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