Martin Pearse retires as co Chairman of Seevent National 60+ County Cricket
In 2008 Martin Pearse created the then Spitfire National Over 60s County Cricket Championship, after the 8 member Home Counties O60 Cricket Competition disbanded earlier in the year.
Martin, through his extensive national O50 cricket contacts immediately enlarged the competition to 20 counties and now, in 2017, it totals 31 Counties with 1st, 2nd and 3rd XIs at 60+ and a 1st XI at 70+.
Martin initiated the Home Internationals with Wales and Scotland and was organiser of the first official senior Ashes visit by Australia in 2009 which England won 2-0 with Martin as captain. Since then, Australia 60+ visited in 2012 and 2016 and England visited Australia in 2011 and 2017.
Martin has captained England 19 times over a 9 year period, winning 15 matches: 10 v Australia, 3 v Wales and 2 v Scotland, and losing 4 matches: 2 v Australia and 2 v Wales. Martin holds the record for the fastest ever century by an Englishman in Senior Test cricket with 126 not out in 90 balls v Australia 70+ at Radlett.
Martin also holds the aggregate Seniors Run Record for 1st X1 ECB50 /Seevent 60/70 and Internationals with over 12,300 runs at an average over 45.
Martin also founded England Squash Masters in 2004 in a similar vein, as well as Norfolk O50/60/70 in 1996 and now moves on as co founder of Masters Sport UK Ltd, a newly formed company set up to encompass all 50+ UK Masters/Seniors/Veterans sports under one umbrella as a brand name for competitive, social and health reasons and hoping to attract funding for all involved.
Martin will be continuing as co Chairman of Seevent National 60+ County Cricket until the AGM in November 2017.
England Cricket Seniors and all players involved will be forever in Martin’s debt for the vision and hard work he has invested over the last 9 years and wish him luck in his new venture.
11 September 2017
The 60+ 1st XI Play Final was abandoned without a result for the 2nd time. See the Play Offs page for a report on how the match went before rain forced the game to be abandoned. The Final will now be held over to the beginning of the 2018 season.
Cheshire beat Essex by 70 runs in the 2nd XI Play Offs final.
Surrey beat Berkshire by 96 runs in the 2nd XI Bowl Final and thus retain the trophy.
Match report on the 2nd XI Play Offs page.
Hampshire retain the 70+ Play Offs Trophy
match report on the 70+ Play Offs page.
Alan Neal Warwickshire
It is with deep sadness to report the recent death of Alan. A regular member of Warwickshires over 50's & was intrinsic in assisting me with the setting up of our over 60's team in the National County Championship.
His wealth of experience with senior roles in The Midlands Club Cricket Conference was invaluable when arranging the initial umpires for our games & he opened the batting on many occasions. Alan was very well known throughout the Midlands & even further afield & he used to keep us well amused with his numerous tales remembering names & instances with consummate ease.
He was also an avid supporter of his hometown Burton Albion FC following them all over the country with the supporters coach stopping off locally here to pick him up & drop him off. He also was instrumental when setting up our over 70's playing many times in our first season times but itthen became evident that alzheimers was setting in. Sadly he had to go into a home where he passed away.
He will be a great loss & sadly missed to Warwickshires cricket & cricket in general.
His funeral is Wednesday 13th September at Hall Green Baptist Church, Stratford Road B28 9BQ with family only internment at Yardley Cemetery & afterwards at West Warwicks Club,
Grange Road, Olton, Solihull B91 1DA.
Phil Budd on Behalf of Warwickshire Seniors Cricket
Hampshire beat Herts by 3 runs to win the 2nd XI Plate Final. Match report on the 2nd XI Play Offs page
"Observations on Veterans Cricket" by John Fryer
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at a venue either in Oxfordshire or Wiltshire.
