Scotland 40 Club v England 60s - The First of Many?
On Monday June 9th a Scotland side drawn from the Forty Club and representing players from their 50s, 60s and 70s travelled to Stockton on Tees to take on the England Over 60s.
The match at Norton Cricket Club started in bright weather as England batted first. However in the 20th over the rain started and both teams scurried for the pavilion. It was very reminiscent of the ODI match at Aberdeen earlier in the season with both teams frustrated but eager to play.
As the rain lightened to a drizzle both umpires and the two captains decided to give it a go and unfortunately Scotland had to bowl and field with a wet ball for the remainder of the England innings.
At the half way stage England were 72-2, but the wet ball hindered Scotland more than England and their innings closed on 174-4. England’s top scorer was Ray Swan, dad of former England spinner Graeme who scored a fine 79. Bob Angus, Richard Young and Sandy Baird took the wickets and despite the rain the Senior Scotland team fielded admirably.
The sun shone for the Scotland innings and despite runs from Dinesh Bailwal (32) and Colin Neill (22no) the England spinners stifled the rest of the Scottish batting. The top six all got starts but unfortunately there was no Michael Leask for Scotland and they fell 31 runs short.
Both teams were well looked after by Norton Cricket Club and the Scotland team would like to thank Ian Ramage and Bobby Kettlewell who travelled with the team to umpire and score. After the match England Spitfires Chairman Martin Pearse thanked the Scottish team for travelling and hoped that this first encounter would be the first of many.