Mark Alleyne leads strong England side

Stephen Foster
Stephen Foster

England have named their 16-man squad for the 2020 Over-50 World Cup, and it’s a formidable one that includes the world’s top-ranked Over-50s player in Stephen Foster, and former ODI player Mark Alleyne.

Former minor counties player Giles Ecclestone averaged a staggering 97.29 in his first season of Over-50s cricket in England this year, including a record-breaking 213 off 128 balls.

Close behind him on the run-scorers’ list this year were David Snellgrove, with 548 runs at 91.33 (not to mention 16 wickets at 10.06), and Sultan Mahmood (518 runs at 86.33), who forced his way into the England side with three consecutive centuries for Worcestershire within a week, and then whacked a 68-ball 102* (9 fours and 6 sixes) on his international debut against Wales.

England’s batting riches also include another newcomer in Huw Leeke, who scored 72 on his Over-50s International (O50I) debut vs Wales.

Despite having only managed 62 runs in nine O50I innings for England, Gary Loveday has retained his spot following a good season for Berkshire (442 runs at 63.14), while Mel Hussein and Scott Stratton have also made the side despite struggling for runs at the 2018 World Cup.

The pace bowling will be led by Foster (whose 23 O50I wickets, at just over 9 runs per wicket, puts him eight ahead of any other bowler in the world), Alleyne, Sean Cooper, Calvin Priest, Mo Shahnawaz and Simon Myles, with left-arm spinner Mo Fayyaz the most experienced of the slow bowlers.

In Foster, Myles, Alleyne, and Snellgrove, England have four top-class all-rounders at their disposal.

Overall, it is a well-balanced squad with plenty of experience at international level and other big matches.

England squad: Mark Alleyne (captain), Stephen Foster, Giles Ecclestone, David Snellgrove, Sultan Mahmood, Simon Myles, Huw Leeke, Mel Hussain, Jason Robinson, Andy Davis, Mehboob Eliahi, Mo Shahnawaz, Sean Cooper, Mo Fayyaz, Gary Loveday, Dave Burden.

Manager: Peter Rider

By Jim Morrison