Despite a superb effort with the bat from Alan Dawson, South Africa were well-beaten by England in the Over-50 Cricket World Cup final at Newlands in Cape Town on Monday.
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According to the Club Cricket SA website, Dawson hit 82 from 77 balls, but the hosts went down by 65 runs in a rain-shortened game.
England, who also beat South Africa earlier in the tournament by three wickets at Groot Drakenstein Games Club, made 267/8 in their 40 overs, before restricting South Africa to 202/8 in 40 overs.
Giles Ecclestone was England’s star with the bat, scoring 120 off 103 balls.
Dawson took two wickets for South Africa, while Martyn Gidley and Richard Cooper took three wickets each for England.
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When all was said and done, Dawson ended as South Africa’s leading wicket-taker at the tournament with 13 in seven matches, while Brandon Nash was the hosts’ top run-scorer with 298 in six innings.
AUSTRALIA WERE THE DEFENDING OVER-50 CRICKET WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS
Cricket fans will remember Dawson, now 53, as a swing bowler who was a stalwart for Western Province in the 1990s and early 2000s. He also played two Tests and 19 ODIs for the Proteas.
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South Africa and England beat New Zealand and the USA, respectively, in the semi-finals. New Zealand then beat USA in the third-place playoff.
This was England’s first Over-50 World Cup title. Australia were the defending champions having won the 2018 edition.
The 2020 event was cut short due to Covid-19.
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