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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.

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 the UK, 2017

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.

Full scorecard here.

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.

Full scorecard here.

Sky TV's "The Cricket Show" did a piece on the Titoki match

Australian tour of New Zealand, February 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.

 

Australia vs. England, December 2018

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.

The full scorecard can be found here

 

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.

Here is the scorecard.

 

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, 2019

Other Over-50s Matches