England’s over-60 cricket team maintained its unbeaten run on its Australian tour, but only just when it played Victoria Country in Bendigo on Tuesday.
England went into the game at All Seasons Oval in Strathdale with three wins from as many games, including a comfortable victory over the Australian over-60 team in the first Test in Canberra.
The Victoria Country over-60 team proved to be a tough nut to crack.
After winning the toss and batting, England posted 8-155 off 45 overs.
Opening batsman Martin Ivill overcame the slow outfield to make 50 retired off 81 balls, while David Bartholomew made a quickfire 20 off 19 balls.
Mandurang’s Max Scholes bowled well for Victoria Country, claiming 1-10 off six tight overs.
David Leach (2-20 off nine overs) was the pick of the Victoria Country bowlers, while Kevin Lanigan and Trevor Saker also took two wickets.
In reply, Victoria Country fell 10 runs short of snatching an upset win.
Barry Hopper made 61 not out for the home side, while Gordon Cowling added 32. Bridgewater’s Peter Scullie was third-highest scorer for Victoria Country with 14.
The highlight of the day was a hat-trick by England bowler Dave Pegg, who finished with 5-32 off six overs.
England’s tour continues in Melbourne on Friday, while the second Test is on Sunday.