Other Over-50s Matches
This page covers other official Over-50s Internationals (O50Is), outside of World Cups.
The first such match was played between hosts Wales and Australia at Newport in July of 2017, while the Australians were undertaking their landmark UK tour. Australia played two other O50Is against England on that tour. It was during this tour that the idea of an Over-50s World Cup was first mooted.
As the plans for such a tournament developed, arrangements were made for the Australian team to tour New Zealand, which had just assembled its first over-50s side. That tour, in February of 2018, ended in the series 1-1, with one game rained out. Both games were played in Nelson.
Immediately following the completion of the 2018 World Cup, England and Australia played two additional matches for the "Platinum Ashes", both of which were won by Australia. England and Wales met 3 times in 2019.
There have been some other international games between mostly over-50s teams, but because some of the players were under 50, these cannot be considered as official O50Is.
Details of all O50Is are provided below. The statistics from these matches are included in the overall figures found on the Statistics page.
Australian tour of the UK, 2017
Under the management of Stirling Hamman, the first ever Australian Over-50s side undertook an extensive tour of the United Kingdom in July and August of 2017. The following O50Is were played:
Wales vs Australia, 18 July, 2017: Australia 201/9 (W. Hayes 54, M. Coleman 34, P. Murphy 2/18) lost to Wales 203/9 (L. Williams 62*, G. Briggs 4/31) by 1 wicket. Full scorecard here.
England vs Australia, 26 July, 2017: England 225/8 (T. Bristow 58, S. Street 55, B. McGhee 4/53) beat Australia 168/6 (W. Hayes 56, F. Heaton 30, M. Stanyer 4/40) by 57 runs. This link contains the full scorecard, match report and photos.
England vs Australia, 4 August, 2017: Australia 154/9 (W. Hayes 36, B. McGhee 32*) lost to England 158/4 (M. Hussein 84*, T. Dutton 32, Hayes 2/24) by 6 wickets. This link contains the full scorecard, match report and photos.
Australia also played numerous matches against county sides. Please also check out the Australian side's Facebook page for reports from the tour matches.
Australian tour of New Zealand, February 2018
New Zealand had never had any kind of over-50s cricket team, although it had had an over-60s side that had hosted Australian sides and competed in the Australian state competition. Starting from scratch, a recruitment process managed to acquire about 30 nominations for the over-50s, from which an enthusiastic squad of 14 was chosen for three 50-over matches held in Nelson.
The first match, at Marsden Recreation Ground, was a tight one - as would become a feature of future New Zealand-Australia contests. Batting first, Australia were 49/3 after 15 overs, with Allan Bougoure and UK tour star Warwick Hayes both out for ducks. Peter Solway provided the best resistance, as he would do again and again, scoring 66 in Australia's total of 151. Andrew Nuttall was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers, taking 4/15 off 10 tight overs. Fellow spinner Martin Pennefather took 3/22.
New Zealand needed a good start on a tough wicket but didn't get it, losing both openers with only 10 on the board. Only local boy Mason Robinson showed prolonged resistance, battling through the innings for 59 as several other batsmen got starts without anyone passing 19. At 104/8 it looked like Australia would romp home, but Dean Askew hit two lusty sixes and put on 33 with Robinson. However, Askew was out at 137 and then Robinson fell LBW to the always-accurate Greg Briggs, leaving NZ 14 runs short of victory. Briggs (2/20), Michael Dann (3/27) and captain Paul Stenhouse (2/13) were the best Aussie bowlers.
Australia 151 (Solway 55, Nuttall 4/15) beat New Zealand 138 (Robinson 59, Dann 3/27) by 13 runs.
The second scheduled match was rained out thanks to Cyclone Gita and the third match was touch and go as well. Fortunately, play went ahead, at the small but picturesque Titoki CC ground. New Zealand captain Nigel Fletcher won an important toss and chose to bowl on a damp wicket. None of the Aussie batsmen were able to get going; Peter Solway again top-scored, with 24, out of Australia's total of 116. Andrew Nuttall was again the best bowler, taking 3/14 off 7 overs, while Richard Petrie took 3/16 off 10.
For once, this was not a particularly tight finish, as New Zealand reached the target fairly comfortably, for the loss of six wickets. No batsmen really dominated (Petrie top-scored with 27), but there were enough contributions to achieve the low score required.
