SUSSEX SENIORS: England set for Ashes battle07-Aug-2013
England may have retained the Ashes but another set of cricketers will be aiming to repeat the feat this summer when the England over-70’s side do battle with Australia, and whilst one of the Test Matches is taking place in Sussex, the County now has its very own England skipper.
Hugh Milner (pictured) has been appointed as both captain and manager of the England Team for the first series for the over-70’s in England following the success of the ten match series (2009 to 2012) between the England and Australian over-60 teams.
He said “It is a great honour to have been selected as the Captain of the England over-70’s side and we hope to emulate the full England side and be No 1 in the World for 70+ cricket.
“We have a great all-round squad and are looking forward to wearing the England shirt and cap”.
The three Test Matches will take place at the following venues as follows:
Thursday 15th August at Hursley Park Cricket Club, Winchester
Sunday 18th August at Three Bridges Cricket Club, Crawley
Thursday 22nd August at Sunbury on Thames Cricket Club
The start time for each of the Test Matches will be 12.00pm. All players will be aged 70 or over and the games will be 50 overs per side with tea between the innings.
The three match series has been supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board with Chief Executive David Collier saying “This summer will be a wonderful celebration of cricket with the New Zealand and Ashes tours in addition to the Champions Trophy. The ECB are happy to help establish the 70+ series versus Australia – good luck and bring back those Ashes.”
Additional and significant sponsorship has been confirmed by Seevent Plastics of Lancing whose Managing Director, Ken Fisher, a Sussex Seniors’ cricketer, has agreed to sponsor the shirts and caps for the England side and to provide trophies for the series and star players’ of the three matches. Kreeda International is sponsoring the balls.
The teams for the first two matches will be selected from a 26 player squad which has been compiled by the Selection Committee using the averages of the 2012 season as a basis. The team for the final Test Match will also take into account performances in the 2013 season. The squad has been drawn from the Spitfire 70+ Championship counties of Berkshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex and Worcestershire.
Further details on the Spitfire Championship over-60’s cricket visit the website - http://www.60cc.co.uk/