Duncan Gardner

WARWICKSHIRE

Born in Leamington Spa, has played cricket competitively for over 50 years including representing Warwickshire at junior level and for more than 30 years for Warwickshire County Council in the Cotswold Hills League. Has previously toured Antigua, St Lucia, Australia, South Africa and Malta with Warwickshire Over 50s and 60s. Along with wife Dawn, both are keen golfers and enjoy playing mixed pair competitions and hopefully a few rounds on tour. Also played semi-professional football for over 15 years at AP Leamington, Telford Utd, Nuneaton Borough, Worcester City and VS Rugby and during that time turned down a professional career at Torquay Utd. Did however manage to score a hat trick in the FA Cup whilst being watched by another hat trick hero – Sir Geoff Hurst.

Chris Dearden

LANCASHIRE

Represented Lancashire at various levels in his youth but never managed a contract! Played for Littleborough CC in the Central Lancashire League from 1975 to 2003 playing with Professionals such as Sobers, Garner, Roberts, Whitney, Stuart Law and Ezra Moseley and against many top class players. As a batsman initially, achieved c.16,000 runs becoming league leading run scorer for one club and becoming the first Amateur to score over 1,000 runs in a season. Spent 2 seasons away in Lancashire league and Huddersfield League as a Pro! Took up bowling in 1991 and captured/conned 430 wickets in 13 seasons. Fondest memories were winning 10 league Championships, 9 Cup wins and 2 Lancashire Trophies before retiring from 1st XI. Serious cricket resumed with Over 50s (losing 2 finals) and Over 60s, becoming Champions in 2018 (36 wickets and 540 runs) and 2019 (34 and 3 for 5 in the final). Currently trying to ‘put something back’ into the game coaching at various youth ages and operating as a Grumpy Committee Man!!

John Courtney

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

John and his wife Kath are seasoned tourists having been overseas with Rest of the World, West of England and Gloucestershire and guested for other counties but this is the first tour for England Seniors. John was born in 1956 and lives in Gloucestershire and has captained the county at Over 50s and was a reserve for England Over 50s recent World Cup. Other representative honours include Kent 2nds in the 70s when he opened the batting with New Zealander John Wright (who was carried off on a stretcher first ball!) and Western League side when his spin twin was Shane Warne. John’s debut for England Seniors was 2017 in England and has played every Ashes test since. Kath is the better all-rounder though, handy with both Chardonnay and Merlot.

Simon Clements

HERTFORDSHIRE

Born 1956 in Felixstowe, Suffolk, first represented Suffolk Minor Counties in 1974. Studied Law at Oxford University, played 29 First Class matches for Oxford, captaining in 1979. Had spells with Kent 2nd XI before University and Hampshire 2nd XI after. Played for Suffolk until 1998, scoring 9,219 runs in the Minor Counties Championship. Played 18 List A one day matches, for Combined Universities and the Minor Counties in the Benson and Hedges Cup and for Suffolk in the Gillette Cup and NatWest Trophy. Toured South Africa in 1974 with Crocodiles public schools side including David Gower, Paul Downton and Chris Cowdrey and in 1981 with Jazzhats (Combined Oxford and Cambridge University side). Toured Australia in 1978/9 with Combined Oxford and Cambridge Universities with Derek Pringle, Paul Parker, Peter Roebuck, Ian Grieg – unbeaten on that tour – looking forward to repeating! Scored 111* for MCC at Lords. Still working as a Chartered Financial Planner, married to Elaine with two sons and a daughter-in-law from Melbourne so there may be mixed loyalties!

NEIL CALVERT

Neil Calvert

LINCOLNSHIRE

Born near Skegness, Lincolnshire in 1955, youngest of five and the only one of the family to play any sport. Recently retired from work as a Building Engineer for the Local Authority, giving more time for second sport of golf, although the 14 handicap has not changed. Left hand top order batsman with recent top score of 150, including 98 to out in 15 balls. Recent winter holidays have been cricket tours, including Australia in 2016, Grenada, Barbados twice, Malta and South Africa. Loves a singalong after the match with Jerusalem a favourite. Married for forty years to Pam who has supported throughout. Looking forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones over a few beers.