Australia 116 (Solway 24, Nuttall 3/14) lost to New Zealand 120/6 (Petrie 27, Stenhouse 3/25) by 4 wickets.
Sky TV's "The Cricket Show" did a piece on the Titoki match
Australia vs. England, December 2018
After a gruelling World Cup campaign, involving up to 9 matches in a 15-day period, England and Australia backed up for a further two matches, starting the very next day after the World Cup Final had been played. England retained the players from its World Cup squad, while Australia called in some local reinforcements.
In the first game, at Bexley Oval, Australia scored a strong total of 233. Andrew Knight (who had toured New Zealand but had not made the World Cup squad) scored 38, while fellow opener Gavin Brown continued his good WC form with 75 from 79 balls. A rejigged middle order missing Solway, Santostefano and Clark failed to fire, but another newcomer, Alastair Lynch, smashed 73 from 42 balls to take Australia from a precarious 143/6 to 233. The irrepressible Stephen Foster was once again the best English bowler, taking 3/31.
At 111/2, with Foster and Simon Myles batting well, England were in the hunt. After those two were dismissed, for 35 and 47, respectively, England lost wickets regularly. Only Jason Robinson (38) kept them in the hunt, but England ended up 27 runs short.
Australia 233 (G. Brown 75, A. Lynch 73, S. Foster 3/31) beat England 206 (Myles 47, Robinson 38, B. Blair 2/24) by 27 runs. Full scorecard here.
The second match was played at Alan Davidson Oval, where Australia elected to bat first. Their top order failed on this occasion due to some excellent fast bowling from Sean Cooper (3/25), and the side was teetering at 47/6. Tony Clark (43 off 74) was then joined by Craig Gislingham, who turned the match with a swashbuckling 79* from 76 balls to dent the English spirits and give Australia a decent total of 167/8.
The English innings had a few starts, but needed someone to bat right through. Neil Brathwaite (46) and Nick Newman (35 off only 18 balls) kept it close, but there wasn't enough left in the tank and Australia snuck home by 11 runs.
Australia 167/8 (C. Gislingham 79*, Clark 43, S. Cooper 3/25) beat England 158 (N. Brathwaite 46, N. Newman 35, S. Gollan 3/26) by 11 runs. Full scorecard here.
Wales vs. England series, 2019
England and Wales scheduled three O50Is for the summer of 2019.
Match 1 - Welwyn Garden City (England), May 19
Batting first, Wales found the going hard against a tight English attack, led by World Cup star Stephen Foster and former ODI player Mark Alleyne. Wales' first 50 runs took 23 overs and the hundred took 38 overs, by which time they were 6 down. Steve Maddock showed why he is Wales' leading O50I run-scorer, top-scoring with 34 off 59 balls. He had support from all-rounder Glen Chambers (32*) but no one else passed 15 in Wales' under-par score of 134/7 off 48 overs. Michael Bell took 3/27 from 8 overs on his O50I debut, while Alleyne impressed with 2/20 off 8.
Wales' score was never likely to challenge England's in-form batting lineup. David Snelgrove, fresh off a century in the local over-50s league, and Giles Ecclestone, making his O50I debut, rattled up 104 in 18 overs before Snelgrove fell to Chris Hudson for 37.
Alleyne joined Ecclestone to finish things off, with Ecclestone ending on 70* from 71 balls and Alleyne 20* off 18 balls.
While the result was disappointing for Wales, two of their players moved up in the statistical tables. Steve Maddock jumped 5 places to 9th in the run-scoring list, while Chris Hudson moved to 10th equal on the wicket-takers' chart. England's 104-run opening partnership was only the 7th 100-run-plus stand in O50I history.
Match 2 - July 29, 2019
Playing at the Sussex County Ground in Hove in front of a good crowd, England won the toss and decided to bat. Their side included a couple of new faces in Sultan Mahmood, Guy Bulpitt and Mehboob Eliahi, plus recalls for Tony Bristow and Calvin Priest. Former England ODI player Mark Alleyne captained the side.
Wales were missing their talismanic captain John Jones, as well as key all-rounder Steve Maddock.
Sultan Mahmood - fresh off 3 centuries in a week for Worcestershire Over-50s - took to Wales straight away. After 9 overs England were 57/0, with Mahmood on 50 from 31 balls - 40 of those runs coming from boundaries.
Things got worse for Wales when they took their first wicket, as it brought Alleyne to the crease, fresh off a match-winning 100 at the weekend. Alleyne and Mahmood hit the ball to all parts, with Mahmood bringing up his century (his 4th in 3 weeks) off just 68 balls (9 fours and 6 sixes).
