The Aussies are coming again to fight for the IFCR Ashes - Your country needs you!

We welcome to our shores once again the touring Australian IFCR squad.

The tour programme is now complete with the following itinerary in place:-

  • 4th - 6th July - Cannock - inc' an IFCR match
  • 7th - 9th July - Fordingbridge - the spiritual home of IFCR and Mike Jackson
  • 10th - 12th July - Somerset - inc' a match on the Somerset 2nd XI ground at Taunton
  • 13th - 17th July - Scotland - inc' famous Hopkins hospitality
  • 18th - 20th July - Bourne - home to our esteemed Chairman & the venue for "The Test Match"
  • 21st - 23rd - Essex - with the final game at Billericay 


NB - the cricket matches are organised by the hosting Rotary areas. These include T20 matches as well as the normal IFCR 35-over games


If any Rotarian with an interest in fellowship and cricket who would like to be part of any of these games as either a player, umpire, scorer, home host or in any other capacity, please contact the GB&I tour manager, Norman Brown  HERE



Loom below to see what occured back in 2005




As part of the UK Rotary Cricket Festival at Weston-super-Mare in June 2005, a representative side made up of some of the best Rotary cricketers in the UK took on a team from the touring Australian Rotarians.

The UK captain, Phil Stevenson (Ludlow), won the toss and decided to field.  Both teams then introduced themselves in the usual Rotary manner, and were then welcomed by the Mayor of Weston.

Veteran John Scott (Weston), playing on his home ground, and Chris Rudge (Sedgley & Wombourne ) opened the bowling and both bowled their 8 over allocation with good economy, but without a wicket, against a very strong pair of opening batsmen in Ian Robertson and Murray Napier on a very good wicket.

Against the second set of seam bowlers, the Australians tried to increase the tempo, and with accurate bowling and supported by good ground fielding, wickets started to tumble. Ian Hamilton (Stevenage ) had the first success when he bowled Napier for 37 after an opening partnership of 78 in 20 overs. The Aussie No. 3 Patrick O’Shea started aggressively, and soon after Ian Robertson was forced to retire at 40, O’Shea was also bowled by Hamilton for 20. Very tight bowling by Andy Prior (Hexham) at the other end brought reward when David Johns was bowled with the score at 121-4 in the 30th over. Dr Irfan Wahedna (Derby South) took over from Hamilton and as the Aussies tried to accelerate in their last 10 over wickets began to tumble. Irfan hit the stumps twice, and good fielding resulted in 3 run outs. Consequently, the Aussies finished at 171-8 in their 40 overs.

The UK opening batsmen, John Gallant (Great Dunmow) and Howard Johnson (Gloucester ), gave a very polished batting performance, and although the Aussie attack was tight, they played very professionally. Both were forced to retire, having reached the 40 runs barrier. Euan Stirrat (Hamilton) carried on in the same vein and he was also forced to retire at 40. The only Aussie success was the UK skipper who was caught and bowled cheaply. The final rites were provided by Ian Hamilton, who having taken 2 for 30, and scored 20 not out, was Man of the Match.

The UK side had a very clinical win with 9 overs to spare, and after the Aussie National X1 had been beaten by both Zimbabwe and Somerset in the previous week, there was plenty of high class Mickey taking!

Australia: 171-8 (Robertson 40 ret’d, Napier 37, Fricke 30

Hamilton 2-30, Irfan 2-34, Pryor 1-30, Rudge 0-26, Scott 0-30)

Great Britain 171-1 (Johnson 43 ret’d, Gallant 42 ret’d, Stirrat 41 ret’d)

G B & I X1 : Phil Stevenson (Captain) (Ludlow), John Gallant (Great Dunmow), Ian Hamilton (Stevenage), Michael Jackson (Fordingbridge), Paul Jaggers (WK) (Ilfracombe), Howard Johnson (Gloucester),Andy Prior (Hexham), Chris Rudge (Sedgley & Wombourne), John Scott (Weston-super-Mare), Euan Stirrat (Hamilton),and Irfan Wahedna (Derby South). Umpire: Ken Johnston (Heston & Isleworth)