2012-UK TOUR

UK Tour - July 2012
The Australian Over 60 team is about to travel to England for a 16 game Tour. Local Geoff Field will represent South Australia during the Tour which travels across the United Kingdom.

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The schedule:-
Sunday 15/7/2012
vs Somerset O60s - Taunton CC 

Match report:
Australia won the toss and sent Somerset in on what should have been a responsive pitch after weeks of the worst summer on record. Colin Cooke took the new ball and clean bowled the opener in the first over. There was then a flawless display for 124 runs between D. Stephenson (57) and J. Thackray (43). The Australian’s change bowlers lacked penetration and it was not until Neville Kratzmann bowled impressively late in the innings to take 4 for 23 off 8 and Colin Cooke returned to finish with fine figures of 9 overs 4 for 27 that Australia stemmed the flow of runs. Somerset 9 for 195 after 45 overs.

The Australian run chase could hardly have got off to a worse start: openers Neville Kratzmann and Albie Barwick both falling without troubling the scorers.  Matters got worse after two LBW decisions and a run out, and Australia was 5 for 18 after 10 overs. John Fryer (54) and Stirling Hamman (38) added 98 runs for the 6th wicket but no other batsman made double figures and all out for 139 in 45 overs, a loss by 56 runs.  Man of match for Somerset: D. Stephenson, Man of Match for Australia John Fryer.

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Monday 16/7/2012
vs Devon O60s - Thorverton Cricket Club Tiverton

Match report:
Rain, rain, rain! The wettest summer in living memory returned today. The Australian Over 60s side travelled 60km to Thorverton to be met by ground staff mopping seriously with super-soppers, but to not avail. At 3pm with no prospect of play, the game was abandoned. A marvellous buffet luncheon was provided in true English (and Devon) style. Hospitality par excellence!

Wednesday 18/7/2012
vs Gloucestershire O60s - Cheltenham CC 

Match report:
Despite the morning starting with heavy rain and very dark clouds, and arriving to a very wet ground, we started play on time at 1pm.  Australian Over 60’s were sent in to bat on a dry and firm wicket with rain still threatening.

Our openers Albie Barwick and Nev Kratzmann started cautiously with the first 10 overs yielding only 27 runs, but the foundation had been set. The first wicket fell at 43 when Nev was stumped attempting to force the pace. Albie was joined by skipper Ross Chapman, with Albie reaching a excellent inning total of 37 of 63 balls.

Gill Chapman and Ross Chapman took the score to 98, before Gill was out caught, and followed soon after by Ross Chapman for 34 including 2 sixes.  The following batsman attempted to force the pace, the best being Brian Kratzmann with 20 off 11 balls.  Colin Cooke hit a 6 off the last ball for the team to achieve 6 for 159,a  very competitive score on a slow and wet ground.

After the break, the sun shone, and Gloucester started their run chase.  After 10 overs they were 2 for 15, with opening bowlers Cooke and Moran taking a wicket each. Further pressure was applied by Peterson and Field, with Field taking 3 for 13 off 7 overs.
At this stage, scoring at only 2 runs an over, the target was being out of reach. Wickets continued to fall with B Kratzmann and P Cullen taking 2 wickets each to dismiss the Gloucester team for 73 off 37 overs.

Fielding by the Australian side was excellent throughout, and was instrumental in applying pressure to the batsman.
This was an historic occasion, as it was the first win by an Australian over 60s Cricket Team.

The Result was: 

Australian Over 60s ,  6 for 159
Gloucester over 60s:  10 for 73
By  86 runs

The Team was: -
Albert Barwick (37retired), Nev Kratzmann (19), Ross Chapman (Captain) (34), Gill Chapman (8), Peter Harrison (6), Brian Walters (16), Brian Kratzmann (20), Colin Cooke (11no), Paul Cullen (4no), Dennis Moran, , Geoff Field, , Tony Paterson
The Bowling was: -   C Cooke (1-11); D Moran (1-6); T Paterson (1-20); G Field (3-13); B Kratzmann (2-14); P Cullen (2-6)

Man of the match:
Albie Barwick for his 37 retired

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 Thursday 19/7/2012
vs Wiltshire O60s - Trowbridge CC

Match report:
The Australian Over 60’s team continued its winning form with a good win over Wiltshire Over 60’s. Stirling won the toss and sent the Wiltshire team into bat on a soft drying wicket that could have looked difficult to bat on.