He then retired and the pace slowed, as Mel Hussain could only manage 15 off 36 balls, while Alleyne retired on 56 (55 balls). Still, England managed a very creditable 286/7 off their 45 overs (6.36 per over), with none of the Welsh bowlers managing more than one wicket.
In reply, Wales found the going much tougher as Calvin Priest (1/23 off 9) and Guy Bulpitt (0/9 off 6) were particularly economical. Former Warwickshire bowler Michael Bell took 3/20 as Arvind Aswani ground out a painstaking 41 off 91 balls. Mark Donovan hit a typically rapid 18 (13 balls) but Wales finished with only 128/5 off their 45 overs.
Here is the full scorecard: https://www.play-cricket.com/website/results/4046019
Match 3 at Neath, September 1
England beat Wales in the final Over-50s International (O50I) of 2019 by 93 runs at Neath. England scored 263/8 in their 45 overs and Wales managed 170/8.
The individual highlight was Wales' Iwan Rees' 114 not out in a losing cause. He scored over two-thirds of his team's runs, against a good English attack, and faced almost half of the balls bowled - all after taking 2/29 when England batted.
Earlier, despite having a particularly Welsh-sounding name, Huw Leeke was actually playing for England and scored 72 on debut (78 balls). He and another debutant, Craig Wilson, added 93 for the 3rd wicket, with Wilson hitting 55 off 62 balls. Strong late-innings hitting from Mehboob Eliahi (37 off 26, with 2 sixes) and former first-class player Ian Pont (39 off 35 balls) meant Wales would have to chase almost 6 an over.
After Rees and Phil Leeds put on 54 for the first wicket, Wales fell away badly. Only Leeds (13) and Arvind Aswani (16) gave Rees any support and the game petered out to a tame finish - with only Rees' monumental knock (130 balls, 14 fours and 1 six) giving the crowd reason to stick around. Leeke, Pont and Miller took 2 wickets each for England.
Other statistical highlights:
* Sultan Mahmood only scored 11, but he now has an average. His average of 113 is the highest among batsmen who have scored over 100 runs.
* Rees scored 67% of Wales runs - this is believed to be a record in O50Is.
* Rees' 114 is the second-highest score in O50Is. Only Pete Solway's 151* vs Sri Lanka at the 2018 Over-50s World Cup is higher.
* This was the 7th individual century in O50Is and the first by a Welshman. The previous top score by a Welsh batsman was 62, by Lee Williams, in the first ever O50I (vs. Australia in 2017).
* England's 263/8 was the 7th highest team score. The highest remains Australia's 307/6 vs South Africa.
Wales vs. England series, 2020
Match 1 (23 August, 2020)
England beat Wales by 93 runs in a rain-affected Over-50s International at Panteg CC in Wales. The match was reduced to a 20-over-a-side affair and England chose to bat first after winning the toss. Three players were making their debuts for England - James Williams, Rob Nelson, and Marcus Sharp - while Wales gave out caps to Keri Chahal and Andy Harris.
England's gun opener Giles Ecclestone gave the visitors a strong start, hitting 38 of the first 47 runs, off just 26 balls.
However, England slipped somewhat, from 47/0 to 58/3, before their new captain and the World's #1-ranked player, Stephen Foster, righted the ship. Foster hit 49 not out from 31 balls, as England ended on a strong 147/6. In so doing, Foster moved into third place on the all-time O50I run-scorers' list, now only trailing Australia's Peter Solway and Pakistan's Sajid Ali. Matt Phillips was the most effective of the Welsh bowlers, taking 2/23 from 4 overs.
The hosts' chase would have been heavily reliant on Iwan Rees, but when he fell for 9 - Sharp's first O50I wicket - the score was 16/3 and the chase was floundering. Things didn't get much better for the Welsh, as they limped to 54/8 from their full 20 overs. Only Matt Phillips (13) reached double figures. All of the English bowlers had good figures, as you'd expect, but Mehboob Elahi's 2/5 from 3 overs stands out.
There were a few statistical milestones in the match:
* English keeper Jason Robinson took 3 catches. This took his career tally to 17, pushing him clear of his New Zealand almost-namesake Mason Robinson, who has 14.
* England's Sean Cooper and Wales' Chris Hudson have now played more Over-50s Internationals (15) than any other player.
