After licking our wounds from the amazing Welsh victory two days previously it was time to get back onto our bicycle and pedal over to Eastnor Castle which is situated in the rolling green hills of Herefordshire. There farmers, cricketers and brown bulls happily cohabit whilst patiently waiting for something to happen.

Before making something to happen in Herefordshire the team decided to peruse the annals of monastic passion on the way to the forum. Deerhurst is a village near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire England on the eastern bank of the River Severn and nestled there on a small pimple of land is the priory church of St Mary or Odetta’s Chapel. Built by the Saxons it’s origins date from 804. In 1016 after King Canute defeated Edmund Ironside, the two met in the church to divide England into North and South. However in true Game of Throne style Edmund soon died mysteriously and Canute ruled the place thereafter. To celebrate the Game of Thrones TV show the team had many suitable photos taken.

We then pedalled to Tewkesbury the site of the famous Tewkesbury Abbey originally a monastery which was saved from the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII after being bought by the townspeople for the price of the lead on the roof to use as their parish church. As we entered the Abbey the team was very impressed with their special Australian 050s cricketer’s welcome with a unique performance from the Abbey’s choir who just happened to stay on for a local wedding. The more culturally based members wanted to visit the Black Bear the oldest public house in Gloucestershire dating back to 1308 but we turned right at that corner and wandered onto our playground for the day in the front yard of Eastnor castle.

The Castle is a 19th-century mock or revival castle, two miles from the town of Ledbury and was built in 1812-20 by John Cocks, 1st Earl Somers as his stately home. It was constructed at a cost of £85,000, the equivalent of approximately £26 to £28 million at 2007 prices which makes

it something akin to what Mal Coleman presently lives in.

In terms of celebrity events in addition to the Australian 050s team playing there today, the film One More Time, starring Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis, Jr and directed by Jerry Lewis was shot there and the band Slade in 1984 used it for their video “Run Runaway” which is one of the team’s favourite videos whilst they are asleep.

The Australian team was Tim Pellen (C); Geoff Doyle;Fabian Heaton wk; Peter Judd; Gordon McGurk; Steve Moore; David Crocker; Ross Belstead; Wayne Miles; Noel Raymond;.The terms of engagement were 45 overs; 4 in the circle; Australians recycle on 45; Reasonable balls down the leg not wides.


Australia won the toss and batted first. Openers Geoff Doyle and Noel Raymond started cautiously after the opening bowler for the home side broke down bowling the second ball of the game. Oh at our age we should warm up!

The visitors kept at the task and after 45 overs scored 9-232.The star was Gordon McGurk who blazed 62 off 43 balls. His driving on both sides of the wicket was pure class. He was ably supported by Peter Judd 36 off 49 balls; Geoff Doyle 36 off 38 balls and Fabian Heaton 26 off 30 balls. The best bowlers for the home side were Steve Docker 4-45 and Mike Bradford 3-33 with Australian substitute fielder Mal Coleman taking 2 brilliant diving catches for them in the deep. He was obviously angling for a complimentary Herefordshire cricket shirt.

Herefordshire began briskly and at 2-168 were heading for an easy victory.

However the Aussies had other ideas. Again slowing the ball delivery 2 wickets fell at 168 and 169 and then the locals lost all momentum. They scored 17 in the last 4 overs and victory belonged to a determined Australian side when the home team ended with 6-210 some 22 runs shy.

Andy Robertson remained 77 no off 73 balls while Trevor Whitehouse made 46. Steve Moore was the best Australian bowler although Dave Crocker 1-25; Peter Judd 1-38 and Wayne Miles 0-28 deserve special praise for the 3rd victory in 4 games.