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20/02/2024

England beat Canada by 59 Runs.

Full scorecard Via This Link 

Match report England v Canada – Men’s Over 60 Cricket World Cup – Group A

PEBL City Cricket Ground, Chennai – Tuesday 20th February 2024 Report by Rash Mahmood

England continued their Group A World Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory by 60 runs against a very spirited and much improved Canada team. The previous meeting between the two teams took place in August last year, when the sides met in Canada, playing in the Canada Cup. England on that occasion, bowled Canada out for 78, reaching their target for the loss of one wicket. Things would turn out to go much differently this time around.
Both teams came into the game having won their opening games, Canada beating the USA by one wicket, and England beating New Zealand by 116 runs. Playing back-to-back games was always going to be tough, and both teams made several changes from the teams that played the day before.
Canada won the toss and put England in, on what looked a good wicket. The conditions at start of play were sunny, with little or no breeze, with the temperature approaching 30 degrees with humidity over 65%, and the temperature set to rise into the mid 30 degrees.
Richard Merriman & Tony Birbeck opened the innings for England, and the pair made a steady start, with both Merriman & Birbeck playing some lovely shots through the offside, although the Canadian opening bowlers of Terrance Holder & Stanley Paul got a little movement in the air and tried to bowl a full length. It was in the third over that Canada made a breakthrough. Birbeck hit back-to-back boundaries, before Holder trapped him LBW for 13, bringing Montie Douglas to the wicket.

Little did the England players or spectators at the ground know what was about to transpire. Douglas wasted no time playing his shots, dealing almost exclusively in boundaries, pummelling the Canadian bowlers to all parts of the PEBL City Stadium. Merriman, a quick scorer himself seemed content to give his partner as much of the strike as possible, and Douglas carried on his merry way, reaching his 50 off 44 balls in the 16th over, as England reached 98-1, with a run rate just above six runs per over.
Douglas continued to smash the ball to the boundary at every opportunity, and the pair scored freely, with the skipper Merriman reaching his 50 in the 25th over with a beautiful sweep shot to the mid-wicket boundary, his 50 coming off 61 balls. The score at this point was 156-1, and a score of over 300 was on the cards.

However, in the 27th over, Sanjiv Choksi gave the Canadians some welcome relief, getting Merriman out LBW, breaking the Douglas/Merriman partnership that had yielded 164 and two balls later clean bowling Ed Gordon Lennox for a duck, leaving England on 194-3.
John Butterworth then joined Douglas at the crease, and the runs continued, with Douglas reaching his century in the 34th over, off 99 balls. His innings came to and end in the 36th over when he was stumped coming down the pitch, to give Choksi another wicket. Douglas slowly made his way off the field to a standing ovation from all present, and he looked physically drained, but can be very proud of playing such a wonderfully entertaining innings.
One wicket brings two so the saying goes, and Butterworth departed in the next over, holing out to long on for 19. Nick Newman joined Jim Phillips out in the middle, and both players looked to score quickly. Newman was caught behind for 19 in the 41st over, bringing the big hitting Graham Shaw to the crease, and together with Phillips, who was out for 28 in the final over, England posted a very impressive total of 319-7.

The Canadian innings began with a required run rate of 7.1, with the skipper Garvin Budhoo & Raj Sankar opening the innings. England opened with the bowling attack of Jason Caunt & Kevin Watson, and Canada made a bright start to their innings, with Budhoo in particular taking a leaf out of the Douglas play book, by dealing almost exclusively in boundaries, and Canada although not meeting the required run rate, were going along at over five an over, when Watson had Sankar trapped LBW in the fifth over, leaving Canada at 33-1. Ranjit Chaudhri joined his skipper out in the middle and was clearly intent on playing the supporting role for his side, and let his skipper continue on his merry way, which is what happened. Budhoo continued to play some brutal shots and England, now fielding in the afternoon heat seemed to lose their way a little, with some lax fielding and indifferent bowling, something that had not been seen thus far in the previous three games played in India.