England Over 70 Squad
Herewith the England Team to tour Australia for 3 weeks Perth Adelaide Melbourne Brisbane
All players guaranteed a Test Match-unless injured
5 Tests 5 Inter State matches
All players/ organisers asked to help find Sponsors otherwise Tour is self funding
Manager is Nigel Ling of Yorkshire Ridings
Travel Agent in Australia Joel Mc Glynn
Martin Pearse ( Norfolk) Cpt
Andy Barnes ( Sussex)
Mickey Swain ( Hampshire)
Miles Rawlings ( Yorkshire)
Mark Shimmons ( Sussex)
Peter Crees ( Sussex)
Trevor Knowles ( Worcestershire)
Barry Hart ( Surrey)
Bob Ogden ( Leicestershire)
Jeff Baxter ( Leicestershire)-Wkt
Ian Watson ( Hampshire) –Wkt
Trevor Spindler ( Oxfordshire)
Ray Clarke ( Surrey)
Martin Woodward ( Worcestershire)
Peter Bettelley ( Wales)
Billy Smith ( Lancashire)
Graeme Corke ( Sussex)
Mickey Allen (Northamptonshire)
MANAGER Nigel Ling ( Yorkshire Ridings)
Follow the link below to the article "You're Never Too Old for Cricket" about Seniors Cricket / 40 Club in the latest issue of Cricket Monthly.
You're Never Too Old For Cricket
2nd XI Play Offs
The 2nd XI Play Offs like all other 2nd XI matches are designed for those not selected for the 1st XI.
Players who have played in the 1st XI Play Offs should not be playing in the 2nd XI Play Offs.
Regular members of the 1st XI should not be selected for the 2nd XI unless there are extenuating circumstances and in no circumstances should a player who is a current international representative be selected for any 2nd XI match.
If as a last resort a 1st XI player needs to be selected in a 2nd XI team to make up the 11 then the following rules apply :
Batsmen who normally bat in the top 6 in the 1st XI may not bat above number 7 in the batting order.
Bowlers who have bowled an average of 6 overs in the 1st XI may only bowl 5 overs.
All Rounders must comply with both playing restrictions
In addition any player who has played 2/3rd of their team's 1st XI matches is not allowed to play in the 2nd XI Play Offs.
Worcestershire and Hampshire through to the 70+ Final
Yorkshire, Essex, Wales and Cheshire through to the 2nd XI Semi Finals
2nd XI Play Offs Semi Finals
Yorkshire v Essex
Wales v Cheshire
2nd XI Bowl QF Draw
Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire
Devon v Berkshire
Worcestershire v Somerset
Cambridge / Hunts v Surrey
2nd XI Plate Semi Final Draw
Hampshire v Kent
Hertfordshire v Suffolk
Kent, Essex, Shropshire and Oxfordshire through to the 1st XI Semi Finals
Semi Final Draw
Shropshire v Oxfordshire
Essex v Kent
The Full draws for the 2nd XI Play Offs and 2nd XI Bowl Competition are now on the dedicated
2nd XI Play Offs page
The revised cut off date is Sunday 20th August. Any matches not played by that date will be subject to Competition Rules 5(h) which could result in neither team receiving any points.
The 70+ Play Offs Semi Finals are Thursday 24th August
The latest Committee Minutes from 6th July 2017 are now available on the Committee Minutes page along with the Allocation of Sub Committee Duties and Responsibilities for 2017
1st XI Play Offs - Last 16 Draw
||Durham / Northumberland (12)
60+ 2nd XI Play Offs, Plate and Bowl
The cut off date for completing Group matches has been extended to Friday August 18th.
The Play Offs Quarter Finals will now take place week commencing Sunday 20th August
Full details of all competitions now on the
2nd XI Play Offs page
Proposed England 70+ Tour to Australia Winter 2017 /18
A trial match has been arranged at LUTTERWORTH on 27 August with a back date of 28th August
Further details and players squad on the 70+ Internationals / Tours page
Official Playing Down Rules
To all 2nd XI and 3rd XI captains / managers please be mindful to fully abide by the Playing Down rules as stated in the official 2017 Seevent Competition Rules.
