ENGLAND 70+ vs WALES 65+
I thought you might be interested to learn the results of the England 70+ Test matches against Wales 65+ played in south east Wales. Two days before we left for the Principality our star batsman, John Stuck, was forced to pull out with a slipped disc. John's 70+ average for Essex is - 7 innings, runs scored 548, top score 136*, average 182.66. He had scored three centuries and two fifties in the 70+ Championship in 2014 and would be a great loss. Fortunately, at very short notice, Derek Ebbage of Worcestershire, was drafted into the squad.
The Touring Party stayed at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel at Newport East - a new Hotel only three years old which was ideally located as a base to travel to the three grounds chosen to host the Test Matches. None of the grounds were more than 30 minutes from the Hotel.
The first game was at Sudbrook Cricket Club in Caldicot. I won the toss and decided to bat whereupon I was advised that the Welsh had a 45 year old wicket-keeper and several other players in their early sixties. With only 52 runs scored in the first twenty overs I suspected that the decision to bat was wrong. Barry Peay from Sussex top scored with 46 from over 100 balls and the difficult batting was also experienced by George Fox (Leicestershire) who reached 38 in 76 balls. Derek Ebbage (Worcestershire) was run out for 24 and Roger Maynard (Surrey) scored 19. In 45 overs, England had struggled to 157 for 7. Colin Davies took 3 for 29 in 7 overs and Gordon Voke (the Welsh Manager) 2 for 32 in 9 overs. The home Country had little problem in reaching the required runs for the loss of only 2 wickets. Rob Pendleton was not out on 78; Keith James not out 40; and Geoff Thomas 22. Udho Maharaj (Sussex) took 1 for 21 in 9 overs and Hugh Milner (Sussex) 1 for 36 also in 9 overs. Not a good start against a "young" Welsh side - a loss by 8 wickets. The Welsh man of the match was Rob Pendleton whilst the English man of the match was Barry Peay.
The second Test Match was to the superb ground at Usk Cricket Club. On this occasion, Andy Timpson, an apparently young Englishman captaining the younger Welsh side, won the toss and elected to bat. A smart bit of fielding by Bob Perrett (Suffolk), positioned at fine leg, ran out opening bat Garfield Morgan for 6 runs. A 70 run 3rd wicket partnership between Malcolm Lewis and Gordon Voke was followed by an 86 run 5th wicket partnership between Gordon Voke and Ron Walton which helped take the Welsh score to 248 for 5 wickets. Gordon Voke was not out 101 and Malcolm Lewis scored 47. Best bowling analysis was by Ray Waite (Northamptonshire) who took 3 for 57 in his 9 overs with Hugh Milner ending with one wicket for 32 runs. Jeff Baxter (Leicestershire) took two stumpings. England's start was poor with the first four wickets falling for 25 runs. With the score on 68 for 6 after the 25th over Milner joined Perrett and between them took the score to 127 without further loss. Bob Perrett 69* and Hugh Milner 19*. Peter Betteley, John Storey and Andy Timpson each took 2 wickets. England lost by 121 runs. Gordon Voke won the Welsh man of the match with Bob Perrett winning the English trophy.
The final match was played at Croesyceiliog Cricket Club. A ground with a slope that made the Lords' ground appear level but had a lovely view across the valley to the hills opposite. England won the toss and asked the Welsh to bat. Wickets fell regularly with the English bowlers and fielders restricting the batsmen to few opportunities. It was only Bob Pendleton (Wales Man of the Match at Sudbrook) with 26 and the Welsh captain, Ronnie Walton, 36 who helped the home side to 144 all out. Udho Maharaj finished with figures of 3 for 17 in 7.4 overs; Alan Cook (Leicestershire) 2 for 12 in 6 overs; and Bob Perrett 2 for 25 in 9 overs. The English men soon set about the Welsh bowlers with George Fox scoring 32; Derek Ebbage (Worcestershire) 55; and Barry Peay not out 33. Ronnie Walton bowled his 9 overs and took 1 wicket for 5 runs. England won this game by 7 wickets. Derek Ebbage won the English man of the match with Ronnie Walton taking the Welsh trophy.
After the game the England Captain and Manager, Hugh Milner presented the Welsh Manager, Gordon Voke, with the Series Trophy.
The England team was represented by 15 players from Essex; Hampshire; Kent; Leicestershire; Northamptonshire; Shropshire; Somerset; Suffolk; Surrey; Sussex; and Worcestershire
THE ENGLAND SEEVENT OVER 60’s 2015 BARBADOS TOUR
Because of the tremendous response from players across the Country to the opportunity to go on the Barbados Tour we have had to stop accepting any more bookings from Players as we are oversubscribed and full to capacity.
I am sure that you will appreciate that the number of players is governed by the number of games available, and we have said that all touring players will get a minimum of 3 games.
In order to do this we have already had to arrange some additional games.
An amended Itinerary will be forward to the Touring Party in due course.
There is still room on the Tour however for non playing supporters /followers, i.e..the Seevent Barmy Army.
I am sorry to those people who had hoped to travel but had not yet decided, but at the outset we did state that allocation would be on a first come first served basis.
STOP PRESS ESSEX CHAMPIONS !!
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.
2nd DIVISION - PLAY-OFFS , PLATE & BOWL
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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.