CRICKET: Experience of a lifetime for the city’s new England international

Bob Milne (back row, left) and the England Over 50s touring team in Sri Lanka.

Bob Milne (back row, left) and the England Over 50s touring team in Sri Lanka.

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Peterborough Town veteran Bob Milne has returned from a tour of Sri Lanka with three England Over 50 caps under his belt.

Milne played in an age group ‘world cup’ which was eventually won by the host nation. He earned selection for his outstanding contribution to the Hunts Over 50s team in recent seasons.

Bob Milne (left) with some of the England touring party.

Bob Milne (left) with some of the England touring party.

Milne was selected for three of the five internationals played by England. He opened the batting against eventual losing finalists Pakistan and struck an impressive 40, but batted down the order in his other matches when he scored 25 and 18.

It was the experience of a lifetime for the 55 year-old who has played locally for Castor, Huntingdon and Nenedale, as well as Town.

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain’s older brother, Mel, skippered the side.

“It was a great trip,” Milne enthused. “It wasn’t perfect, but it was a wonderful experience.

Bob Milne is dressed for England Over 50 action.

Bob Milne is dressed for England Over 50 action.

“England only won one game out of five, but the conditions were tough and the opposition had players with Test match experience in their ranks.

“We wanted to play 45-over games like we do in England, but the heat was so intense the matches were played over 30 and 35 povers and the opposition just came out swinging.

“It was a great honour to be called up at my age, especially as there are some superb over 50 players who take part in the national competition.”

Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies and Sri Lanka provided the opposition. India pulled out after a dispute over payments!

Test grounds Colombo and Galle were used in the tournament.

Muilne’s aim now is to win selection for an international tournament to be staged in Cape Town, South Africa next winter.