This was not to be as the home side quickly raced to 50 for the first partnership after 14 overs. A change in bowling with Hamman and Cullen immediately restricted the scoring and taking 3 wickets within the next 6 overs.  Pressure continued to be applied and at the end of the 28th over the score was 3 for 72. M Brind scored a quick fire 37, with several lofted pulls to leg.

A latter inning charge saw the home team get to 153, with the late order batsman chasing runs but losing several wickets, including 2 to Rob Haling  in the last 3 overs.

The Australian Over 60’s team started positively. The first wicket fell at 1-26 with Gil Chapman being adjudged LBW in the 12th over. Albie Barwick continued his good form, with some very nice drives, and scoring another 37 (retired).  Ross Chapman held the innings together but was dismissed for 28 at the score of 3-113 at the 32nd over. Rob Haling then took to the bowling with some good strokes scoring 36 retired, including 6 fours off 24 balls. This all but ensured the victory with Stirling Hamman and Brian Walters getting the team over the line with 5 overs to spare.

A wonderful after match dinner was hosted by the Wiltshire Over 60’s team, with several amusing after dinner speeches.

The Result was: 

Australian Over 60s ,  3 for 157
Wiltshire Over 60s:  7 for 153

The Team was:
Gil Chapman (13), Albert Barwick (37 retired), Ross Chapman (28), Peter Harrison (6), Rob Haling (36 retired),  Stirling Hamman (13 no), Brian Walters (6no), Brian Kratzmann, Paul Cullen, Dennis Moran,  Tony Paterson, Peter Virgen
The Bowling was: -   D Moran (0-23), Tony Paterson (0-22), Stirling Hamman (2-13), Paul Cullen (1-6), Peter Harrison (1-28), Brian Walters (1-40), Rob Haling (2-7), Albert Barwick (0-3)

Men of the match:
Rob Haling for 37 retired and 2 -6,  and Paul Cullen took bowling award

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 Friday 20/7/2012
1st TEST vs England O60s - STROUD CC

Match Report:
A beautiful new ground at Stroud was the venue for the 1st Test between the Australian Over 60s team and England Over 60s.
After the usual team warm ups, there was a presentation of Australian caps to the debutants (Albie Barwick (#41), Gill Chapman (#42), Paul Cullen (#43), Peter Harrison (#44), and Dennis Moran (#45).
 Gill Chapman receiving his “cap” from fellow  Queenslander/Valleys teammate Colin Cooke
With an official welcome, and playing of national anthems, the toss was won by England who elected to bat on an undulating and variable bounced pitch.  Light showers looked to delay the start, but play started at 1pm under a cloudy sky.

The England Over 60s started very sedately, with excellent bowling by Dennis Moran and Colin Cooke restricting the scoring, and at the end of 10 overs only 11 runs had been scored. The pressure was certainly being applied. Then a change of bowling brought an increased tempo of scoring, with Micky Swain starting to loft the ball and score freely. The first wicket came with Colin Cooke taking an excellent catch above his head in gully, but the England batters continued to increase the tempo. England debutant Chris Theedom began to score freely and at drinks at 34 overs England were 1-134. During this onslaught, the Australian captain Stirling Hamman severely bruised his hand attempting a caught and bowled off a Micky Swain drive – Stirling left the field to seek medical attention. Swain was eventually caught in the outfield by Peter Harrison, and the game changed dramatically. Excellent bowling by Nev Kratzmann and Paul Cullen saw 4 wickets fall and the England team at 6 for 158 after 44 overs.  A final flourish saw the final England total at 8 for 196 after their 50 overs. The Australian Team indeed did well to contain the total.

Albie Barwick and Nev Kratzmann started the Australian Over 60s innings cautiously, with the first wicket falling in the 8th over. We were 1-18.   However the Australian batting was tied down by very tight and controlled English bowling. Keith Anderson bowled 7 overs, and took 4 maidens 1 for 8.  This was backed up by off spin of Brian Brogden bowling 9 overs, 4 maidens and taking 3 for 11. Some respectability in Australia’s batting was by a 28 not out by Colin Cooke, off 61 balls. Australia was all out for 105 in the 50th over.

England was far too good on the day. Their savage batting onslaught, and very tight bowling showed their overall superiority in all facets of the game.
Play was interrupted not by rain buy by a duck and her 7 duckings wanting to cross the ground!

