ABOVE: Nev Kratzmann and Ross Chapman were a winning partnership in the second match against England at North Sydney Oval. BELOW: The Australian over-70s cricket team shake hands at the end of the series.
ABOVE: Nev Kratzmann and Ross Chapman were a winning partnership in the second match against England at North Sydney Oval. BELOW: The Australian over-70s cricket team shake hands at the end of the series. Contributed

Man of the Match goes to Chapman

CRICKET: Gympie cricketer Ross Chapman has finished with three Man of the Match awards playing for Australia against England.

Despite the personal honour, he was disappointed that his Australian cricket team lost the One Day International over-70s cricket tournament to England, 2-1.

The Australian captain said a torrential downpour forced abandonment of the first one-day match in Brisbane.

It was a disappointing finish as Australia were 2 for 172 only needing 107 runs off 90 balls to win but, England won on count back.

The Australian team looked to even the score at the next match played at North Sydney Oval.

England won the toss and were off to a good start.

England's first game centurion John Stuck was dismissed for 10 with the score at 33 after eight overs.

Tight bowling and excellent fielding by the Australians held England to 207 after the 50 overs.

Murgon's Nev Kratzmann was the pick of the Aussie bowlers with 2 for 16 off five, followed by Ken Campbell from New South Wales with 0 for 28 off 10.

Australia started slowly with the bat but when Chapman came to the crease things changed.

The Gympie veteran scored 93 not out and helped Australia reach the target in the 42nd over.

He was named Man of the Match for his efforts.

Chapman's partner, Kratzmann, scored 87 not out off 125 balls.

In the third match at Manuka Oval in Canberra, Australia won the toss and elected to bowl under a cloudy sky.

With the score on 54 after only 12 overs, England's batsman Stuck was bowled by Ross Towner for 15 with their top batsman George Fox on 35.

Towner then bowled Graham Penny for 5 in the 17th over but by then the score had reached 83.

Fox was finally out for a brilliant 87 off 68 balls with the score at 5 for 174.

Despite a steady fall of wickets, the Australians had no answer as the English continued to dominate the scoring to reach 8 for 271 after 50 overs.

In a poor display the Australian bowlers conceded 20 wides giving the English an extra three overs.

The Australian run chase began badly with Kratzmann out on the first ball in the second over.

Gary Madsen and Chapman then set about consolidating the innings with the score at 1 for 36.

Chapman was suffering from a leg injury which hampered his batting and running between wickets.

However when Madsen wasout for 39 off 46 balls, the target became harder to reach.

Ian Hammet played well for his 29 off 44 balls but when he and Chapman (38 off 88 balls) were both out in the same over, the score was 4 for 111 and all hope was lost.

This was the case as four wickets fell in Walton's seventh and final over.

He finished with 5 wickets for 4 runs with Australia all out for 156 in the 44th over.

Chapman's injury and being run out as a result, did not help but he was still awarded a third Man of the Match award by new English captain, Roger Maynard.

Walton's amazing bowling effort won him the award for England.

Chapman said after a great win at North Sydney Oval, Australia was soundly defeated in Canberra to lose the series 2 1.

"This was extremely disappointing as we were in such a good position to win the first ODI in Brisbane."