed to 89, Brian Brogden notching 4-7 and Dave Clarke 3-18.
Hampshire with Martin Hall back in the 1st X1, after a brief foray in the second, clocked up 226-6, Hall 56, Beale 52. Wiltshire were 39 short, 187-5.

Berkshire won one lose one. Except they beat the top side?! Kent were restricted to 156-7 and Ronnie Brock’s 89 was enough. Berkshire 158-3.
Surrey collapsed to 141. John Elliot 5-27 in a new look and rather confident Essex who won by 7 wickets.
Middlesex saw Ricky Gunn make their first ever century, 120 not out and Terry Braithwaite 62 in their 231-4. However, Sussex ruined the party 235-6, John Johnson 91 and Richard Seagar 51

2014 Play-Offs
Dates as follows – all rounds in one week
Week beginning
24/8  -  30/8    Last 16
31/8  -  6/9      Last 8
7/9    -  13/9    Semi Finals
FINAL  -  16/17/18 September

All matches for groups must be concluded by Friday 22 August. No doubt some Counties will have to play two matches in one week!!
Martin Pearse


The Kreeda balls supplied to all counties in 2014 that have not been used should be returned to Mike Fernando  Kreeda, International , 18 Hillbrow, Letchworth Herts SG6 3RE

Any balls that have been used should be paid for at a price of £8.75 each cheque payable to; kreeda international
For this year the balls now supplied by Readers should be used and paid; for; by the respective counties.

Mike Savage for Seevent Committee


Regrettably the two Series v Australia 60 and Australia 70 proposed for 2014 will not now take place.

“The 60+ Tour by the Australians was cancelled by us on January 7th because the Australian Seniors Committee headed by Kerry Emery and Organiser Stirling Hamman have refused, despite repeated attempts, to accept a generous compromise on the early retirement rule.—relating to both Age groups.

The compromise was that six County matches would be played with the Australian recycle/ retirement rule and the further six matches and the Test matches would be played under Seevent rules with no retirements.

This the Seevent Committee felt was a very fair gesture after the AGM when the democratic vote by the 32 Counties was heavily 26/6, 80% of the electorate in favour of no retirement.

Website Minutes:

"The Australians Tour here was in some doubt as only 6 Counties would accept the Australians retirement rule, formerly at 35 and now at 50.
Many commented if they wanted to come here they should play cricket as it has always been played and not try and impose on us ‘’mickey mouse/ farcical’’ cricket.
Suffolk and Gloucestershire were happy to play retirement at 50 but 25 counties were against. The Chairman will discuss further with the Australians.
It was felt the Australian Captain can always call his own players in if he is unable to vary the Batting order match to match but that the English Counties would play as normal.
As they wish to play upwards of 15 matches in three weeks, they would have more than enough batting, certainly more than their UK counterparts!"

The Seevent Committee also suggested that for all future Over 60 /Over 70 Tours both here and in Australia, the same 50/50 split for all State/ County matches should be fairly implemented.

This was also refused by the Australian Executive who insisted all matches must be played to recycle.

Furthermore, we made a request for any Australian Tour over here should be conduited entirely through the Seevent Chairman or designated Committee member/ Organiser, for all fixtures. When we tour Australia this is what happens. We never received any acknowledgement on this issue.

The Over 70 Tour to Australia

Over January and February( after the 7th January Over 60 cancellation) Hugh Milner received six more differing itineraries from the Australians for the 70+ Test series and State matches, after the first one ( October-December 2013) had been agreed by Rob Wilson and Joel McGlyn, costed, planned and all our Tourists advised, and agreements reached for availability and family inter-connections.

Originally involving South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, four itineraries were costed and circulated to the prospective English tourists, seemingly with the knowledge of the Australian Committee, as well as sent by their Over 70 Manager Rob Wilson.

However, the final three itineraries sent by Stirling Hamman were proposed with fundamental differences to the dates, number of matches, but more critically the insistence on visits to Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria instead of South Australia, Victoria and TasmaniaThere was no guarantee that still further itineraries would not be proposed by the Australians. As a result the Australians were advised by Dr. Gil Collins and Hugh Milner on the 11th February that the England 70s would not be touring."

The Future


Recently there have been moves by the Australian Organiser to split his Touring Party into two Teams, under the ACT and NSW banners but this has fallen through because only a couple of Counties were willing to play them.

A fresh invitation for the 1st XI July/ August 2014 visit was sent to the Australian Committee yesterday. All County Organisers were copied in.

Other News

There is possibility of a 2 day match against Sir Ian Botham’s XI on Alderney during August.

Martin Pearse


We must apologise but due to events outside our control we have neen unable to access the Website during the last three weeks. We now have a new Administrator, Derrick Sheldon ( whose full details are on the Menu. Please send all results and fixtures to him.

Michael Webb

It is with great regret we have to announce the death of Michael Webb, our Website Administrator at his home. Michael was a loyal servant and helper to his beloved Surrey, for whom he scored at many hundreds of matches, and since he joined the Spitfire Organisation, had been a great asset. Very courteous, friendly and extremely efficient, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our sincerest condolences go out from all of us to his wife Lyn, his children and grandchildren, at this tragic time.

Annual General Meeting

Minutes of the AGM held on 27th November can be read by clicking here

Play Cricket Sites

The revised Play-Cricket layout is now available, although there are still a few teething problems. The Main Play-Cricket Administrators are sorting out problems as raised by various users, and some alterations (such as being able to view players' statistics without loging in to the system) have already been made. Individual Club Administrators will have received emails from Play-Cricket relating to progress of these changes. Any problems should be referred to Play-Cricket via the system helpdesk.


The Seevent Championship kit sponsor DMS Sports is offering sponsorship packages to all the counties this coming season. They are offering a wide range of playing kit, training and leisure wear items which are personalised with your logos.

Contact DMS on / 0800 458 9973 for further information.


The Constitition for 2013, ratified at the AGM is available via the menu on the left of this page. This document includes the 2013 Rules as Appendix A and 2013 Playing Regulations as Appendix B. These are also available via the "Rules & Regulations" option as in previous years. The Constitution also includes Appendix C; Code of Conduct and Player Behaviour, 2013.


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