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Lowestoft cricketer poised for England

PUBLISHED: 10:36 29 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:50 06 July 2010

TWO Norfolk cricketing veterans are preparing to make their England debuts.

And while national selector Geoff Miller is not bolstering his Ashes squad with some extra experience, the pair - Martin Pearse and Paul Rice - will be appearing for England Over-60s against Wales on Thursday.

TWO Norfolk cricketing veterans are preparing to make their England debuts.

And while national selector Geoff Miller is not bolstering his Ashes squad with some extra experience, the pair - Martin Pearse and Paul Rice - will be appearing for England Over-60s against Wales on Thursday.

Pearse and Rice have formed a formidable opening partnership batting for Norfolk's O50 and O60 sides over the past 10 years and they will line up together in the first O60 international to be staged in the United Kingdom. The match will be played at Liphook, Hampshire and it is hoped there will be a return fixture at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, later this year.

Representing his country is not a new experience for Pearse, who has played squash for England. Having moved to Norfolk in 1991, he played for Cromer until 1998 and he is the longest serving MCC playing cricketer, now into his 45th season.

Among his cricketing successes is a century during an MCC match v Stamford School in 1983 - a game in which England and Yorkshire opener Geoff Boycott made just five! Pearse keeps a signed memento and press cutting from that game in his office.

Rice captained the Lowestoft side which won the Norfolk Alliance and the Carter Cup in the early 1980s. He played for Suffolk and was part of the county's side which came within a whisker of a shock victory against a Sussex team including Imran Khan in the Gillette Cup in 1979. He also played a season for Norfolk before giving up cricket in favour of cycling, until Pearse tempted him back to play for the O50s in 1999.

Pearse created a Norfolk Seniors record of 1,004 runs in 16 championship matches last season, hitting 616 runs for the O60s and 388 for the O50s, while Rice scored 224 runs, at an average of 56, in the 60+ Championship.

And the pair's good form has continued this season, as they put together an opening stand of 157 for Norfolk against Hertfordshire in the O60s Championship this week.

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