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Over 70s

Somerset Over 70s provides the opportunity for those who, having possibly progressed through other ‘Senior Sides’ or who are looking to re-engage with cricket in their ‘advanced years’, can join with others in an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, and keep body and mind in better shape.

Somerset Over 70’s Captain’s Review of 2020

This should have been our first season back in the National League, but instead we were reduced to playing five matches in a hastily conceived mini league plus a friendly against Worcestershire, but at least we managed to play some cricket.

In the initial phase of the competition at Cadnam vs Hants, Bernard Raines set out his stall for the season with an unbeaten 45, being well supported by Steve Sheppard (30). However, a total of 137 soon proved to be an easy one for the hosts who lost just three wickets in the process. We beat a strong Wiltshire side at Failand, with Sheppard making 52 during a 66 run partnership with Pearson. Alan Elkington contributed a useful 20 and went on to exploit “the ridge” beautifully, taking 2 for 8 off 6.

The return fixture vs Hants was played on a rain affected wicket with a ‘bracing’ cross wind.  Everyone struggled in the conditions but a stunning run out by Sheppard, who also picked up two wickets, restricted the visitors to just 140 for 4.  In reply only Sheppard made a significant impression and we ended 10 runs short.  The final (postponed) group encounter was played in truly autumnal conditions at Malmesbury.  We found ourselves doing a lot of ball chasing during which two fielders suffered injuries.  In reply to their total of 208 (Sheppard picking up 3 wickets), John Hayward posted an unbeaten 50 and while supported by Sheppard (26), Pearson (23) and Raines (20), we closed 40 short of the target.

In the second-round match against Gloucestershire, we scored a very respectable 189-7, Raines continuing his fine form with 56, and Fairman (26) and Elkington (37) made valuable contributions.  However, Gloucestershire got the runs for the loss of just one wicket with 5 overs to spare!

In our final game – a friendly vs Worcestershire at Landsdown – they scored 172-6 on a good wicket, but, in reply, we were all out for 94; not a good end to a disappointing season.

The biggest positive was to see Bernard Raines find some excellent form, including two half centuries, and over half our runs against Worcestershire. It was also good to see ‘Fast Eddie’ Kane scoring 19 not out, including 2 excellent fours – well done!  Steve Sheppard was consistently a major asset with bat and ball and some lively fielding supported our bowlers.

We hope that the 2021 season will see a return to more normal conditions and if all the eligible 70s players make themselves available, hopefully with minimal Coronavirus concerns, we should have a very good side, both in batting and bowling.

Roger Lines

Captain, Somerset Over 70.

If you would like to know more about Over 70s cricket in Somerset please contact one of the following:

Chairman:                 Brian Pearson

Secretary:                 Adrian Procter 

Captain:                     Roger Lines