With the continuing success of the Over 60s league cricket team since 2009, the management can now announce the formation of a Somerset Seniors Over 70s side. Qualification requires players to be 69+ years old, with fixtures played in the Seevent UK National competition.
In 2014, with sufficient members having reached 70 years, the first friendly game was played versus Worcestershire at Avoncroft where the team won by 5 wickets. Following this game one of our opening bowlers, John Lindley, was selected to play for England against Wales.
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2015 Season Report
Our first venture into the Seevent League, mainly for the purpose of checking out the demands and level of competition, has been moderately successful. In a five-county group comprising Sussex, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Hampshire and ourselves, we managed fourth place, recording two wins and four losses – two of the eight matches were not played for reasons of weather or travel.
After a ten-wicket opening defeat by Warwickshire, a wake-up call if ever one were needed, we beat Worcestershire away by four wickets, then lost twice narrowly to Hampshire and again to Warwicks away in a match filled with runs by both sides; the final league match against favourites Sussex was won by four wickets at Castle Cary, putting a gloss on our season and galvanising us for next year! The return matches against Worcs and Sussex were not played, thereby denying us possible further victories…? A couple of other matches took place, against the touring Victoria State Over 70s and against a touring side from East Anglia: both were lost by a small margin, even though in the latter match we were bolstered by a few young’uns to match the composition of the opponents’ team.
Captain Ray Perrin had doggedly worked at improving our performances whilst also trying to give playing opportunities to all who wanted to be involved. With the advent of a couple of new 69/70 year olds next season, especially in the early batting and seam bowling departments, we fancy our chances of improvement. During this season most players have had their day(s) of success, but nobody has been consistently good with bat or ball, and this is the area we need to work on to have a chance in what we hope will be an expanded league format. The playing conditions may change a little - 40 overs per side, 12 players per team, less distance to travel to fixtures – but we have all enjoyed playing on past 3xscore years and ten, so we hope to continue in 2016.