* Welsh 'keeper Steve Powell took his first catch in 7 matches - although he does have 5 stumpings!
The full scorecard can be found here: https://www.play-cricket.com/website/results/4507474/print
Match 2 (& 2a) - 13 September, 2020
In what could well be the final Over-50s Internationals of 2020, England defeated Wales yesterday in two separate matches at Radlett CC. The first match was won convincingly by England, so the 2 teams decided to play a T20 as well, which England won by 63 runs.
In the first match, Wales could only muster 86 all out. Rowan Evans, on debut, scored a brave 36 from 104 balls, but only 2 other Welshmen managed double figures. Four of the English bowlers took 2 wickets each. England raced to their meagre target for just the loss of new skipper David Snellgrove. Simon Myles muscled 59 from just 41 balls.
Here is the scorecard: https://www.play-cricket.com/website/results/4482543
With the entire match over within just 58 overs, the two teams decided to play a T20 match, which would be considered a full Over-50s International. England batted first and hit an imposing total - 176/6. Mel Hussein fell cheaply but Jonathan Wileman, in his first England innings, and the prolific Giles Ecclestone both hit half-centuries. The two put on 72 before Wileman was called in, having reached 55 off 48 balls. Ecclestone then put the foot down and raced to his 50 from just 23 balls, with 3 fours and 4 sixes (all over long-on), and then he too retired.
The inexperienced England middle order featured a few cameos that increased the run rate from a touch under 7 at the half-way point to nearly 9 by the end. John Berry's 2/23 from 3 overs were the most notable bowling figures. 'Keeper Steve Powell took 2 stumpings, meaning that he now has the notable record of 9 dismissals in his career - 7 of which have been stumpings!
Wales started their chase positively, taking 29 off the first 4 overs before Roy Emmott - promoted up the order - fell, followed 3 balls later by star batsman Iwan Rees. The key over in the match was probably the 11th of Wales' innings, bowled by Ajaz Akhtar. The score was 70/2 at the start and the match was evenly poised, but Akhtar had the dangerous Martin Wilkshire caught, then had Rowan Evans out the next ball, and captain John Jones off the last ball of the over - reducing Wales to 74/5. The Welsh run rate drooped steadily thereafter and they could only manage a further 39 runs off the last 8 overs, ending up on a rather limp 113/8. Akhtar had the best figures of the day - 3/15 off 3 overs. England's Sean Cooper played his 17th O50I, the most by any player in the world. He took 4 wickets over the 2 games, taking his tally to 21, which is 2nd equal on the all-time list.
Here is the scorecard of the match: https://www.play-cricket.com/website/results/4520081
Zimbabwe tour of namibia, April 2021
Zimbabwe toured Namibia over Easter, 2021, playing two official (45-over) Over-50s Internationals, plus two T20 matches that were not considered official O50Is. All games were held in Windhoek. The series was originally supposed to include South Africa, but the Rhinos were unable to travel due to COVID-related issues. The two teams played for the "Dawn Trophy", named after the late wife of Stirling Hamman.
Zimbabwe beat Namibia by 5 wickets in the 1st official Over-50s International of 2021. As they had in the warm-up T20 the day before, Namibia batted first and again found it hard to get any momentum in their batting. Admittedly, the ball was swinging considerably early on, with two ex-internationals - John Rennie and Charlie Lock - opening the bowling.
Nevertheless, the Namibian run rate rarely exceeded 3 runs per over throughout the innings. Only Gavin Murgatroyd (32 off 48) and a late flurry from Trevor Britten (15* from 11, including the only 6 of the innings) scored at a decent clip as the hosts ended on 140/9 from their 45 overs.
As had happened in the T20, Namibia ended on a sub-par score despite having wickets in hand at the end. The three ex-internationals (Rennie, Lock and Mark Burmester) only took 1 wicket between them, but the spinners, Garry Spence, Tony Bartlett and Kenyon Ziehl, each took 2.
At the 2020 Over-50s World Cup, Mark Burmester had played some outstanding shots against the likes of Australia and New Zealand, and he again showed his class in Zimbabwe's chase, thumping 69 from 79 balls. It was his first 50 in O50Is.
Namibia did make steady inroads to have Zim at 67/3, before yet another ex-international, Craig Evans, joined Burmester and the two added 68 for the 4th wicket, with Evans hitting 42. Zimbabwe ran out comfortable winners, by 5 wickets.
