Ed’s England delight at being selected for Over 60 World Cup

GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S Ed Gordon Lennox has been named in an 18-player England squad for the Over 60 World Cup due to be staged in India next year.

The 62-year-old has also been asked to act as Vice Captain as England bid for glory in the 14-team event in Chennai from February 12 to March 5.

Ed, who helped England defeat Australia during the summer to secure the Grey Ashes, says he is delighted to be preparing for what is sure to be a memorable trip.

He said: “It’s a privilege and an honour to be selected. Injury prevented me from playing in the the previous World Cup in 2022 in Australia, so it’s very exciting to be asked to take part in this one. Pakistan are the holders after beating New Zealand in the final, and five or six sides are probably contenders this time round.”

England go into the tournament on the back of a terrific run of success in 2023 which began with winning the Carib Cup at the start of the year before triumphing in the Grey Ashes and then sharing the Canada Cup with Australia.

Ed, whose home club is Tarbarrow, near Cirencester, added: “I’m really looking forward to going. I’ve never played cricket in India, and that’s one of the great attractions.

Ultimately though, it’s all about the depth of our squad, getting fit enough and finding the best way of playing in what are likely to be very different conditions.”

England will open their bid for success against New Zealand on February 19 ahead of facing Canada, USA, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Rest of the World in an intense 10-day period.

The second group features Pakistan, Australia, Wales, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and West Indies.

Finals day will take place on March 3.

Image courtesy Ian Rice

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