Fatigue, tiredness, and concentration lapses are to be expected when players are playing back-to-back games in this heat and with this humidity, but Canada sensed that the momentum was clearly with them. At the halfway stage, Canada had reached 131-1 with Budhoo on 80 and Chaudhri on 33, leaving themselves requiring a further 189 runs to win at a rate of 8.4 runs per over.
In the 25th over, the skipper called the hero of yesterday into action, Marcus Young, and together with Phillips bowling from the other end, England slowly began to wrestle back the initiative from Canada, although the dangerous Budhoo was still at the crease, he was clearly struggling, and England got the breakthrough they needed in the 27th over, with Young bowling Choudhri for 40.

Budhoo reached his century in the next over off 88 balls faced, and it wasn’t until the 30th over that the innings really swung into England’s favour, and it was that man Young again at the heart of it, producing an unbelievable bit of fielding, taking a one-handed catch off his own bowling to dismiss Choksi. It was fielding of the highest order, as he was initially going the other way in his follow through before stopping and sticking out his right hand to take a simply stunning catch. Canada were now on 177-3 and the run rate was increasing, something that the skipper Budhoo was all too aware of, as he continued trying to smash the ball to all parts of the ground.

If those present thought that the catch by Young was something special, then they were about to witness something equally, if not more spectacular. Young bowled to the powerful figure of Holder, and the left hander connected beautifully with a stray delivery to send the ball flying towards the deep square leg boundary, in the direction of Caunt who appeared to have got sight of the ball coming towards him, but then signalled that he had lost the ball in flight. As all present looked on and from afar, the ball was hurtling towards Caunt, who was still oblivious to the fact that the ball appeared to be on a trajectory to land on his head!!!! Amazingly, at what seemed to be the last second, Caunt half turned and managed to catch the ball as it passed his waist. It was a catch that defies an accurate description or category, but was caught on camera, so others can judge what to call it.

Canada, now at 192-4 in the 32nd over were now up against it, run rate wise, but with the dangerous Budhoo still at the crease, there was still hope for Canada. This hope was extinguished in the 35th over, when John Butterworth had Budhoo stumped by Steve Aston for an excellent 127 off 111 balls.
Ishwar Nandlall came to the crease and hit some lusty blows, but it was that man again, Young, getting him to hole out to deep mid-wicket where Mel Hussain took a fine running catch to leave Canada on 230/6 in the 38th over, and giving Young his fourth wicket of the innings.
GordonLennox, who missed out with the bat, again demonstrated his excellent fielding skills, by running out Mohammed Rameez in the 41st over, with a direct hit from the cover area to leave Canada at 250/7.
Shaw came on to replace Young and promptly had Wilson Seenath Singh LBW, before Butterworth claimed another wicket, to have Canada finish on 260/9, giving England the victory by 60 runs.

Whilst on paper this looks a comfortable victory for England, it was a lot harder than the scores indicate. England will have been delighted with the batting side of their innings, and in particular, the century by Douglas, but it was the bowling and fielding that England will need to look at when they next play on Thursday against Zimbabwe.
Whether it was fatigue or a lack of mental clarity, there were times in the Canada innings were some of the bowling and decision making by the players could certainly be questioned. Against stronger sides than Canada, who although defeated must take a great deal of heart from such a tremendous run chase, England may well be punished.

However, this is tournament cricket, and there are going to be a lot of ups and downs. At the moment, England sit at the top of Group A, with two wins out of two, and at the end of the day, winning is all that matters.
England’s next opponents on Thursday 22nd February are Zimbabwe, who beat South Africa in their opening game, but lost to New Zealand by seven wickets in their next game.