The Result was: 

England Over 60s:  8 for 196
Australian Over 60s: 10 for 105

The Team was:
Neville Kratzmann (3), Albert Barwick (13), Ross Chapman (18), Gill Chapman (6), Rob Haling (6),  Peter Harrison (3), Colin Cooke (28 not out), Paul Cullen (5), Geoff Field (0), Dennis Moran(0), Stirling Hamman (2)
The Bowling was: -   C Cooke (0-12), D Moran (0-28), Stirling Hamman (0-16), Geoff Field (2-40), Paul Cullen (2-47), N Kratzmann (3-44)
Men of the match:
Nev Kratzmann for his bowling in taking 3 wickets
Colin Cooke for his 28 no out runs and fine bowling

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Sunday 22/7/2012
vs Worcestershire O60s - Old Elizabethans CC
Match Report:
A fine cigar line of cirrus clouds greeted the Australian Over 60s team as they entered the picturesque Old Elizabethans ground at Worcester.  The ground takes its name from the Elizabethan Grammar School dating back to the reign of good Queen Bess. The Alumni organized a team that continues to be part of the Birmingham League.  The ground abuts a golf course; tall elms and oaks giving the ground an impressive, majestic setting.

The Australian Over 60’s team warmed up with resolve and vigor. Stirling gave the team instructions on how to approach the match.

Stirling won the toss and elected to bat. It was a very solid start indeed. Albie Barwick and Peter Harrison found gaps in the field and the running between the wickets was a positive feature of the day. Albie scored 23, and Peter Harrison an impressive 33. Ross Chapman continued the momentum with crisp driving and pulling of loose balls. He retired at 35 runs; a chanceless and polished innings. The bowling green outfield gave great value for shot makers.  The Skipper and Gill Chapman shared a stand of 42 providing a platform for a later assault on the bowling. Stirling took the attack to the Worcester bowling.  The run rate did slow in the late overs but the final partnership between Ian Pritchard and Tony Paterson took the total to 159.

The crowd was entertained on a glorious English summer’s afternoon.

The Worcestershire openers were respectful in the opening spell from Dennis Moran and Geoff Field. They did pick off the full pitched bowling on the pads. Brian Pleass laid the foundations through a judicious blend of sharp running and strong legside play.

Then Tony Paterson bowled a steady line and length being unlucky not to snare a wicket when the batsman snicked a ball within a whisker of the leg stump. The score stood at 1 for 79 after 21 overs. Ian Pritchard tossed the ball up to encourage the lofted shot and deceived the batsmen on several occasions.

At the halfway mark the score was 1-108. A wicket was desperately needed. Stirling brought himself on in the 25th over to stem the tide of runs and it worked reasonably well. 38 runs from 78 balls was required in the 31st over. The batting pair (after 2 retirements) had mastery of the conditions, but games can turn on a crucial wicket, a catch or even an inspirational piece of fielding. The steely determination of the Australian Over 60’s team was being tested.

Brian Walters looped a delivery and a sliced shot saw Ian Pritchard taking a catch on the move at cover point. Another wicket fell the next ball, when Brian slid one through the defences of the batsman. A hat-trick is as rare as hen’s teeth and equally prized. Brian achieved his hat-track with a toppie that struck the  batsman’s pads, and we saw the umpire’s finger raised.  3 wickets in 3 balls and the pressure was on the batting team. Could a double hat-trick be achieved?

Cricket is a funny game and momentum runs like mercury. 30 runs were now needed from 61 balls. It was a remarkable recovery by the Aussies but Worcestershire was still in the box seat.

Then another wicket courtesy of a Hamman yorker. 17 runs from 35 balls needed. Unfortunately the final 20 runs were picked off easily and Worcestershire was able to win the match with 2.5 overs to spare.

There were many positives from the match as we travel to Wales tomorrow for the Australian Over 60s v Wales Test.
The Result was:

Worcestershire Over 60s:  5-160
Australian Over 60s: 6-159

The Team was:
Albie Barwick (23), Peter Harrison (32), Ross Chapman (35 retired), Stirling Hamman (33),  Brian Kratzmann (2), Gill Chapman (retired hurt 8), Neville Kratzmann (4), Ian Pritchard (10no), Brian Walters (0), Tony Paterson (3no), Dennis Moran, Geoff Field
The Bowling was: -  D Moran (1-29), Geoff Field (0-24), Tony Paterson (0-14), I Prichard (0-23), B Kratzmann (0-6), Stirling Hamman (1-26),  B Walters (3-18) Geoff Field (2-40), N Kratzmann (0-10)

Men of the match:
Batting : Ross Chapman   for 35 retired
Bowling: Brian Walters for 3 wickets for 18 (hat-trick)

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Monday 23/7/2012
TEST vs Wales O60s - WALES 

Match Report:
A beautiful and sunny day as we drove westward into Wales, up to the very picturesque town of Usk.  The ground was a magnificent site, with a manicured outfield (which we soon found to be lightening fast), and classic cricket clubhouse.

