Cricket for older players is flourishing in Shropshire – and 2019 is set to be busier than ever with new teams and extra fixtures to be played.
Shropshire will run 2nd XIs in both Over 50s and Over 60s age groups taking part in national competitions, with the Over 50s 2nd XI joining the Southern Counties Championship in a division that will see them play against Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Wales. Meanwhile, the Over 60s will play against Lancashire, Cheshire, Leicestershire and Yorkshire Ridings.
This comes on the growing success of the county’s 1st XI sides, with the Over 50s making the knockout stages of their competition in the last two years, while the Over 60s made their national final in 2017 and also qualified for the knockout stages last season. Over 60s skipper John Foster captained an England touring side to Australia while Over 50s opening bowler Calvin Priest was picked for the England Counties side playing three One Day Internationals in Australia.
John says, “We’d like to hear from anyone who’s interested in playing – regardless of who you’ve played for in the past. It’s a great way to keep active and involved in the game.”
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