Here is the full scorecard from CricInfo: https://www.espncricinfo.com/.../namibia.../full-scorecard
Zimbabwe wrapped another relatively easy win over Namibia, by 4 wickets. Namibia again batted first and looked to be showing more intent than they had in previous games. Trevor Britten in particular was assertive and was looking good before he was stumped just 2 runs short of a 50. At the half-way stage of their innings, the "Eagles" were going at just under 4 an over, but - as they have done in both of the previous matches - failed to get any late-innings momentum. They finished on 148/8 from 45 overs: once more leaving wickets in hand without posting a competitive score. Twenties to Gavin Murgatroyd and Melt van Schoor were the only minor support to Britten, while the wickets were shared around.
The target was never a serious challenge to Zimbabwe's strong batting lineup. While no one topped Craig Evans' 28, 7 of the 8 batsmen reached double figures and the visitors cruised to victory with 5 overs to spare.
The scorecard can be found here: https://www.espncricinfo.com/.../namibia.../full-scorecard
The full match streaming can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=161809025809780&ref=watch_permalink
ENGLAND vs WALES, July 2021
This match was part of the Marlborough Cup, which also included the "UK Indians" and "England Lions". Matches involving those two teams were not considered official Over-50s Internationals, so only the match between Wales and England was an official O50I.
(Interested viewers can watch the match between England and the UK Indians here.)
England beat Wales by 55 runs in the first round of the 4-team Marlborough Cup, played at the beautiful Marlborough College. Wales started very well, snaring the 2 huge wickets of Giles Ecclestone and ex-England international Mark Alleyne with just 36 runs on the board. However, world #1-ranked over-50s player Stephen Foster scored a half-century to steady the ship, before debutant Paul Fenn (54 from 51 balls) and Jonathan Wileman (68 from 52 balls - his second 50 out of two O50I innings) hoisted the England total to 236/6. Iwan Rees was the pick of the Welsh bowlers, taking 2/36 from 9 overs.
Wales started well, reaching 55 before Glen Chambers was the first wicket to fall. They then lost 5 wickets for just 1 run, as Alleyne nabbed 4/14. While that flurry of wickets effectively scuppered the Welsh chase, Rees also dominated with the bat, scoring an outstanding unbeaten out of Wales' total of 181/5. No other Welsh player passed 25. It was Rees' second O50I century, making him only the second player (after ex-Pakistan ODI player Sajid Ali) to score two international hundreds. Both have come against England.
Americas cup tri-series: canada, west indies, usa
This tournament, hosted by Canada in Toronto, saw the international debut of the United States, following a successful national tournament there earlier in the year. Canada did a great job of hosting the tournament, which also included a West Indies team that was limited in some of its selections due to COVID-19, but was still too strong for the other two sides.
West Indies emerged victorious in a low-scoring tournament in which only one individual half-century was scored and only three sixes were hit. Most of the first-innings scores were under 150, which didn't make for entertaining viewing, but did test the batsmen's techniques and displayed some good bowling, particularly from the spinners.
USA started strongly, with an 8-wicket win over Canada, but faded away to finish third, while Canada improved from a poor start to reach the final.
Game 1 - Canada vs USA, 16 August, 2021
USA demolished Canada by 8 wickets in their debut Over-50s International. The Americans won the toss and put Canada in at the North Ground in Mississauga. Their decision paid immediate dividends as the hosts crashed to 47/6.
Former captain Rohan Jayasekera then dug in with fellow team veteran David Mohammed and the pair almost doubled the score, adding 46. Another senior player, Rudy Gibson, then whacked 21* from 17 balls, including the innings' only six. Jayasekera ended unbeaten on 34 from 96 balls, but the team total of 119/7 from 45 overs was painstaking and always looked insufficient. Rizwan Mohammed took 3/19 from 9 overs and Mohsin Khan took 2/12 from 5.
By comparison, the visitors made batting look easy. Anthony Sahadeo hit 38 from 40 balls, before Faisal Akhtar (30*) and former first-class player Sanjeewa Weerasinghe (33* from 27 balls) added 53 unbeaten runs to see the USA cruise home. It was a bold statement from the Americans, announcing themselves on the world over-50s stage.