Stirling continued his winning run of toss wins, and had no hesitation in batting on a very firm but green tinged wicket. 

A bright start to our innings with Albie Barwick hitting 3 fours in his 14 runs before being caught. A partnership of 54 between Peter Harrison and Ross Chapman took the total to 2 for 69 in the 21st over, with the innings gaining momentum. Stirling came to the crease after Ross was caught for 27. Stirling and Peter took the score to 134 in the 34th over with Peter the only LBW of the day for a well made 62, including 7 4’s.

Stirling and Brian Kratzmann then continued with a 4th wicket partnership of 79 before Brian was dismissed for 31 off 26 balls.  Stirling ended with 73 not out off 65 balls with the score at 5 for 219, with Gill Chapman hitting a sweetly timed sweep shot over square leg for 6 off the last ball of the innings.

The Welsh innings started slowly, with Dennis Moran, the pick of the bowlers, had only 10 runs conceded after his first 5 overs. The first wicket fell at 97 in the 25th over when Ian Pritchard took his first Test wicket, bowling  M Cockell for 38. However, Peter Hall, their #1 batsman, then continued to drive fluently, and with the fast outfield, anything getting past a fieldsman was 4 runs. He ended up scoring 90 runs when his wicket fell at 2-165.
The last 10 overs Wales still needed 66 runs, so it was to be a pressure finish.  But we could not contain the runs. When C Holmes reached the wicket in the 39th over with the score at 3-172, he soon upped the scoring rate, and scored 25 no in 14 balls to win the game.

Losing such a close match was disappointing for the Ausssie team, who batted well to set a reasonable target which at one stage looked like it might be a winning target. It was a good fightback by Wales to win the game.

The Welsh team ladies provided a wonderful dinner of cold meats, salads, chunky chips, and most importantly a smorgasbord of desserts (complete with hand written menu).

The usual speeches with Stirling entertaining, and the Welsh skipper Gordon Voke responding.  We presented a plaque to commemorate the occasion, and a team photo. Gordon responded with a Welsh cricket pennant.

The evening ended with the Welsh team breaking into song to the delight of the tourists!

The Result was: 

Wales Over 60s:  4-220
Australian Over 60s: 5-219

The Team was: 
Albie Barwick (14), Peter Harrison (62), Ross Chapman (27), Stirling Hamman (73no)  Brian Kratzmann (31), Neville Kratzmann (0), Gill Chapman (6no), Ian Pritchard, Paul Cullen, Dennis Moran, Geoff Field, Tony Paterson
The Bowling was: -  D Moran (0-20), Geoff Field (0-22), Tony Paterson (1-29), I Prichard (1-44), B Kratzmann (0-34), Stirling Hamman (0-6),  Paul Cullen (0-20) N Kratzmann (2-32)
Men of the match:
Batting : Peter Harrison for 62 runs
Batting : Brian Kratzmann for 31 runs

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Tuesday 24/7/2012 
vs Combined Worcestershire/Staffordshire Invitational XI - Evesham CC
Match Report:
Another bright and sunny, indeed very warm conditions, greeted the Australian team at Evesham for the match against a combined Worcestershire and Staffordshire Invitational XI.

Australia won the toss and batted freely with 3 of the top 4 batsmen reaching the retirement score on a hard and fast English wicket. Brian Walters hit out intelligently to score 22 off 23 balls.  A total of 5 for 162 off 40 overs was just over 4 runs an over and was somewhat less than ideal total.

The opposition were soon in trouble with the first wicket falling to the excellent bowling of Ron Kasputtis in his first over. Ron, returning from injury, was able to consistently bowl good outswingers to the right hand batsmen and finished with the excellent figures of 1-4 off 5 overs including 3 maidens.

