Koen, Dawson star in Proteas warm-up win

South Africa showed exactly why they are considered among the favourites for the Over-50s Cricket World Cup with a comfortable eight-wicket warm-up win against the West Indies on Sunday.

The Proteas have been hard at work ahead of their tournament opener against Wales on Wednesday, with head coach Allan Donald leaving no stone unturned as he searches for his best starting XI.

The game against the Windies, at Rondebosch Sports Club, would have gone a long way towards cementing his selection thoughts, with a couple of his ex-internationals showing they will be a force to be reckoned with over the next two weeks.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat, but found the going tough against the new ball pairing of Alan Dawson (5-0-10-1) and Henry Williams (5-1-16-0), with only Rajendra Sadeo (34) providing any real resistance.

Three run outs didn’t help their cause, although a 41-run sixth-wicket partnership between Rick Ali (21) and Mark Audain (36) did manage to propel them to 150/7 in the allotted 35 overs; Warne Rippon proving the most successful bowler with 2/14 off three overs.

In response, the Proteas got off to a flyer, with Louis Koen and Rippon (35*) putting on an unbeaten 79 for the first wicket, with the former particularly devastating in reaching his 50 from just 36 deliveries.

Both retired, as did Dave Duncan on 22, allowing captain Dave Callaghan (17*) to guide his side to the target with just two wickets down.

So a good foundation for the South Africans, who will have to be at their best to progress from a tough Pool B which also includes tournament favourites England and Pakistan.