On a glorious day on Tuesday, Dave Oldham’s Over 60s beat Surrey Over 60s at Long Ditton. As ever, a colt policy was being operated, with John Parkins and Paul Sweeney coming into that category. John scored a stylish 50, even making Frank choke on his beer and Percy shake his head, with a reverse sweep. Paul “Safe Hands” Sweeney took a good catch at deep square leg, staring into the lowering sun. John Parkins had somehow managed to wangle his way off the field at that point and left deep square leg, for Paul to cover.
Surrey Over 60s turned up a man short, but soon had 11 with Matt Baker making his county debut. Matt last played in July for the Under 13’s, so must have aged rapidly. Surrey were very pleased to have him on their side, as the ball was following him all over the place, much to the relief of the more senior players. Surrey Over 60’s gave a special mention to Matt during the presentation in the evening, which the Club Secretary said he would pass on.
A very pleasant day was had by all and it was great for Fuller’s League officials to see the ground looking stunning. After the success of Tuesday it is hoped that the match will become an annual event at Long Ditton.