However partnerships from their 2nd and 3rd wickets put on 66 runs, with 2 retirements.  The introduction of Brian Walters and Paul Cullen took wickets and slowed the scoring, Paul taking 2 and Brian 3 wickets (including an LBW to Brian who made a very gentle throw-away appeal to which the umpire gave a positive decision). At the end of 30 overs and Paul and Brians’ s spell, the opposition was behind by 8 runs. However some late order hitting from G Thomas and C Rawlings lifted their rate and turned the game against the Australians and they reached the target with 1 over to spare.

A lovely afternoon tea and dinner was provided and enjoyed by the Australian team.
The Result was: 

Combined Worcestershire/Staffordshire Invitational XI:  9-163
Australian Over 60s: 5-162

The Team was: 
Albie Barwick (retired 25), Neville Kratzmann (8),  Rob Haling (23 retired), Paul Cullen (25 retired), Brian Walters (22), Gill Chapman (16), Peter Virgen (5), Ron Kasputtis (3), Chris Taylor (22no), Tony Paterson (7no),  Dennis Moran,  Stirling Hamman 

The Bowling was: 
D Moran (0-28), Ron Kasputtis (1-4), Tony Paterson (1-21), Chris Taylor (1-19),  B Walters (3-18), Stirling Hamman (0-33),  Paul Cullen (2-19) N Kratzmann (1-15)

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Wednesday 25/7/2012       
vs Northamptonshire O60s - Finedon C.C

Match Report:
The hot weather continued as we travelled to Finedon, an hour 20mins from Leamington Spa. And another splendid ground, surrounded by trees, church steeple, and an excellent crowd of more than a 100 people in attendance.

We lost the toss, but were happy to field, on a hard but dry pitch, with the temperature near the 30C mark. We were keen to see if we can chase a score rather than defend a score as the last 3 games proved difficult for us to win.

Northants were 1-16 after 10 overs, with star player Ray Swann out for 6 off 37 balls – the first of Col Cookes 3 wickets, all LBWs.  At 3 for 42 after 20 overs the home side was in difficulty.  A partnership between Barry Curtis (37) and Simon Marriott( 35) rescued the middle order to take the score to 5-131 at 41st over. The final 45th over bowled by Col Cooke was a disaster…the first 2 balls were wides for 5 runs – and a total of 24 off that over – a record for Cookie!!

The opposition were confident at tea that their score of 177 was a winning score. But we had other ideas.

Australia started confidently with the first ball of our innings struck for 4, but disaster struck with Paul Cullen run out at the end of the 2nd over with the score 1-18. Peter Harrison and Ross Chapman consolidated the score with the next partnership of 42 with Peter dismissed for 27. Ross and Stirling put on a partnership of 30 before Ross retired on 41.  Ray Swann did tie our scoring with his accurate off spin..ending with 1-14 off 8 overs.

Stirling and Rob Haling then combined in a match winning partnership of 55 off 9 overs. Both Rob and Stirling ended with 32 runs each, and then followed a mini collapse…losing 5 wickets for 10 runs. This game was getting really interesting. But the experience of Nev Kratzmann saw us through, with a well compiled 23 not out, including a boundary through mid on to win the match with 3 balls to spare.

A very close and exciting game, and one that demonstrated a much more improved effort in both bowling consistency, and batting as a team. 
The Finedon organized hamburgers and disco music to end the evening in the cool summer twilight.
The Result was: 

Australian Over 60s: 8-180
Northamptonshire Over 60: 6-177
The Team was:
Peter Harrison (27), Paul Cullen (9),  Ross Chapman (41 retired), Stirling Hamman (32) , Rob Haling (32), Brian Walters (1), Colin Cooke (0), Nev Kratzmann (23no),  Peter Virgen (2), Geoff Field (4), Dennis Moran (1no), Ron Kasputtis

The Bowling was: 
Col Cooke (3-35), Ron Kasputtis (0-28), D Moran (1-12), Geoff Field (1-16), Paul Cullen (0-20), B Walters (0-23), Stirling Hamman (0-10),  N Kratzmann (1-20)
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Thursday 26/7/2012
vs Warwickshire O60s - Leaminton Spa CC 

Match Report:
Another hot and humid day greeted the Aussies at the Leamington Cricket Club, a Birmingham Premier League cricket ground. The wicket was again hard and dry, with not much grass.

