Mick's Ashes Dream

Mick's Ashes Dream

Like every other teenage English cricket fan in the 1950s, Dereham’s Mick Smith dreamed of playing cricket for his country and helping them to win the Ashes. Six decades on, it looks as though his dream might just come true.


The 72 year old, self-confessed cricket nut Smith has been named in a squad of 22 to represent his country, against the visiting Australia Over 70s, in a series of three ‘Ashes Tests’ to be played in August this year.  


Smith has played regularly since boyhood, for many teams: RAF selections, the Forty Club, Beetley and Bradenham, where he is currently President. For the past 3 years, he has been part of a joint Norfolk/Suffolk Over 70s team playing in the Spitfire inter-county Championship. Apart from Worcestershire, the counties involved in this competition are largely in southern or eastern England, but the competition’s popularity is growing each year and Norfolk are hoping to field their own team in 2014.


On 16 August this year, Norfolk/ Suffolk Over 70s will also be hosting the Australian visitors at Old Buckenham CC, a game given extra significance, because this was the very ground where Jack Hobbs and an England team, invited by the Australian owner of Old Buckenham Hall, Lionel Robinson,  played a match against the all-conquering Australian tourists of 1921.


Each season, Norfolk Seniors have a full programme of league fixtures for two over 50s teams and two over 60s teams, as well as Mick’s Over 70s. They are always keen to welcome new players. Anyone who would like to extend their playing career, on beautiful grounds, in games which are competitive, but played in the right spirit, should contact Mike Banham (01953 860694) or John Ruddick (01842 827098). Anyone over 68 should contact Mick Smith (01362 694108).

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