Goodwin, Patadia top of the pops
Murray Goodwin and Himanshu Patadia were the top performing batsman and bowler during the group stages of the ongoing Over-50s Cricket World Cup.
Goodwin, a former Test, ODI and T20 player for Zimbabwe with more than 40 000 professional runs to his name, was the standout batsman with 377 runs at an average of 75.40, a strike-rate of 87.3, and a highest score of 122.
That is 113 more than the second best batsman, England’s Naseer Ahmed, who got 264 runs at 66.
Elegant West Indian left-hander Sunil Dhaniram (247) was third, followed by Andrew Hore (242) of New Zealand and South Africa’s Brandon Nash, who got his 231 runs in two innings less than the others.
World Cup rookies the USA are surprise semifinalists, and key to their progress was the wickets of Patadia. He picked up 12 at an average of 13 and an economy-rate of 3.44, with best figures of 4/22 against Canada.
Canada’s Bede Anandappa is next on the list with 11 wickets at 13.73 each, while Pakistan duo Muhammad Jaffer Qureshi and Naeem Tayyab, along with India’s Iqbal Khan, got 10 each.
Overall, there were 12 527 runs scored in the group stages of the Evergreen Lifestyle-sponsored tournament to go with 526 wickets taken. Almost 1 050 fours were hit to go with 196 sixes, while nine centuries and 54 half-centuries were scored .
About Evergreen Lifestyle
The 2023 Over-50s Cricket World Cup will once again be sponsored by Evergreen Lifestyle, South Africa’s premium retirement brand with seven operating villages in the Western Cape and Gauteng, and a further six in the pipeline. The business began with a vision to change the retirement landscape in South Africa, offering a partnership for life based on five key pillars: physical security, financial peace of mind, continuous care, a sense of community and exceptional hospitality.
You’ll find Evergreen’s award-winning retirement villages in the most beautiful parts of the country, at the end of sun dappled country lanes, perched on majestic mountain slopes, and within walking distance of our beaches, rivers, and wetlands. And you’ll find vibrant fun-loving communities enjoying the finer things in life – like good food, great company, lasting friendships, and a sense of belonging that is enabled by the resort-style facilities and amenities on offer.