There are two Somerset Over 50s teams, both competing in national competitions and always welcoming of new players.
2019 season review
Somerset over 50’s competed in the ECB National competition and the Southern Counties West Division.
The ECB competition
The first match was away to the Isle of Wight, Somerset scoring their highest total of the season; 298 for 4 off 45 overs. (Ian Thomas, Brislington, 102), (Andy Sapey, Trull, 63) and (Kevin Rogers, Purnells, 82.)
The islanders subsided to 188 for 9 off their 45 overs. Skipper (Clive Hamblin, Frome, 3 for 25 off 9 overs.) Game two on the 29th May versus Hampshire was cancelled due to rain. The following three matches all ended victorious for the Somerset team. Cornwall were rain reduced to 35 overs. Cornwall 175 for 7. Somerset won by 5 wickets. (Andy Stevens, Minehead, 72 not out). Somerset 161 for 8. (Andy Stevens, 60) beat Dorset 146 all out. (Clive Hamblin, Frome, 3 for 18 off 9 overs.) Devon 152 for 8 off 45 overs, (Terry Clark, Cheddar, 4 for 44 off 9 overs), Somerset won by 2 wickets.
The rearranged game against Hampshire at Midsomer Norton resulted in our only defeat in the group games. Hampshire 147 for 9, (Andy Fussell, 3 for 33 off 9 overs). Somerset lost by 3 runs, (Andy Sapey, Trull, 40). Finishing the season in style Somerset won their two final group games. Wiltshire 153 for 8, Somerset won by 5 wickets, Simon Hogg, 49 and Ian Thomas, 40 not out). And finally, the Channel Islands 82 all out, (Tony Scott, Brislington, and Brian Stone, Trull 3 wickets each). Somerset won by 8 wickets in 13 overs.
Knock Out stages
The first round of the knock out stages was at home to Worcestershire at Clevedon CC. Somerset won the toss and batted, posting 190 for 8 off 45 overs. (Andy Stevens, 48). Worcestershire were dismissed for 120 in 37 overs. (Clive Hamblin, 5 for 34 off 9 overs.) (Terry Clark, 3 for 32 off 7.4 overs.)
The second round was away to Oxfordshire at Oxford Downs CC. Somerset batted first and managed 230 for 5 off 45 overs. Oxfordshire batted sensibly throughout, and an early injury to Keith Graddon did not help matters. With just 2 wickets down and 8 runs to win off 3 overs, a thunderstorm brought proceedings to a close, Oxfordshire winning on a faster run rate.
Southern Counties competition
The first game was against Cornwall at Troon CC. Cornwall 196 for 6 off 45 overs. (Chris Golding, North Curry, 3 for 45 off 9 overs. Somerset won by 4 wickets. Game two was a different story. Somerset were soundly beaten by Hampshire at Hinton Charterhouse. Somerset 213 for 8, Hampshire won by 8 wickets. The third game saw another defeat, this time at North Curry versus Dorset. Somerset 119 all out off 41 overs. Devon won by 7 wickets. The away fixture versus Dorset saw a change in fortunes. Chasing 187 to win, Somerset won by 2 wickets. A mention must go to the lower order that saved the day when all looked lost at 89 for 6.
Into June and the next game was against Wiltshire. Wiltshire 257 for 4 off their 45 overs, Somerset finishing just 16 runs short. (Hugh Bellamy, Taunton Deane, 112.) Three more wins followed. At Bideford, Devon scored 195 for 6. However a good all round batting display saw Somerset winning by 4 wickets. (Hugh Brooker, Hinton Charterhouse, 54.) The next game was at North Curry versus Cornwall, Somerset chasing 191 romped home by 9 wickets with 10 overs to spare. (Mike Fear, Horrington, 114 not out.)
At Lymington, Hampshire batted first scoring 234 for 9. (Rob Moysey, Wellington, 5 for 39 off 9 overs.) Somerset won 8 wickets with 6 overs to spare. (Hugh Bellamy, 57, and Rob Moysey, 64, added 142 in an unbroken 3rd wicket stand.
The penultimate game was against Wiltshire at Marshfield CC. Wiltshire 182 for 8, (Ian Smith, 3 for 18 off 9 overs.) Somerset 127 all out. The last group game was at Hinton Charterhouse against Dorset. Dorset 244 for 8 off 45 overs. Somerset lost by 15 runs, (Rob Moysey, 75 not out,) and (Giles white, 49,)
The Play Off was against Gloucestershire at Apperley CC. Winning the toss and batting first Gloucestershire scored 277 for 7. Somerset all out for 229. (Rob Moysey, 67,) (Hugh Brooker 54.)
Overall it was a good season for both teams. The B team reached the playoffs for the first time in 5 years, and the A team performed well for most of the season losing just once in the group games. Andy Stevens scored 145 runs at 48.33, Ian Thomas 204 runs at 40.80. Clive Hamblin took 17 wickets at 11.35 and Brian Stone 11 wickets at 15.45
The captains and committee would like to extend their thanks to all the clubs, umpires, tea makers and scorers who made the season possible.
If you are interested in playing in the coming season do visit SCB website for further details and/or contact one of the Management Group:
Graham Poulton – email@example.com
Chris Golding- firstname.lastname@example.org
Clive Hamblin – email@example.com