We won the toss and elected to field as this approach had proved successful yesterday.  Opening bowlers Colin Cooke and Ron Kasputtis again bowled with pace and accuracy, restricting the hosts to 1-11 after the first 10 overs. At 3-20 after 15 overs, Mike Nason came to the crease and played some nice shots and lifted the run rate. However wickets continued to fall regularly, with the score at 5-58 after 29 overs – 2 an over!  A late over partnership between Tony Farndon and Bob Laurence more than doubled the score to 5-123 off 45 overs. Mike Nason had retired for a well compiled 40.

All the Australian bowlers bowled to the plan of bowling full outside off, to a well placed field that restricted scoring.

The Aussie run chase started positively, with 34 runs off the first 7 overs before the first wicket fell – Paul Cullen being bowled for 16 off 20 balls. Peter Harrison and Albie Barwick put on a 40 partnership before Peter retired for a well compiled 40 off 58 balls. Stirling joined Albie to reach the required target in the 34th over, with Albie finishing 34 off 93 balls, and Stirling 26 off 30 balls.

A convincing win.  Our bowling was of high standard, with all bowlers performing well, and our batting was untroubled.

Afterwards, players from both sides gathered in the clubhouse for a curry banquet and presentation of match awards.
The Result was: 

Australian Over 60s: 1-124
Warwickshire Over 60: 5-123
The Team was:
Peter Harrison (40 retired), Paul Cullen (16),  Albie Barwick (34no), Stirling Hamman (26no) , Rob Haling, Brian Walters, Nev Kratzmann,  Colin Cooke , Peter Virgen, Tony Paterson, Dennis Moran, Ron Kasputtis

The Bowling was:  
Col Cooke (0-15), Ron Kasputtis (1-17), Tony Paterson (1-13),  Dennis Moran (1-12), Paul Cullen (1-8), Brian Walters (1-11), N Kratzmann (0-23), Stirling Hamman (0-8),  Peter Harrison (0-11)

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Sunday 29/7/2012
vs LeicestershireO60 - Lutterworth CC

Match Report:
After 2 days of “rest” (including a day at Worcester to watch the County match v South Africa), the Australian Over 60s team played Leicestershire Over 60s team at Lutterworth Cricket Club.  Lutterworth is famous for the invention of the jet engine by Sir Frank Whittle.

Australia lost the toss and was asked to bat on a wicket that was affected by the weather, so big scores were not likely. Australia struggled to reach 3-29, and then recovered to 4-54 before losing 5 wickets for 10 runs, with Ross Chapman top score with 26.  A later partnership of 39 between Gill Chapman and Dennis Moran took the score to 103, with Gill making 28 and Dennis 12. However 114 was likely to be uncompetitive for a 40 over game.

Australia’s bowlers worked hard in the showery conditions, and restricted Leicestershire scoring, so that at the end of 20 overs, the score was 3-43. The pressure continued with good bowling, with all contributing.  The last 4 overs required 16 to win, and they achieved this off the 2nd last ball of the match. Nev Kratzmann and Tony Paterson took the bowling honors with 3-24 and 2-14 respectively.
The Result was:
Leicestershire Over 60:  8-115
Australian Over 60s:  10-114
The Team was: 
Albie Barwick (6), Paul Cullen (0),  Ross Chapman (26) ,  Rob Haling (10), Ian Pritchard (6), Brian Walters (0), Nev Kratzmann (3),  Gil Chapman (28), Peter Virgen (2), Tony Paterson (8), Dennis Moran (12no)

The Bowling was: 
Dennis Moran (1-6), Geoff Field (1-12), Tony Paterson (2-14), Paul Cullen (0-20), Brian Walters (0-19), N Kratzmann (3-24)
Man of the Match – Batting:  Gill Chapman

Man of the Match – Bowling:  Nev Kratzmann

Monday 30/7/2012
vs England Invitational Over 60s - Worcester CCC

The Worcester New Road ground was in perfect condition for this big game against an England Invitation XI which included 3 former test player (Collis King, Roger Tolchard, Neal Radford and Wayne Larkins).

This attracted a sizeable crowd of approx 500 people, and the local media attention.

Australia won the toss and elected to field. At the score of 1-10 after 7 overs, the touring side was doing well, until the former international players dominated the play to reach 3-197 in the 37th over, and finished their 40 overs at 225. Collis King hit 3 6’s and 4 4’s in his score of 50 retired of 31 balls.

Pick of the Australian bowlers were the opening bowlers, Ron Kasputtis and Colin Cooke.

