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Player Profile: Craig Lyons


Craig Lyons is a top-order batsman and wicket-keeper who played First-Class cricket in England for Oxford and Colts cricket for Transvaal in South Africa.


He attended King Edward VII School in Johannesburg before studying at the University of the Witwatersrand and Oxford University in England.


Lyons has led numerous teams since school days and currently captains the Old Edwardians Over-40s side and Oppenheimer XI, which comprises of retired First-Class and Test cricketers. He has represented South Africa at cricket at the Maccabi Games in Israel, win gold on two occasions.


He is the only half-centurion to score a hundred in the Premier league in Johannesburg, with career highlights including recently scoring a hundred at the magnificent Dharamsala Cricket Ground in the majestic Himalayas against a first-class bowling attack.


“I am privileged to still be playing cricket and other competitive sports into my 50s. Being selected as captain of Gauteng Lions Veterans side and recently being awarded my cap to represent the Proteas Over-50s in the World Cup in Cape Town 2023 is a true honour and privilege.”


Nickname: Lyonsie


Favourite shot: Cover-drive


Favourite cricketer: Viv Richards


Toughest bowlers faced: Allan Donald/Shane Warne


Picture courtesy of Goolam Taliep

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