The Trinidad and Tobago Masters Over 50 cricket team returned home from their first tour of England where they played four matches. The touring team, which comprised 16 members, won three of their four fixtures.
All matches were 35 overs per side with TT’s team featuring the majority of players close to 60 years of age, with the exception of Michael Edwards who is very agile on the team and will be celebrating his 70th birthday in November.
Their first game was played at Peppard Stoke Row Cricket Club at Hentley-on-Thames of Oxfordshire. Batting first TT Masters made 228 for the fall of two wickets. TT then limited their hosts to 202, winning by 26 runs. Opening the innings for TT were batsmen Joel Bristol and Lutchman Rampersad with the latter scoring a magnificent 115 not out.
In their second game vs Bedhampton United Cricket Club at East Sussex, Bristol, TT posted 243 for six with
Harry Hoovey’s 119 the top score and contributions from Joel Bristo, Farouk Yathali, Lutchman Rampersad, Amar Boodansingh, Gerard James, Wayne Knights, Gynandlal Ramnath and Salandy Sobers.
Bedhampton responded by making 222 runs to fall short by 21 runs with their top scorer K. Mcromick on 74 not out.
The third game was played on one of the most important ground, Royal Ascot, which is located in the vicinity of the Royal Ascot Racecourse.
Coming up against Berkshire County Club, TT struggled with the bat, closing on 168 for six wickets.
Berkshire reached their victory target with Steven Clarke run out at 35, and Jeffery Wing and Don Towsin chipping in with 83 and 27 not out respectively. TT ended their tour with a victory against Aldwick Cricket at Felpham Recreation Ground. Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador to the UK, Orville London, was present at the Royal Ascot game, greeting his compatriots and the English team who earned medals for their victory.
The TT Masters did some sight-seeing on their tour, taking a bus through London and also paid a courtesy call to the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission. The team interacted with Ambassador London for over 10 minutes and proceeded to visit the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground, touring its museum, changing room and media box.
Some members of the TT Masters who are also football fans had the opportunity to visit Stanford Bridge in London and experience the Chelsea vs Burnley Premier League game.