Market Deeping CC ace Andrews captains England Veterans

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Market Deeping Cricket Club player Nick Andrews enjoyed a day to remember on Monday as he skippered his country for the first time and claimed the wicket of a former West Indian Test player.

Nick Andrews, 62, captained England Over 60s in a Test match against Barbados during a two-week tour of the Caribbean island.

It’s been the best tour I’ve been on by far.

Nick Andrews

Andrews scored 25 in a low-scoring game and then captured the prize wicket of former West Indian Test player Collis King.

King smashed the England bowling attack in the 1979 World Cup Final at Lord’s.

Barbados won the game by three wickets to force a 1-1 draw in a two-game series.

But it wasn’t individual success that lead Andrews to enthuse about the ‘best cricketing experience of his life’.

“I’ve been playing cricket for over 50 years, but this was the highlight of all that time,” Andrews said.

“I’ve played against Australia in a one-off Ashes Test, but to spend two weeks in a place that I’d never visited to play some excellent cricket with some great blokes and against some quality players was the most amazing experience.

“Collis King uses a railway sleeper for a bat and hits the ball very hard so to get him out in one game was very pleasing.”

The next aim for Andrews is to make the England team for an Over 60s Ashes contest against Australia this summer.