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SENIORS: Sussex Over 70’s win County Championship

27-Sep-2012


For the fourth consecutive year, the Sussex Over 70’s clinched the County Championship, beating Hertfordshire by 10 wickets in their final game last week.

The result meant they had won 11 out of 12 games and finished just one point ahead of Worcestershire.

With many fixtures being postponed due to the weather in May and June, rearrangements resulted in the 70’s having to play five games in the first fortnight of September.

However, under the captaincy of Derek Semmence, they once again proved they were more than up to the task. Incidentally, Derek, former Sussex CCC player, remains the youngest ever Sussex player to score a first class century, aged 18.

Head of Cricket Development for the Sussex Cricket Board Tim Shutt said, “This is a fantastic achievement for Captain Derek Semmence and his team.

“Sussex Seniors cricket in general is absolutely thriving and, in addition to the Over 70’s, incorporates three Over 50’s teams and three Over 60’s teams.

“Much credit here must go to Hugh Milner. As a volunteer, Hugh has worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to develop Seniors cricket to the level it is at now.

“This year more than any year has seen an extraordinary level of commitment from Hugh to rearrange the numerous fixtures that were lost to the weather.”

Notable performances:

Batting

Brian Scollay 399 runs at 49.88 in 11 innings (includes 4 x 50s and a run rate of 84.74);
Top individual score - Barry Peay 91* vs Worcestershire.

Bowling

Hugh Milner 14 wickets at 18.21 in 108 overs - economy rate 2.36;   Best returns - Ted Elsey 4 for 24 vs Norfolk/Suffolk;

Fielding

Wicket-keeper - Robbie Barker 8 catches and 4 stumpings.   Outfielder - Hugh Milner and Andy Shanks each with 3 catches.

Pictured above - back row - Barry Peay; Brian Scollay (Vice Captain); Bill Fletcher (Umpire); Derek Barnard; Andy Shanks; Hugh Milner; Chris Bidwell; Brian Booth; Lloyd Stickells (12th man)

front row - Robbie Barker; Derek Semmence (Captain); John Anderson; Mick Pegram.   Missing from photo - Ted Elsey; Udho Maharaj and scorers Geoff Hillier and Colin Tennant.


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