Game 2 - Canada vs West Indies, 17 August, 2021
West Indies trounced Canada by 7 wickets. Canada batted first and, just as they did against USA yesterday, failed to get any momentum going. They limped to 31/3 before two former first-class players, Mukesh Narula (26) and Rohan Jayasekera (34) grafted away, adding 62 in 25 overs to bring the hosts back to 93/3 (albeit off 34 overs).
However, Canada then lost its last 7 wickets for just 14 runs and the team ended up with a rather insipid 107 all out from 43 overs. Vejai Seonarine took 4/12 from 8.3 overs on his O50I debut and ex-ODI player Sunil Dhaniram bowled tightly for 2/10 from 9 overs.
Canada had a glimpse of hope as Rajendra Daniel Sadeo was caught and bowled from the first ball of the innings, and then Rick Ali and star batsman Sudesh Dhaniram fell shortly afterwards. However, from 24/3, the West Indies took control. Sunil Dhaniram - who played 44 ODIs and 11 T20Is for Canada - batted very nicely with Shiv Seeram. The pair added an unbeaten 84 for the 4th wicket, with Dhaniram ending on 49 and Seeram on 41, to guide the Windies home.
Game 3 - USA vs West Indies
West Indies came out on top against USA in the clash between the two top teams. Unfortunately it was not the close match that many had predicted. Again, it appears that a difficult pitch made run-scoring challenging. Low scores have been a feature of this tournament so far. West Indies batted first and managed 178 all out, with 3 balls left in their 45 overs. Sudesh Dhaniram finally hit form, scoring his first O50I half-century in 5 innings. He and his brother Sunil (26), along with Rajendra Daniel Sadeo, were the only batsmen to pass 25. Mohsin Khan was the main destroyer for the USA, taking 4/38, while Sanjay Pandya picked up 3/25.
In response, the USA's vaunted batsmen never got going on the tricky wicket. Vijei Seonarine's fast off-spinners were again nearly unplayable as he picked up 4/11 (to go with his 4/12 yesterday). No one passed 27 as USA crumbled to 113 all out.
Game 4 - Canada vs USA
Canada upset the USA to reach the final of the Tri-Nations Americas Cup Tournament. Having lost all of their games so far, Canada were unfancied against what looked to be a strong USA team. However, they emerged with a 5-wicket win to progress to tomorrow's final against the West Indies. Unfortunately, the wickets have not been good in this tournament, which has led to slow batting and low scores. This was again a factor, as the USA crawled to 127 all out from 44.1 overs. Only Syed Shahanawaz, with 44 from 85 balls, showed the necessary application. David Mohammed took 3/17.
Batting second proved decisive yet again and Canada reached its small target for the loss of 5 wickets. Naveed Sehrai gave the innings a strong start, whacking 34 from 20 balls. Then Mukesh Narula, who hit 5 first-class centuries for Baroda in the 1980s and '90s, anchored the chase with 42 not out.
Final - West Indies vs Canada
West Indies won the Tri-Nations Americas Cup Tournament, with a comprehensive 8-wicket win over Canada in the final. As has been the pattern throughout this tournament, the team batting first struggled on the slow, variable-bounce wickets at Danville Park. Again, Canada couldn't find any momentum and ploughed their way to a turgid 146 from 44.2 of their allotted 45 overs. Vishan de Mel played assertively for 49 from 63 balls, while Rohan Jaysekera consumed 83 balls for his 33. Former USA international Zamin Amin took an outstanding 5/22. This was the West Indies' first ever 5-wicket bag and the fifth-best bowling analysis in all O50Is.
The West Indies batsmen made light of the pitch difficulties, coasting to their target of 147 in just 30 overs. All 4 batsmen scored 29 or more, with Sudesh Dhaniram top-scoring with 42* (31 balls), 32 of which came in boundaries. He ended as the top run-scorer for the tournament, with 105.
USA tour of england & wales, september 2021
England vs USA, 7 September, 2021
England beat USA by 117 runs. Batting first, the English posted a strong 247/5 from their 45 overs. The Americans had some early success, bagging the dangerous Sultan Mahmood with the score on 12. However, David Snelgrove - fresh off 3 centuries and 3 half-centuries in his last 6 innings in English county cricket - top-scored with 77 and added 82 with Craig Wilson (38) for the second wicket. There was a minor collapse in the middle, with England losing 3/30, but Jonny Barnes (51 not out from 46 balls) and Andy Robertson (33 not out) added an unbeaten 76 for the sixth wicket to give England a strong total.