They can be found in Qualification of Players sections 2(h) and 2(i)
One county has been docked 22 points this week for contravening the Playing Down Rules and any future indiscretions will be similarly investigated and penalties applied where deemed appropriate.
If in doubt please check with Len Attard or Derrick Sheldon before the match which most counties do anyway.
Barry Briscoe (Seevent Secretary)
60+ 1st XI Play Offs Dates
Last 16 - Tuesday 8 August (Reserve date either Sunday 13 August or Tuesday 15 August)
Last 8 - Tuesday 22 August (Reserve date Sunday 27 August)
Semi-Finals - Tuesday 29 August (Reserve date Sunday 3 September)
Final - Sunday 10 September (Reserve date Sunday 17 September)
Cut Off Dates for Group Matches
60+ 1st XI - 4th August
60+ 2nd XI - 11th August
70+ - 11th August
The Weekly Results Summaries as accessed from the Main Menu now includes both the 2nd XI and 3rd XI Competitions
70+ Competition 2017
70+ Counties are reminded of the following competition rule applying this coming season.
For the 70+ Competition in 2017,each county will be permitted to include players who are aged 69 and over on the day of the match.
One 68 year old player is permitted to play PROVIDED that the opponents receive 24 hours notice in advance and that the player is NOT a member of the 60+ 1st XI.
New counties may play two 68 year olds until the play off stage.
Clearly any breach of either condition could lead to the deduction of points in accordance with rule 2(g).
Issues with Play Cricket impacting Scorecards and Team Selections
A number of Counties have experienced some issues with Play Cricket the past week with regard to selecting teams and completing scorecards. The Play Cricket Helpdesk have confirmed they did make some changes during the Winter.
When selecting a team using the Team Picker or when entering the Confirmed Team onto Scorecards the only players offered for selection by default are those who are named in the squad for that team.
There are a couple of ways to get round this problem :
(a) The best option by far is to ensure all players are included in the squad(s) for teams they are likely to be selected for. Only a Main Administrator can now add players to team squads by using the Edit Role option for the missing player(s).
(b) Or you can to select N/A from the Squad drop down box which will then show all the League Registered players for the County. For counties with several teams this is rather cumbersome and why the Play Cricket introduced this change.
The “old” option to search for a player is no longer showing though it’s still there for Friendly matches
As a consequence seven scorecards affecting 8 Counties are currently showing a lot of players as Unsure.
So can everyone take urgent action to ensure all the their team squads are updated accordingly and that any incomplete scorecards are subsequently completed.
Competition Rules 2017 Qualification of Players
With the start of the new season this week the following summary of the qualification requirements for players may be of help.
NB It is the responsibility of each County to ensure that all their players qualify in accordance with Para 2a and 2b;
2(a) In the 60’s Championship players must be 60 years or over on the day of the match, except that two players aged 59 on the date of the match may play.
In the 70’s Championship players must be 69 or over on the day of the match, except that one 68 year old may play provided the opposition are given 24 hours notice. (New counties in the competition may play two 68 year olds.)
2(b) Players must be a bona fide playing member of a Cricket Club in the County he is representing, or have been born or be resident in that County.
Managers must hold registration forms completed by each player detailing their date of birth, place of birth, current permanent residence and club playing for.
In addition, all players must be league registered on the National 60+/70+ County Cricket Play-Cricket website. No unregistered players will be permitted to play in any Championship match.
2(f) An individual player who is not qualified to play for a County that participates in the County Championship under rule 2(b) above but would qualify in an immediately adjacent County that does not play in the County Championship may be Specially Registered to play by a participating County.
The Special register will be controlled by the Secretary on behalf of the Committee and details shall be included on the Seevent website.
Note; The Committee Working Party reviewing the Constitution, Competition Rules etc. has specifically looked at Special Player Registrations because of concerns expressed by numerous Counties about how these have been applied in the past. There were no records relating to decisions made and in some cases the Competition Rules have not been properly applied.
Consequently, a new procedure has been introduced for this season which requires every player/county to complete an application form for Special Registration, for both new and existing players.