DAVE BARTHOLOMEW

Dave Bartholomew

LANCASHIRE

Dave ‘Barty’ Bartholomew came to the UK from Trinidad in 1971 as an 18 year old to play rugby union at Coventry and he later moved to play rugby league as a professional at Keighley. He also played amateur cricket during the summer months for a number of clubs in the Lancashire leagues. Has played competitive cricket in the Northern Premier League since 1984 scoring almost 10,000 runs and taking over 400 wickets at an average of under 18. He continues to play league cricket and also represents Lancashire at 50+ and 60+ levels. Selected in the 2016 England touring party to Australia and played in all three one day internationals.

Mark Banham

WILTSHIRE

A seam bowler and middle order batsman, Mark came up through the Warwickshire youth system and then spent 35 years Army service in the Airborne Artillery during which he played cricket for the Army and Combined Services. Apart from the numerous breaks for operations he played a lot of sport: including skippering the UK Armed Forces against Denmark, Germany and Holland. He is chairman of and plays league cricket for Devizes CC in Wiltshire. Mark also still plays league hockey and has played hockey up to England Masters level.

Nigel Ashplant

DEVON

A Devonian through and through, Nigel is a wicket keeper/batsman who has played for Sandford Cricket Club for most of his career, featuring in sides winning all the divisions of the Devon League right up to Premier. He becomes the third of his club team mates invited in to the England Seniors Squad. A stalwart of Devon Seniors cricket, he has toured Sri Lanka, Canada and South Africa with them. He is also heavily involved with Devon County Age Group cricket, and coached and managed Devon U15s to the U15 County Championship Final in 2018. He will be travelling to South Africa in February 2020 as Manager of a Devon Development squad. He is also a qualified Umpire, standing at Premier level in the Devon Cricket League. During the quiet winter months he runs an Indoor Cricket League at the Devon Cricket Centre.

Chris Evans

SURREY (VICE CAPTAIN)

Born and brought up in Ashford (Middlesex), now part of Surrey and has played for Ashford since the age of 11. Chris is the Club’s leading run scorer and he currently holds the record of over 19,400 Surrey Championship 1st XI runs but unlikely to reach 20,000! Has played for MCC, CCC and League representative sides but no County cricket until 50 years of age. Chris enjoys touring and has been on multiple tours with his Club and Surrey 50+ and 60+. The highlights of his career are: playing at Lords, scoring 92* at The Oval; captaining Ashford to 4th place in the Surrey Championship; winning the National Over 50s Championship in 2004 and being selected as England 60+ Vice-Captain. Awarded the B.E.M in 2015 for services to cricket. Chris is a qualified Level II coach and has coached Ashford juniors for nearly 30 years. A Project Manager with BAE System before retiring in 2015 to play more cricket.

John Foster

John Foster

SHROPSHIRE (CAPTAIN)

Born in Lancashire and played junior cricket through the Lancashire youth system and in the Central Lancashire League against the likes of Garry Sobers and Joel Garner before moving to Shropshire in 1979. Former President, now Trustee of Shrewsbury Cricket Club, having played for them for 30 years winning the National Club Championship in 1983. Captained Shropshire for 6 years until 1992 and played in Nat West victory against Yorkshire in 1984. Played previous ‘international’ matches for the League Cricket Conference against touring teams including Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Zimbabwe and a Rest of the World XI. Member of the MCC and Captained MCC v Ireland at Lords in 1997. Toured Australia with MCCC in 1991. Civil Engineer by profession, retired after 32 years in the water industry. Qualified coach, worked with England Women 1988-1993. Captained England 60+ in previous series against Australia in 2016, 2017 and 2019.