3rd Apr 2024



Facilities superb, organisation first class, Table Mountain backdrop & grounds stunning, hospitality magnificent, family orientation, food & accommodation outstanding !!


The Birtwisle, Hewison & Wightman families, Linda & David Cragg really enjoyed one or two weeks of this inaugural over 40 World Cup tournament at various grounds in Cape Town between 18th February & 2nd March 2024. Five group games before semi finals & a final.


On the field SNCC were represented by Simon Birtwisle (played 4/7), Chris Hewison (5/7) & Jonny Wightman (5/7). All three played in the opening victory over Zimbabwe, Simon (9), Chris (49), Jonny (1-22). A chest infection prevented Simon from playing until the fourth group game, but Chris followed up with 47 v USA in the 97 run victory.


Jonny 2-46 in round 3 against Namibia in an 8 wicket win. It was hot, Jonny bowled well. Round 4 saw the eagerly awaited 'Ashes' clash between England & Australia. An exciting game & an engaged crowd saw England win by just 2 runs with Chris taking a very good catch in the last over, Jonny 0-28.


In round 5 Canada were comfortably defeated by 9 wickets, Simon 2-7 & 5 + a SN run out SJB/CJH.


In the semi final, against eventual winners South Africa, Simon & Jonny were selected, an in form Chris, surprisingly not. England chose to bowl, Jonny 6-2-21-1 as the hosts scored steadily reaching 224-9 (45o). In England's chase Simon (15) was caught with the score at 69-2 in the 13th. This became 87-5 as Nick Compton (0), Darren Stevens (11) & Garry Park (2) all succumbed to Jaco Castle. Despite Steve Naylor (71) & Mo Akhtar (49) scoring well, England ended 17 runs short.


The third place game against Australia went the way of Australia by 5 wickets. Five down for 64, Chris (12), the England innings stuttered to 174-9 (45o), Jonny 10* in his only innings.  Australia 8-2, then 119-5 cruised to their target in the 43rd over, Jonny 1-18.


So a memorable tournament ended in something of an anticlimax, played 7, won 5, lost 2.


Nonetheless our congratulations go to Simon, Chris & Jonny for their selection & performances, adding most grateful thanks to the families who travelled to support them. The club are very proud that Simon, Chris & Jonny were selected & then performed admirably. 


Another O40 World Cup is at the planning stage, there may be more to come !


Scorecard summaries.


19/2 England v Zimbabwe (Western Province CC)

           Zimbabwe 149 ao (37.2o) JRW 5-1-22-1

           England 151-5 (35.1o) SJB 9, CJH 49.

           WON by 5 wickets.


20/2 England v USA (Roddam House School)

           England 263-5 (40o) CJH 47.

           USA 166 ao (32o)

           WON by 97 runs.


22/2 England v Namibia (Milnerton High School)

           Namibia 164 ao (35.3o) JRW 5-1-46-2

           England 165-2 (23o)

           WON by 8 wickets.


23/2 England v  Australia (Rondebosch CC)

           England 201 ao (43.4o) CJH 11.

           Australia 199 ao (45o) JRW 5-0-28-0 CJH 1 catch.

           WON by 2 runs.


25/2 England v Canada (Green Point CC)

           Canada 128 ao (34,1o) SJB 2-7, 1 run out SJB/CJH

           England 134-1 (34.2o) SJB 5, CJH dnb.

           WON by 9 wickets.


27/2 England v South Africa (Green Point CC) semi final.

           South Africa 224-9 (45o) JRW 6-2- 40-1

           England 207 ao (45o) SJB 15

           LOST by 17 runs.


29/2 England v Australia (Claremont CC) 3rd place play off.

           England 174-9 (45o) CJH 12, JRW 10*

           Australia 176-5 (42.1o) JRW 5-0-18-1.

           LOST by 5 wickets.


South Africa defeated New Zealand by 6 wickets in the final.


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