England call-up for Deeping cricketer

SPORT: Cricket - Hunts Over-50s at Barnack CC'Nick Andrews batting
SPORT: Cricket - Hunts Over-50s at Barnack CC'Nick Andrews batting

Deeping cricketer Nick Andrews is celebrating an England call-up... at the age of 62.

The golden oldie will swap South Lincs Division One cricket with Market Deeping CC, for an international fixture between England Over 60s and Scotland Seniors in Durham early next month.

It’s not a first cap for the off-spinning all-rounder. He played in a veterans Ashes clash against Australia in 2012.

Andrews is a regular in the Hunts Over 50s and over 60s side. His form in both age groups led to his call-up to a side which also features Ray Swann, the father of former England player Graeme Swann, and a coach at Oundle School.

Andrews took four wickets as top-of-the-table Deeping seconds beat local rivals Spalding seconds by two wickets in a league match last weekend.

There will be a taste of top class cricket closer to home over the Bank holiday weekend when Empingham Cricket Club host an ECB Women’s County Cricket Championship match.

The Rutland club will host the Leicestershire & Rutland women who will take on Scotland in Division Three of the county championships.

Earlier this month the county’s women’s team were beaten by four wickets by the Netherlands.

Leicestershire and Rutland were all out for 204 and the Dutch team just chased down the target set for them with less than two overs to spare.

An earlier victory in Division Three against Hampshire means they sit in fourth place in the league.

The game will take place on Monday from 11am and spectators are welcome to attend for free.

There will be a range of refreshments available.

Securing a fixture of this magnitude is a real coup for the village club and a true testament of the sterling work done by groundsman Mal Smith.

He has helped transform the Exton Road square over the last five years, which is now considered one of the best in the county.