The stars of the show for England were -:


Batters

R

B

4s

6s

Montie Douglas

114

106

19

2

Richard Merriman

78

72

13

1


Bowlers

O

M

R

W

Marcus Young

9.0

0

49

4

 

 

 

19/02/2024

England beat New Zealand by 116 Runs

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Match report England v New Zealand – Men’s Over 60 Cricket World Cup – Group ‘A’

Waheguru Cricket Ground, Chennai – Monday 19th February 2024
Report by Rash Mahmood & John Butterworth

England opened their World Cup campaign with a crushing 116 run victory over one of the tournaments fancied teams, New Zealand, in the first round of matches in Group A.
An early start, with a coach pick up from the team hotel at 7:00am and a transit to the ground taking about 90 minutes proved no hindrance to a sparkling England team performance.

The pitch looked a good one, and skipper Richard Merriman had no hesitation when winning the toss to bat first. The temperature at the start of the game was in the high 20’s, with it expected to get into the low 30’s during the course of the England innings.
New Zealand, beaten finalists two years ago when beaten by Pakistan, had seven players from that squad in this squad this time around, and from speaking with Steve Cunningham, the Kiwi Team Manager, confidence was high, although Cunningham acknowledged that this game would probably be his side’s sternest test in the group stage.

Richard Merriman and Nick Gaywood opened the batting, with the pair playing within themselves, getting used to the pitch and conditions, and not offering any chances to the Kiwis. However, in the third over, Tony Gray got a ball to stick slightly in the pitch and skipper Merriman on six, seemed to be through his shot early, and scooped the ball to Gibb at cover for an easy catch, leaving England 15-1.
Mel Hussain joined Gaywood at the crease and the pair drove England forward, with Gaywood in particular playing some delightful shots all around the ground.

England were pushing on when Gaywood, who had played beautifully attempted a reverse sweep off the dangerous Andrew Nuttall, missing the ball and being plumb in front of the stumps, giving the umpire a very easy LBW decision. It was a blow for England and especially Gaywood, but it was a very classy innings, with a range of delightfully timed shots, and the England Management Team will be happy Gaywood appeared to have no lingering effects from an Achilles injury he had been suffering with, scoring 47 off 41 balls.
72-2 at the time of Gaywood’s departure brought Steve Aston out to the middle to join Hussain, who was stumped on 28 by Mark McMillan off the bowling of Martin Pennefather to leave England at 98-3, which soon became 100-4 when Ed Gordon Lennox got a full toss from Pennefather and with the whole ground at his mercy, hit it straight back to the bowler.

Graham Shaw was the next man in, and it is here that the England innings really took off. Steve Aston had been playing well within himself, but with Shaw on the attack, savaging anything short or wide, he too joined in, and the ball disappeared to the boundary ropes at frequent intervals. Aston played superbly, dispatching anything wide of the stumps, to the boundary. Not to be outdone, Shaw began bludgeoning the New Zealand bowling to all parts of the ground, and the Kiwis were visibly wilting under not only the batting assault, but also toiling in the field as the temperature rose.
Shaw & Aston put on a magnificent 134 together, when Aston departed, caught off the bowling of Mike Johnston for 73, off 82 balls with 12 fours. Shaw followed shortly after, another stumping victim for McMillen off the bowling of Pennyfather for 71, scored off 48 balls, with seven fours and three sixes, to leave England at 249-6, with six overs to go.
An excellent cameo by the Lancashire duo Phil Deakin & Chris Dearden took England past the 280 mark, with Deakin departing in the final over for 24 to leave England posting a formidable 291-7 off their 45 overs.

It was a very balanced innings by the England batters. New Zealand were sensing restricting England to a score under 200 having them at 100-4, but a strong middle order batting display will have delighted the England Management Team. The New Zealand players looked thoroughly shattered as they left the pitch at the end of the innings. Although Pennefather took 4-60 runs, special mention must be given to the bowling of Andrew Nuttall, whose figures of 9-1-1-33, doesn’t give him the recognition his bowling deserved, as he beat the outside edge of the bat on numerous occasions, and was very unlucky to end up with just the one wicket. A special mention also must go to Craig Morris, who for the entire game, patrolled the boundary and produced some amazing stops, saving probably 25 to 30 runs.
After a 45-minute break for lunch, New Zealand came out to bat needing 292 runs to win, at a run rate of 6.48 runs per over, and with the outfield lightning fast, they will have fancied their chances with the batting talent in their team.