Australia’s run chase started with a 6 over cover by Albie Barwick in the first over. He lost his wicket in the 5th over. Peter Harrison and Ross Chapman then put on a 32 partnership. Then Ross and Stirling combined for one of the best partnerships of the tour so far with 73 runs, before Ross retired for 51 well made runs of 58 balls. Stirling retired off with 50 off 75 balls. At this stage the target was beyond reach, and the lower order batsman were contained by tight bowling of Collis King and Neal Radford. At the 40th over, we totaled 5-187 with Nev Kratzmann scoring 22 no off 14 balls.

The after match dinner was a special event with over 200 attendees, with quest speaker Geoff Miller (former test player and current Chair of selectors) delivering a highly entertaining address that was greatly appreciated.
The Result was: 

England Invitational XI Over 60:  4-225
Australian Over 60s:  5-187
The Team was: 
Albie Barwick (8), Peter Harrison (14), Ross Chapman (51 retired), Stirling Hamman (50 retired), Rob Haling (9), Brian Kratzmann (4), Paul Cullen (0),  Brian Walters (5 no), Nev Kratzmann (22no),  Peter Virgen, Colin Cooke, Geoff Field 

The Bowling was:
Colin Cooke (0-13), Ron Kasputtis (1-5), Geoff Field (1-30), Tony Paterson (0-14), Paul Cullen (1-58), Brian Walters (1-20), Nev Kratzmann (0-19), Brian Kratzmann (0-15), Stirling Hamman (0-34), Peter Harrison (0-11),
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Tuesday 31/7/2012
2ND TEST vs England - Oakham

Unfortunately the rain has returned, and our 2nd Test against England at the lovely village ground of Oakham in the East Midlands was cancelled yesterday. We as usual turned up 2 hours before scheduled play but the ground was too wet.  This offered the opportunity for an unscheduled (but still needed) rest day. The boys enjoyed playing tourist in Grantham, attending to laundry, etc, and getting to bed before mid-night.. The bodies starting to feel the toll from 2.5 weeks cricket!

The boys have melded together into a great team, and we are looking forward to our last 3 games... though this morning it is showery for our Game 14 against Lincolnshire at Lincoln.

Wednesday 1/8/2012
vs Lincolnshire O60s - Lincoln Lindum CC  

Match Report:
Australian Over 60s v Lincolnshire Over 60s  on Wednesday 1st August 2012 at Lindum Cricket Club, Lincoln.

Travelling through the cathedral city of Lincoln, we arrived at the beautiful Lindum Cricket Ground on a cloudy but bright morning for an 11amsh start. The team was welcomed by the Sherriff of Lincoln and introduced to the players – she stayed for most of the day and seemed to enjoy the  cricket! The team also observed 1 minutes silence on the passing of John Fryer’s mother and wore black arm bands for the match.

We lost the toss and the opposition asked us to bat on a soft and slow pitch, that did have some unpredictable bounce.  With the ball seaming and swinging, we were off to a bad start with Peter Harrison bowled for 1. Albie Barwick and Rob Haling settled the innings and when Rob was caught and bowled for 27, the score was 69 in the 19th over. Albie had pulled a leg muscle and needed a runner, but continued to score though not freely against some excellent swing bowling.  Albie was joined by Stirling Hamman, and when Stirling was bowled for 13, the score was 3-93 in the 25th over. A steady scoring rate, but less than 4 runs an over. Brian Kratzmann joined Albie, and against some tight bowling, scoring was difficult. Albie got to retirement score of 50. Brian was run out. Colin Cooke played a nice innings of 19 off 25 balls before being run out. Brian Walters finally started to hit in the last over to be 18 not out. An extraordinary number of wides (24 runs from 18 deliveries) helped make sundries total 36!

But was 188 off our 45 overs enough? Stirling was happy this was a defendable score. The local team had recently lost 5 straight games, so were looking to improve their performance.

