Seniors planning tour to Sri Lanka

SUFFOLK Seniors are planning to make a tour to Sri Lanka next November, taking in a Test match on England's tour. That was the announcement at the annual meeting.

SUFFOLK Seniors are planning to make a tour to Sri Lanka next November, taking in a Test match on England's tour. That was the announcement at the annual meeting.

There will also be a tour to Norfolk in May, based in Cromer with four matches arranged.

The principal officials were re-elected, with Bill Chambers chairman, Ray Russell secretary, John Bloomfield manager, Chris Watson the Over-60s captain, Neil Hames the Over-50s captain and Tim Parker his vice-captain.

The Over-50s had a very successful campaign in the Kuoni 50+ County Championship, finishing as runners-up in their group with six wins out of seven, before losing by just 18 runs to Sussex in the first round of the knock-out competition.

They were led by outstanding performances by their opening batsmen, Neil Hames and Chris Heron.

Hames was leading run-scorer with 447 at 63.86, while Heron scored 419 at 69.83. Hames scored 124 v Bedfordshire, plus three other half-centuries (91 v Cambs, 89 v Lincs and 50 v Norfolk). Heron scored 108 not out v Norfolk and 106 v Hunts, plus three fifties (67 v Cambs, 59 v Lincs and 52 v Lincs).

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The only other half-century was Tim Parker's 57 v Bedfordshire, while Peter Boughton was third-highest run-scorer with 188 at 31.33.

Andrew Gallant topped the wicket-taking charts with nine at 21.67, while Bob Perrett was the most economical, giving up 2.93 runs per over.

The Over-60s beat Herts, Norfolk and Surrey, and lost to Essex, Kent and Sussex to finish in the middle of their group. Graham Penny scored 276 runs at 69.00 (87 not out v Surrey, 62 not out v Norfolk), with Doug Andrews scoring 196 at 39.20 (61 not out v Surrey, 54 v Essex). Rick Jones scored 51 against Essex.

Brian Cole took 12 wickets at 19.00, the most wickets in the whole group.

Colin Thomas, who took seven wickets, was the most economical at 3.92 runs per over.

Dates for the Norfolk tour: Monday, May 28 v Cromer; Tuesday, May 29 v Norwich XI at Ingham; Wednesday, May 30 v Norfolk Over-50s II at Cromer; Thursday, May 31 v Norfolk Over-60s at Ingham.

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