Aussies hammer some local golden oldies

Aussie captain Murray Harrison (left) with Cambs/Hunts Over 60s skipper Stuart Unwin at the pre-match coin toss.

Aussie captain Murray Harrison (left) with Cambs/Hunts Over 60s skipper Stuart Unwin at the pre-match coin toss.

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Australia seniors breezed into March (June 25), swept aside the Cambs/Hunts Over 60s by a convincing 159-run margin, before going on to square their Ashes series with England three days later.

On a flat and dry deck at The Avenue, the tourists set off as if they were in Twenty/20 mode. Big Phil Drescher opened up his broad shoulders and put the Bowls Club pavilion under threat as 97 runs came up in the first 15 overs before he later opted to retire on 51.

Two of his team-mates departed the scene in similar manner - if they hadn’t the Aussie total of 278-6 off 45 overs could have been massively higher.

March’s Stuart Arnold, fresh from his 6-18 heroics against Suffolk two days earlier, finished with 1-45 from his nine overs.

With England all-rounder Nick Andrews of Market Deeping CC sunning himself in Italy, Cambs invited two of his ‘Three Lions’ team-mates Trevor Shailes and John Lund to cross the border from nearby Norfolk.

Unfortunately, Lund and Cambs skipper and Wisbech stalwart Stuart Unwin, another England cap, departed the scene as the home county found themselves all at sea on 44-4.

Pat Ringham dug in on his home ground for 15 and wished he was once again bowling ‘leggies’ out of the bright evening sun as his side finished with disappointing total of 119.

“They were a different class to us,” commented Cambs/Hunts manager Ringham. “Several of their players performed at state level and played Grade A cricket in Australia.

“Phil Drescher went on to hit 67 off 43 balls against England on Sunday to level the Ashes series. That’s how good he is!

“It’s safe to say, the day will be remembered as a real occasion, rather than an outstanding game of cricket. The Aussies were very complementary about the wicket and hospitality they received.”