Busy time for veterans

SUFFOLK seniors have three matches this week, with the Over-60s playing today, the Over-50s tomorrow and the Over-60s 2nds on Thursday.

John Nicholl of Bury St Edmunds has been called up for the Over-50s, who play Norfolk at Mildenhall (1.30pm start) in their second 50+ County Championship match of the season.

Suffolk Over-50s: Tony Stubbs (capt), Peter Boughton, Nick Crame, Kevin Dobson, Nigel Dennis, Guy Robins, Ian Booth, Keith Howlett, John Nicholl, Andrew Gallant and Steve Bulger.

Suffolk Over-60s go to Frinton to take on Essex, against with a 1.30pm start.

Suffolk Over-60s: Peter Webb, Rick Jones, Ray Black, Peter Boughton, Neil Hames, Bruce Tompkins, Brian Cole, Mark Sargeant, Bob Perrett, Dick Bond and Derrick Messent.

Suffolk Over-60s 2nds will play against Hertfordshire at Hadleigh, with a 1.30pm start.

Suffolk Over-60 2nds travelled to Surrey and lost a high-scoring match by just five runs.

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Surrey’s total of 253 was helped by some indifferent Suffolk fielding though the bowlers, led by Roger Ingham, worked very hard. Suffolk’s reply was led by Graham Penny, who was in sparkling form with 87, to put his side ahead of the clock with support from Doug Andrews (58).

But the other batsmen could not quite keep up the pace and despite the late efforts of Derrick Messent and Derek Cook the reply fell just short of their target.

Surrey II 253 for 8 (R Ingham 4 for 56). Suffolk II 248 for 6 (G Penny 87, D Andrews 58, Stevens 34, D Messent 24no). Surrey II won by 5 runs.

Meanwhile, The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Over-50s recorded their first ever win at Old Buckenham away to their Norfolk Over-50s counterparts last Wednesday.

The home side posted 232 for eight, with Martin Southwell and Pat Patel both claiming two wickets. In reply Jon Robinson (76) and John Stuck (73) gave them a good start and Steve Isaac saw them home with 39 not out to secure a five-wicket win with three overs to spare.

Norfolk Over-50s 232 for 8 (M English 85, E Webber 63, T Beedon 41, M Southwell 2 for 47, P Patel 2 for 61). Two Counties Over-50s 235 for 5 (J Robinson 76, J Stuck 73, S Isaac 39no). Two Counties won by 5 wkts.

Billericay Veterans hung on for a draw against the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Over-60s side at Billericay CC last Thursday.

The visitors recovered from 28 for five thanks to a sixth-wicket stand of 95 between Ricky Ratford, who struck 98 in the corresponding fixture last season, and John Stuck. Martin Southwell, who usually plays for the Two Counties, took four wickets and scored an undefeated half-century for Billericay Veterans.

Two Counties Over-60s 182 (R Ratford 92, J Stuck 20, M Southwell 4 for 54, D Randall 3 for 41, P Brown 2 for 31). Billericay Veterans 132 for 8 (M Southwell 53no, G Willey 32, J Stonehouse 3 for 20, B Turley 2 for 28, J Mulley 2 for 40). Match drawn.

There’s a double date at Halstead’s Star Stile ground for the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Veterans’ sides on Thursday.

The Over-50s are in action against the Essex Police Veterans and the Over-60s face Surrey side M Couches XI, both starting at 2pm.

Over-50s: P Patel (capt), I Johnson (both Frinton), J Wiseman (Wivenhoe), S Bulger, M Southwell (both Maldon), S Marks (Melton St Audrys), M Paget (wkt), J Gallant (both Abberton), E Dunkley, A Mills, S Butcher (all Mistley), S Carpenter (Long Melford). Umps: R Digweed & H Newman, scr: R Podd.

Over-60s: J Stuck (capt), C Simmons (both Clacton), R Kemp, R Black (both Long Melford), A Elsbury (Halstead), M McLeod (Maldon), K Patel, S Isaac (Braintree), R Ratford, G Howell (wkt), A Cooke (all Ipswich), M Hillis (DBSL). Umps: P Smith & H Bishop, scr W Black.

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