The inaugural Veterans Cricket League for players over 40 kicked off in Cape Town in October 2019.
The intention is to develop veterans cricket and identify players who can be considered for future Over-50s Cricket World Cups, the first of which was held in Australia in November 2018, while the 2020 edition gets underway in Cape Town in March.
Evergreen Lifestyle and the Veterans Cricket Association of South Africa (VCASA) announced their partnership in early-October at the launch of the first local veterans cricket league for Over-40s … the Evergreen Lifestyle Cape Veterans T20 League.
Eight teams - Cape Town CC, Claremont CC, Fish Hoek CC, Green Point CC, Montrose CC, St. Augustine’s CC, Pinelands CC and Rondebosch CC - will play in the inaugural 7-round league; matches will be played using pink balls on Wednesdays from 16 October to mid-February 2020, starting at 4pm.
The initiative is part of VCASA’s objective to start similar leagues throughout South Africa in order to keep cricketers playing the game, so ensuring that they will be eligible for international veterans tournaments in the future.
It follows a similar initiative in Johannesburg, where the Wanderers Masters League kicked off in May 2019. Four teams contested the inaugural tournament - Wanderers, Pirates Cricket Club, Vagabonds and Old Edwardians, with the latter emerging champions on July 13 with a 19-run victory over Pirates in the final.