Phil Caley’s presence to boost Suffolk Over-50s

Former Suffolk captain Phil Caley, who has made himself available to play for the county's over-50s

Former Suffolk captain Phil Caley, who has made himself available to play for the county's over-50s side this season - Credit: Archant

SUFFOLK Over-50s are set to be boosted by the presence of Phil Caley in their ranks this season.

Former Suffolk all-rounder Caley, who celebrated his 50th birthday last October, has confirmed he will make himself available for selection this season.

Despite being one of the smaller counties in the competition, Suffolk have reached the national quarter-finals in each of the last two seasons.

Caley said: “At the moment it looks as though my availability is going to be pretty good.

“I am hoping to go to at least one of the pre-season net sessions and hopefully prove that I can do a job for them this season, if selected.”

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Tony Stubbs, who will again skipper the Over-50s in the coming season, said: “It will be fantastic to have a player of Phil’s quality and ability available to us. It will be a pleasure to be on the same side as him, after playing against him for many years for Frinton against the Old Ipswichians!”

“We can take heart from reaching the quarter-finals in the past two years, and hopefully we can progress further this year.”

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Rick Jones remains manager and Stubbs’ vice-captain will be Kevin Dobson.

As well as Caley, Brockley’s Dean Sykes and Graham Underwood, formerly with Stowmarket and now Copdock & Old Ipswichians, both qualify for the Over-50s this season.

Dick Bond will skipper the Over-60s 1st XI with Clive Witherly as his vice-captain. The 2nd XI captain is Graham Penny, who will have Ray Black as his vice-captain.

Chris Watson was appointed as Over-60s manager for this season at the Suffolk Seniors AGM.

Anyone who is interested in playing is invited to get in touch by calling 01728 628782 or via email:


All matches are league fixtures and start at 1.30pm unless stated:

Suffolk Over-50s

May 1: v Two Counties, at Mistley CC, friendly, 2.30pm

May 15: v Leicestershire, away, Syston Town CC

May 22: v Huntingdonshire, home, Ipswich CC

May 29: v Northamptonshire, at Rushden CC

June 12: v Norfolk, home, Mildenhall CC

June 19: v Lincolnshire, away, tbc

July 3: v Cambridgeshire, home, Sudbury CC

July 10: v Bedfordshire, away, Luton CC

Suffolk Over-60s

April 24: 1st/2nd XI v Essex, at Frinton CC, friendly

April 30: 1st XI v Norfolk, at Woolpit CC

May 7: 1st XI v Leicestershire, at Leicester Banks CC

May 8: 1st/2nd XI v Two Counties, at Ipswich CC, friendly

May 14: 1st XI v Lincolnshire, at Mildenhall CC

May 16: 2nd XI v Hertfordshire, away, tbc

May 21: 1st XI v Bedfordshire, away, tbc

May 23: 2nd XI v Norfolk, at Easton CC

May 28: 1st XI v Hunts/Cambridgeshire, at Felixstowe CC

May 30: 2nd XI v Yorkshire, away, tbc

June 3: 1st/2nd XI v Worcestershire, at Ipswich CC, friendly

June 4: 1st XI v Norfolk, away, tbc.

June 11: 1st XI v Leicestershire, at Hadleigh CC

June 13: 2nd XI v Hertfordshire, at Ipswich CC

June 18: 1st XI v Lincolnshire, away, tbc

June 20: 2nd XI, Norfolk, away, tbc

June 25: 1st XI v Bedfordshire, at Copdock CC

June 27: 2nd XI v Yorkshire, at Worlington CC

July 2: 1st XI v Hunts/Cambridgeshire, away, tbc

August 21: 1st/2nd XI v Two Counties, at Ipswich CC, 12.30pm

September 5: 1st/2nd XI v Medite Alliance, at Easton CC, 1pm

Norfolk & Suffolk Over-70s

May 2: Suffolk v Norfolk, at Worlingworth CC, friendly

May 22: v Two Counties, at Mistley CC, friendly

June 3: v Worcestershire 60/70s, at Ipswich CC, friendly

June 11: v Hertfordshire, at Preston CC

June 25: v Surrey, at Nutfield CC

July 9: v Kent, at Dereham CC

July 16: v Worcestershire, away, tbc

July 23: v Hampshire, at Stowmarket CC

July 30: v Sussex, at Ipswich CC

August 6: v Kent, away, tbc

August 13: v Hampshire, at Royal Ascot CC

August 16: v Australian Tourists, at Old Buckenham CC

August 20: v Surrey, at Dereham CC, 1pm

August 28: v Worcestershire, at Mundford CC, 1pm

September 3: v Sussex, at Hove, 12.30pm

September 10: v Hertfordshire, at Worlingworth CC, 12.30pm

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