Dawson smashes SA to opening Over-50s victory

Alan Dawson in action (pic credit: MatchPixSA)
Alan Dawson in action (pic credit: MatchPixSA)

Alan Dawson smashed an unbeaten 69 from just 35 balls, with captain Dave Callaghan and fellow Eastern Cape batsman Dave Duncan contributing half centuries as South Africa’s Veterans opened their Evergreen Lifestyle Over-50s World Cup campaign with a thumping 193-run victory against minnows Wales at Cape Town Cricket Club on Wednesday.

South Africa’s total of 253-5 was a long way over par on a slow scoring ground, and the Welshmen were quickly despatched for just 60 in 23.1 overs.

Dawson struck three fours and six sixes, with a staggering 48 runs coming from the last 11 balls he faced .with leg-spinner Iwan Rees bearing the brunt of the assault in conceding 28 from the penultimate over of the innings.

The former WP and Proteas all-rounder, who played two Tests and 19 ODIs and was part of the 1999 World Cup squad, has not played any cricket for 10 years until this season, but looked almost as good as did when he retired from First-Class cricket 13 years ago.

Duncan (57) and former Protea Callaghan (52) laid a laid a steady platform in the middle overs on a typically slow, end-of-season pitch following a bright start from Warne Rippon (33 from 27 balls) and Mlungisi ‘Lefty’ Ngece (24 from 28).

56-year-old leg-spinner Bruce ‘Cooky’ Wilson, at 56 the oldest player in the squad, bowled with immaculate control to take 4-9 after giant Rodney Malamba (2-16) had struck twice with the new ball. Border stalwart Ngece (2-6) finished the match with his left-arm spinners.

The only bad news for the home side was a strained calf muscle for another former Protea, opening batsman Louis Koen, which forced him to retire hurt.

The SA Veterans’ next match is against England at Wynberg Boys High on Friday.

** In other matches today, England thrashed India by 8-wickets, New Zealand beat the West Indies by 36 runs, Pakistan beat Namibia by 177 runs, defending champions Australia were too strong for Zimbabwe, prevailing by seven wickets, and Canada caused an upset with a 5-wicket win against Sri Lanka.

By Neil Manthorp