Kent Senior Cricket is eager to recruit more players for its Squads.
Whilst this is serious cricket, it is also very enjoyable when playing in your own age groups. The majority of games are played midweek on prestigious grounds with excellent facilities with qualified umpires and scorers:
- Over 50s 1st XI play in the ECB 50+ County Championship consisting of 40 Counties and the ‘A’ XI play in the Home Counties Seniors Championship comprising 11 Counties.
- Over 60s 1st/2nd/3rd XI teams play in the National Over 60s Seevent County Championship comprising of 30 Counties.
- Over 70s play in the National Over 70s Seevent County Championship comprising 11 Counties.
2017 Season Report
We are playing more and more fixtures each year with nearly 80 matches last year with more to come in 2018, so recruitment and availability are paramount. We fielded eleven players on every occasion and were never without an umpire or scorer. We also play on some splendid grounds home and away with excellent surfaces on which to play and miss - nothing changes with old age! We hope to have a fixture on The Spitfire Ground in Canterbury or The County Ground in Beckenham this coming season.
Many thanks to all the clubs who allow us to use their grounds. If you’re club would like a little extra mid-week revenue give me a call.
This coming season we have all our five teams playing Championship League cricket under the guidance of our hardworking skippers - Derek Towe, Dave Piper, Tom Carmichael, Ray Stringer and Derek Birmingham for the 70+ side. We hope to occasionally field a 70+ Second XI in a few friendlies as our 70+ group seem to be in fine health. Having said that we did have one of our players, David Rees, actually die on the ground at The Mote but was brought back to life by two playing members and a defibrillator which was at the ground. So excellent news as David played a couple of matches at the end of the season and is organising our tour to Malta in March. So if you want to sponsor a defibrillator we’d be delighted!
We have a highly professional panel of Umpires and Scorers and genuine thanks go to them all. Sadly this year we lost Geoff Burton and there is a tribute to Geoff elsewhere in the KCL Handbook.
All our skippers are competitive and select on merit and we only pay when we play. We are self-financing but again owe a great debt to both Shepherd Neame and Kent Cricket for their generous support and for their continued interest in cricket at grass roots level.
Our results were not quite as good as 2016 but nevertheless we had team and individual success.
The First XI lost to Essex in the semi-final in a rain affected match, batting first in a rain affected match always favours the side batting second. The Second XI made the knockout stage but lost in the quarter final. The Third XI won their Division for the third consecutive year and have gone unbeaten for 36 matches. The Fourth XI won seven, lost five and had seven other matches either abandoned or cancelled. The 70+ XI finished third their highest position since the Division was formed.
Statistically a few highs - all the figures are National figures and not just for a Division:
All this and more can be found on the following Websites:
www.60cc.co.uk (Fixtures, Results and League Tables)
www.hc60.play-cricket.com (Scoresheets and Statistics)
www.kentover50.play-cricket.com (Kent 50+, 60+ and 70+ Results)
Again our splendid end of season Dinner at Bearsted Golf Club was arranged by Christina and Mickey Back and this year we had a professional after-dinner speaker. No awards, no player of the year, no man of the match, no best diving catch just an evening of reminiscing with a lot of new found friends. The camaraderie has gone so well players and their wives are going on holiday together!
New players are always welcome and are made welcome so if you wish to join Dad’s Army and go on holiday with some new found friends contact Howard Smith on 0208 402 5826 (H) or 07931 432126 (M) or email@example.com. New Umpires and Scorers are especially welcome.
So once again a most enjoyable season not without success but more importantly over 100 seniors playing cricket which they may not have been able to do at their various clubs. So get in touch if you wish to enjoy the company of a group of fellow senile athletes reliving their past successes and failures. One thing for sure is you’ll be made welcome.