Round-up of veterans’ cricket

SUFFOLK Over-60s suffered an eight-wicket loss to Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Over-60s at Ipswich CC.

Skipper Neil Hames (60) and Dick Bond (84) compiled an opening stand of 89 from 130 balls as Suffolk reached 212 for five in their 45 overs.

Nick Andrews anchored the visitors’ reply, scoring an undefeated 114 from 127 deliveries, adding 106 from 126 balls with Pat Ringham for the second wicket and 87 from 106 balls unbroken for the third with Stuart Unwin.

Suffolk 212 for 5 (D Bond 84, N Hames 60, S Marks 24). Cambs & Hunts 213 for 2 (N Andrews 114no, S Unwin 36no, P Ringham 35). Cambs & Hunts won by 8 wkts.

Norfolk & Suffolk Over-70s defeated their Kent counterparts by six wickets at Dereham.

Kent chose to bat and struggled against the home side’s accurate bowling on a slow wicket. Bob Perrett claimed three wickets and he was well supported by Knight, Murphy, Howe and Gale as Kent struggled to 103 at the end of their 40 overs.

Following the early loss of two wickets it was Mick Smith and Nobby Cobb who laid the foundation for a comfortable victory with newcomer Doug Andrews hitting the winning boundary in the 32nd over.

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Kent Over 70s 103 for 7 (Perrett 3 for 16, Howe 2 for 25). Norfolk & Suffolk-Over 70s 104 for 4 (Smith 36, Cobb 28no). Norfolk & Suffolk won by 6 wkts.

The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Over-50s were no match for a youthful-looking Long Melford side who won quite convincingly by six wickets in their own Cricket Week.

The Two Counties struggled to get to 156 for nine declared. But for a rearguard action from Bob Richards, Chris Hills and Martin Blackwell things could have been a lot worse.

The Melford bowling honours were shared about, but Ivan Whitehart stood out with a 15-over spell that only conceded 20 runs and yielded two top-order wickets.

Long Melford’s Ray Black and Nick Bigg then put together an opening stand of 97 to ensure a comfortable Long Melford victory.

Two Counties 156 for 9 (B Richards 43no, C Hills 23, M Blackwell 20, M Maxim 2 for 7, I Whitehart 2 for 20). Long Melford 157 for 4 (N Bigg 62, R Black 52, T Oram 3 for 44). Long Melford won by 6 wkts.

The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Over-60s face their MSC Suffolk Alliance League counterparts at Bentries Meadow, home of Easton CC, on Thursday, start 2pm.

Two Counties: S Isaac (Braintree, capt), B Richards (Frinton, wkt), A Cooke (Copdock & OI), B Ball (Abberton), M Southwell (Maldon), R Kemp (Long Melford), A Mills (Mistley), K Patel (Braintree), P Cox (Long Melford), J Stuck (Clacton), B Turley (Brightlingsea), R Powell (Long Melford). Ump: R Digweed; scr: M Mildenhall.

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