Cricket – England Over 70s


john_lindley_1959_v2Don’t hang up your boots just yet – There is always hope for the “Golden Oldies”!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that John Lindley (OP 1959), now aged 73, will be making his debut for England Over 70s in a 3 match Mini Test Series against Wales, in Wales, from 6th to 12th September 2014 with the squad of 14 players based in Newport for 6 days. England Cricket Kit will be worn & there are Trophies to be presented to the Winning Side and all the Players.

The matches will take place on three different Club Grounds: Sudbrook CC (Sunday 7th September), Usk CC (Tuesday 9th September) & Croesyceliog CC (Thursday 11th September); all matches start at 10:45am. John has been selected to represent Somerset, the County in which he now lives. The format for these matches is that used for the Over 60’s and Over 70’s in “The Seevent” National 60+/70+ County Championship: 45 Overs per side, 9 Overs per Bowler and Fielding Circles. One New Ball for each innings.

John is still playing League Cricket at Ealing CC every Saturday, this being his 60th playing season for the Club. John has written recently of Steve Walker (Staff 1946-1974, RIP 1974):

Steve was a great man, he launched my cricket career at St B’s and indeed I owe a lot to him for my love of the game and everything that goes with it. Something that many probably don’t know is that he also launched my career at Ealing Cricket Club. Steve helped there with Colts coaching, alongside two Senior Players of the day who formed the Colts Section in 1955. Steve umpired the very first Colts match away against Finchley CC Colts – the Ealing opening bats were John Lindley and Kevin Freeman (OP 1956) and we won by 8 wickets chasing about 120. I got 52 not out (then a batsman more than a bowler). At Ealing Steve was a regular 3rd XI player, nothing special but always around to help other players and the youngsters. That was his trademark. I’m sure he would have been delighted to know, that at 73 I have finally “made it” v Wales in September. I shall certainly think of him before I bowl my first over in an England shirt.