Craig Gibb & Chris Kennedy opened the batting for New Zealand, with Mike Palmer opening the bowling from the Pavilion End, and England got the perfect start, with Gibb smashing the last ball of the over to cover and setting off for what looked to be a well-timed run, however Gordon Lennox, stationed at cover, had other ideas, and having done brilliantly well in the first place to dive to his left to partially stop the ball, had the presence of mind to scoop the ball up, swivel on one knee and throw the ball to the bowler’s end, hitting the stumps directly with Gibb out of his ground. A dream start for England, but disaster for New Zealand.
This brought the Kiwi skipper Graeme Inglis to the crease, and he along with Kennedy began the task of rebuilding the New Zealand innings. With the score on 22 in the middle of the fifth over, Caunt, who had been bowling well from the Factory End, got Kennedy to mistime a drive, and took a smart return catch.

Phil Deakin replaced Palmer at the pavilion end, and bowled very well, and with Caunt continuing at the Factory End, New Zealand were finding it difficult to get the England bowlers away. Jim Phillips took over from Caunt and in the 13th over England got another wicket, with another fantastic piece of fielding, with the skipper Merriman running out Russell Drake with a direct hit from the cover area, to leave New Zealand at 44-3 and in real trouble, needing another 248 runs to win from 31 overs, with a run rate required of eight runs per over.
Craig Morris joined his skipper out in the middle, and his busy, bustling batting, together with the Kiwi skipper Inglis starting to find his touch, got the New Zealand innings back on track, although the England bowling and particularly the fielding was still of a very high standard, keeping the score down, to leave New Zealand at 100-3 at the halfway stage of the innings. Three wickets soon became four, when Phillips had Morris trapped LBW for 28, to leave New Zealand 103-4.

Greg Alexander made his way to the middle and started to time the ball very well, and with the skipper Inglis reaching his 50 off 70 deliveries, New Zealand began the process of getting their innings back on track. Alexander, sensing some tiredness amongst the England fielders went on the attack, smashing three consecutive boundaries off the bowling of Marcus Young in the 28th over. Young was clearly annoyed at this, but got a delivery to grip, turn and bounce which would have given him some confidence as the drink break approached. At drinks, at the 30 over mark, New Zealand had reached 134-4, still needing a further 158 runs to win in 15 overs, and although having six wickets in hand, the required run rate had risen to 10.5 runs per over.

Young started the first over after the drinks break, and having seen the ball grip, turn and bounce in his previous over, bowled an absolute gem of a delivery to Alexander, who had come down the pitch, the ball spinning sharply past the outside edge of the bat, into the gloves of wicket-keeper Aston, who swiftly whipped off the bails with Alexander well out of his ground, leaving New Zealand 134-5, and in real trouble. A disastrous start after the drinks break from the Kiwis, but just what England needed to further press home their advantage.
Five became six in the 33rd over, when Young, bowling with great confidence and expertise, had Pennefather stumped, to leave New Zealand on 150-6, and Young continued his devasting spell following the drinks break with the prized wicket of the New Zealand skipper Inglis for 60, who was also stumped, giving Young his third wicket, and Aston his third stumping, to leave New Zealand on 159-7 after 35 overs.

There were further wickets for Deakin and Dearden to inflict further misery on the opponents as they reached the total of 170-9 after 38 overs. The remaining seven overs were played out with very little of note, and at the close of the innings, England had restricted New Zealand to 179-9, giving England a victory by 116 runs.

This was a very good performance by the England team in all three phases of the game, following on from the performances in the warmup games. New Zealand were on paper, the strongest opposition in Group A, but England batted particularly well, putting the New Zealand bowling under pressure and running very well between the wickets. When in the field, the strong ground fielding England had shown in the warmup games came to the fore, but the match really turned after the 30 over drink break, with Young ripping through the New Zealand batting.