The USA were 43/3 after 10 overs before Anthony Sahadeo and captain Parak Ananta (27 each) added 36, but no one else could get into the twenties and the side limped to 130 all out. Sultan Mahmood had the best figures (3/15 from 8 overs) and the other wickets were shared around.
Watch the second innings here: https://youtu.be/XvTmaQ2D4HA
England vs USA, 8 September, 2021
England beat the USA by 41 runs in their second Over-50s International. It was a much closer match than the first encounter and the USA made a good account of themselves against a strong England side.
Batting first again, England were led by the world's #1 over-50s player, Stephen Foster, who justified his top ranking with an outstanding 93 (88 balls, 10 boundaries). Apart from Foster, however, only Jonathan Wileman (47) got going and the hosts found themselves in a spot of bother at 215/8. Then captain David Snellgrove, batting down the order, smashed 46 not out from just 21 balls to take the total from a middling one to an imposing one. Zubair Hussain (3/46) and Ayaz Sheikh (3/33) took the lion's share of the wickets.
The plucky Americans made a good fist of their chase. At 101/1 after 19 overs, they were right in it, and even at 154/3 after 33 it was still a chance, but the run rate got out of hand and they fell 41 runs short. Ayaz Sheikh had a great all-round day, top-scoring with 52, while Balbirsingh Sodhi hit 48 opening the batting.
Full match video: https://youtu.be/ADoRtlYsnf0
Wales vs USA, 10 September, 2021:
Wales beat USA by 9 runs in a hard-fought rain-affected Over-50s International. After a delayed start, Wales batted first and lost their gun bat, Iwan Rees, for just 1. However, Lee Morgan and Keri Chahal both hit half-centuries, putting on 105 for the 2nd wicket - the 7th highest partnership in all O50I cricket. Some useful middle-order contributions saw the Welsh post a solid 188/5 from 40 overs.
The DLS-adjusted target for the USA was 160, and they too had a decent start. Ayaz Sheikh followed his 50 vs England with 48 from 43 balls, while Anthony Sahadeo and Parak Ananta both chipped in with 29s. The USA needed 60 off the last 10 overs, with 6 wickets in hand, but promptly lost 2 wickets in the 21st over, bowled by ex-county pro Michael Cann, who finished with 3/32 from 6 overs. Needing 25 off the last 4, the Americans could only manage 16, while losing 2 wickets, so the Welsh came away with a narrow victory.
Wales vs USA, 11 September, 2021:
Wales and the USA played another nail-biter, with Wales again emerging victorious. The Americans started disastrously, losing their top 3 with just a single run on the board, as John Kenchington ran riot. Raj Badadare finally hit form, with a defiant 50, but at 96/7 things were still looking grim for the USA.
However, Satyapal Chhabra (50* from 40 balls) and Parak Ananta (49* from 40) added an outstanding unbeaten 105 for the 8th wicket to lift the visitors to a competitive 201/8 from their 45 overs. This is a record partnership for the 8th wicket in O50Is, the USA's highest partnership for any wicket, and the eighth-best partnership for any wicket in O50Is by any country. Kenchington ended with 3/29 from 9 to be the best Welsh bowler.
The Welsh top order were again hard to dislodge. Iwan Rees showed why he is Wales' top-ranked O50s player, with an excellent 75 - his 3rd 50 in O50Is, to go along with one century. Rees leapfrogged Pakistan's Sajjid Ali to move into 3rd place in the all-time run-scorers' list. He now has 458 runs in O50Is at an average of 50. Lee Morgan and Keri Chahal continued their good form, reaching 30 a-piece, as Wales seemed to be cruising at 145/1.
The Americans fought back and Wales were stuttering slightly at 186/5. Still, 16 runs off 5 overs with 5 wickets in hand looked easy going for the Welsh. However, wickets in the 42nd and 43rd overs, with only 2 runs scored, meant that Wales were 187/7, needing 15 from 2 overs.
Eight runs came off the 44th over, so 7 were needed from the last. Two runs came off the first 3 balls ... 5 needed from 3. The 4th ball was rather chaotic, with Mohsin Khan bowling a no ball that also had a single hit off it, but then ended in a run out. [Watch the video of this ball below.]
The free hit was a dot ball, meaning that Wales needed 2 from the last 2 balls of the match. Matt Phillips then managed to hit a ball pitched on leg stump down to the unguarded 3rd man boundary for a boundary to see Wales scrape home with just 2 wickets and one ball in hand!