The Lincolnshire Over 60s innings started with a run out in the 4th over…a fantastic throw from Ron Kasputtis at deep cover caught their opener short. Geoff Field opened the bowling and beat the bat and sourced 4 snicks through the cordon. We dropped 3 catches, and had to wait a while for the next wicket. Steady batting by Paul Taylor, John Mountain and Neal Calvert, each scoring 50 retired. Ron Kasputtis bowled a very tidy 7 overs for 9 runs such that at the end of 25 overs they were behind our run rate by 26 runs. However at the 35th over, at 1-141, the hosts were ahead of the tourists who at the same stage were 3-127. We needed to contain the hosts.  But their middle order punted a few fours and the pressure was on us. Then the late collapse, with a great skied catch taken by Rob Haling, and another to Peter Harrison at mid- off. It was getting exciting. In the 45th over, 3 runs to win, Tony Paterson bowled their #9 batsman, and Peter Harrison took a low catch at mid-off.  The scores were tied, and 1 ball to go.  Tony bowled a full pitch ball and the batsman hit it beyond mid-on for the winning run!

Another game where we lost on the last ball! How unfortunate is that!

We enjoyed after game speeches, with Lincolnshire presenting caps to the visitors. We enjoyed Lincolnshire bangers and mash, and an early evening!
A great game, with another close result. Dam these last ball losses!

2 games remaining. Still time for our boys to improve on their fitness (ha ha) and skills.
The Result was: 

Lincolnshire Over 60:   6-190
Australian Over 60s:   5-188

The Team was:
Albie Barwick (52 retired), Peter Harrison (1),   Rob Haling (27), Stirling Hamman (13), Brian Kratzmann (21), Brian Walters (18no), Colin Cooke (19), Tony Paterson (1no), Peter Virgen, , Geoff Field , Ron Kasputtis, Ian Prtichard

The Bowling was:
Colin Cooke (0-25), Geoff Field (0-12), Ron Kasputtis (0-9), Tony Paterson (2-27), Brian Walters (0-32), Rob Haling (1-14),  Brian Kratzmann (0-32), Stirling Hamman (2-33)
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Thursday 2/8/2012
vs Eastern Counties (Norfolk/Cambridge) Over 60s

Match Report:
Australian Over 60s v a Combined Norfolk-Cambridgeshire Over 60s  on Thursday 2nd August 2012 at Deeping Cricket Club, Market Deeping.

The market town of Deeping in Norfolk was the venue for our game against a combined Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Over 60s team. The ground had extraordinary short boundaries, with one end being just 35 metres!

Stirling called heads again (trying to defy the law of physics as proposed by the local hero Sir Isaac Newton) so we lost the toss and were asked to bat. Paul Cullen and Peter Harrison opened with a brisk partnership of 42 off 14 overs, before Peter was caught behind by a superb slips catch for a well compiled 29. Paul was bowled the next over. Ross Chapman and Stirling Hamman then compiled a 31 run partnership and at 25 overs we were 3-73.  Rob Haling then scored 17 before being bowled by Nick Andrews.  Brian Kratzmann was the hero of the middle-order with 40 retired, with some excellent shots square of the wicket.  Brian was well supported by Gill Chapman 34 not out, his best knock on tour to date.

We ended up with a very competitive total of 187 off our 45 overs.  With a slow ground and rain threatening we were keen to take early wickets and win this game.

The opposition made a slow start with Martin Pearse LBW (0) to Dennis Moran in the 6th over.  Geoff Field’s excellent tight bowling gave Gill Chapman 2 nice keeper catches off 2 consecutive balls to dismiss John Lund (1) and Michael Ketteridge (0). Geoff then caught & bowled Richard Davis for (4). 

Geoff Field was our best bowler with 3-13 off 7 overs with Dennis Moran 1-7 off 5 overs. Maiden overs were also winners with Geoff 3, Dennis 2 and Tony Paterson 1 a total of 6 of the 15 overs bowled.

Then the summer rain made an appearance and did not let up for the rest of the afternoon. The game was terminated at 6.45pm following an assessment by the umpire and groundsman. The opposition conceded defeat and on run rate Australian Over 60s won the game.

The Result was: 

Australian Over 60s: 7-187 off 45 overs.
Norfolk- Cambridgeshire Combined Over 60: 5-30 off 15 overs

The Team was: 
Peter Harrison (29), Paul Cullen (8), Ross Chapman (22), Stirling Hamman (14), Rob Haling (17),
Nev Kratzmann (4), Brian Kratzmann (40 retired), Brian Walters (1), Gill Chapman (34 not out),  Dennis Moran (3 not out), Geoff Field and Tony Paterson.
The Bowling was:
Geoff Field (3-13), Dennis Moran (1-7), Tony Paterson (0-2),
Brian Kratzmann (0-6).
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Friday 3/8/2012
3RD TEST vs England O60s - Bourne CC