England will no doubt be the happier of the two teams and will be pleased to have played so well against strong opposition, which bodes well for the remaining fixtures in the tournament. As for New Zealand, well they are too good a team to stay down for long, and will no doubt come good, but today, they were out played, outsmarted and out thought by a very good England team performance.

 

The stars of the show for England were -:


Batters

R

B

4s

6s

Steve Aston

73

83

12

0

Graham Shaw

71

47

7

3


Bowlers

O

M

R

W

Marcus Young

9.0

1

47

3

 

Over 60s World Cup 2024 – England Squad

History
This is the second Over 60s World Cup and the first England will be competing in.

England head into this tournament on the back of a very successful 2023 that saw them win the Caribbean Cup, the Grey Ashes and share the Canada Cup with Australia.

England Squad
Steve Aston (Staffordshire), Tony Birbeck (Durham), John Butterworth (Kent), Jason Caunt (Derbyshire), Phil Deakin (Lancashire), Chris Dearden (Lancashire), Montie Douglas (Lincolnshire), Nick Gaywood (Yorkshire), Edward Gordon Lennox (Vice-Captain, Gloucestershire), Mel Hussain (Essex), Richard Merriman (Captain, Derbyshire), Nick Newman (Leicestershire), Michael Palmer (Warwickshire), Jim Phillips (Kent), Simon Routh (Kent), Graham Shaw (Durham), Kevin Watson (Yorkshire), Marcus Young (Essex)

Paul Bradley (Team Manager), Allen Murray (Scorer), Madhan Kumar Ramanathan (Physio), Paolo Iorio (Osteopath), Chris Johnson (International Masters Cricket Umpire Panel), Ian Gorton (Umpire), Keith Boyall (Umpire), Rash Mahmood (Commentator), Mel Mahmood

Reserves: Neil Brathwaite (Essex), Tony Rhodes (Hertfordshire), Lee Selfe (Bedfordshire)

Tournament Information
The tournament is being hosted by India in the city of Chennai.

Monday 19th February – Saturday 2nd March (Knockout stages from Friday 1st March)

Group A: England, New Zealand, Canada, USA, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rest of the World

Group B: Pakistan, Australia, Wales, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh

Top two from each group qualify for the semi-finals.

England’s Schedule
Friendly: Madras Cricket Club, Wednesday 14th February
Warmup ODI: India, Friday 16th February
Game One: New Zealand, Monday 19th February
Game Two: Zimbabwe, Tuesday 20th February
Game Three: South Africa, Thursday 22nd February
Game Four: Rest of the World, Friday 23rd February
Game Five: Canada, Monday 27th February
Game Six: USA, Thursday 29th February
Finals: March 1st – March 2nd

The schedule is liable to change.

The friendly against Madras Cricket Club will be taking place at Chepauk Stadium, home of the Chennai Super Kings and Tamil Nadu.

The meeting with India will be the first official ODI between the two sides at Over 60s level.

Extra Information
We are very thankful to all of our sponsors that have made this journey and trip possible, especially our main sponsor Stonehill, who provide all the players and staff with the kit and equipment they require.

In the past year, the team have received extensive media coverage from national and regional outlets on the back of the on field success. Appearances include Sky Sports, talkSPORT, The Times, The Guardian, regional ITV news and regional newspapers.

England Over 60s Twitter https://twitter.com/englandover60s

England Over 60s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/england_cricket_seniors/

England Over 60s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100090421426089

England Over 60s Play Cricket https://englandseniors.play-cricket.com/home

The games will be streamed live on YouTube but details are yet to be finalised.

For further details contact :
Paul Bradley (07787 226216/ [email protected]),
Richard Merriman (07801 233570/ [email protected])
or Harrison Burridge (07518 132594/ [email protected]).

Squad for the World Cup

 

 


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