As their respective season reach the halfway point, Essex Seniors Over 70s first XI Captain, County Representative and General Secretary Terry Sims, provided a positive overview of the summer today as the club continues to flourish and perform competitively on all levels.
“Essex Seniors have six teams, all competing in national competitions. In the Over 60s section, there are four teams, and in the Over 70s there are two,” Sims explained.
“All teams have played either six or seven games so far. The Over 60s 1st XI are top of their group with seven wins out of seven. The other three 60+ teams are currently mid-table.
“In the Over 70s, the 1st X1 are mid-table with just three wins to date, whilst the 2nd X1 has had a difficult run with just one win to date.”
Sims highlighted several outstanding individual performances: “Two run machines within the squads have hit the headlines,” he added.
“John Stuck, at the age of 78, has just scored three consecutive centuries for the Over 70s 1st X1 – the last, his highest score of 142no. From six innings, John has scored an aggregate of 461 runs at an average of 115.
“Meanwhile, for the Over 60s 1st X1, Kevin Grant has amassed 455 runs from seven innings at an average of 75. His highest score was 161.”
Sims admitted that the campaign hasn’t gone completely without a hitch: “An above-average number of injuries have affected availability in recent weeks, but there is hope that returning players will boost resources for the second half of the season with everything still to play for.”
Nevertheless, he was quick to thank the Essex club that has provided venues for the Seniors: “We’d like to thank the sixteen clubs around the county who are currently hosting our home games. The club fully appreciate their help and support as the section continues to expand.”