This will be used to make a decision on all Special Registrations to ensure that the Competition rules are properly and consistently applied.
All Counties who had a player who was Specially Registered last season (there were 7), were advised of this change and the revised requirement with copy application forms 6 weeks ago.
Most have responded but not all.
Where there has been no response the National 60+/70+ league registration will be cancelled.
I would also draw your attention to Para 2(g) regarding penalties for playing ineligible players,i.e. the County will get no points for the game and will forfeit 10 points each time it occurs and the opposition will be awarded 22 points.
Best wishes for an enjoyable and successful season, hopefully played in the true Spirit of Cricket.
The new Constitution for 2017 as agreed at the 2016 AGM held on 30th November 2016 can be read by clicking here
Instruction and Guidance for Umpires
The Seevent Board strongly recommends that all Umpires standing in its competition (at whatever level) be covered by insurance in any event that they be sued for negligence under Health and Safety Laws or other.
This might arise if any player(s) be injured and it can be proven that this transpired because of a wrong decision made relevant to fitness of play, to include ground, light or weather (to include lightning).
Every Umpire officiating in the Seevent Competition must therefore take the time and trouble to read and understand the latest recommendations from the ECB/ACO regarding fitness for play and to comply with the Laws of Cricket.
It is not the responsibility of the Seevent Board to publicize these recommendations.
However when and where possible the Seevent Board will post on its website any changes to the current advices (June 2016).
All current members of the ECBACO are automatically covered by insurance which is included in their annual subscription.
Anybody who is not a member of the ECBACO (to include anyone who has not renewed his/her ECBACO membership) who stands in the Seevent Competition is strongly advised to make their own arrangements regarding this personal and necessary insurance cover.
For further guidance please contact the Seevent Hon. Secretary in the first instance.
Seevent Playing Regulations 1.4
Please note that is no actual cut off time to complete a match and that all matches should be completed if at all possible as per Playing Regulation 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.
Constitution, Rules and Regulations
It is essential that Captains, Organisers and Umpires are always familiar with the latest playing regulations.
Qualification of players:
Rule 2 (b): All players must be registered on the Seevent National 60+/70+ County Cricket Play-Cricket website. No unregistered player will be permitted to play in any Championship match.
for the guidelines on how to register your players for the Seevent Championship.
Rule 2 (h) dictates that a player may not play for their 2nd XI once he/she has played 7 or more games for the 1st XI in the coming season.
This helps define the words ‘regular members of the 1st XI’ in Rule 2 (i).
2(i) is meant to cover using 1st XI players making up the numbers in the 2nd XI, rather than genuine cases of borderline 1st/2ndXI players. Counties will want to use common sense in following this rule and not debar players from having a full game of cricket.
The reference to ‘current international players’ in 2 (i) means those who represented England in the season 2016 or in 2016/17 overseas. If Counties want to play such a player in their 2nd XI for whatever reason, they should contact the Secretary. A list of current internationals will appear
Players who are not eligible for a County or Wales under Rule 2 (b) require special registration. Counties and Wales should ensure that such ineligible players are specially registered with the Secretary before they play in a match. A list of such players will appear
Penalties for playing an ineligible player are set out in Rule 2 (g).
PLAY CRICKET LEAGUE TABLES
Please remind all your scorers and all your officials who enter scorecards that all losing teams should be allocated the appropriate number of batting and bowling bonus points. The winning team receives the standard 22 points for a win only.
Batting Bonus Points : Up to a maximum of 5 are awarded at 125, 150, 175, 200 and 225
Bowling Bonus Points : Up to a maximum of 5 are awarded for every two wickets taken eg at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
Eighth Seventh Seevent DMS National County Over 60/70 Cricket Championship AGM
Minutes of the 2016 AGM held on 30th November 2016 can be read by clicking here
The Constitution for 2017, ratified at the AGM is available via the menu on the left of this page. This document includes the 2017 Rules as Appendix A and 2017 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 Behavior, 2017.