The South African Veterans Cricket team started the Over-50 World Cup being played in Cape Town, with a good 193 run win against Wales at the Cape Town Cricket Club on Wednesday.

Batting first the Proteas scored 253 for 5 in their 45 overs, with captain Dave Callaghan scoring 52, Dave Duncan 57, while Alan Dawson top scored with an unbeaten 69 that included 6 sixes.

Wales were all out for 60, with leg spinner Bruce Wilson, a former Claremont and Western Province Cricket Club stalwart, taking 4 for 9.

In the audio below, Callaghan says it was great being out in the middle again and he was actually more concerned about getting injured, after Louis Koen had to leave the field early in the game with damaged ligaments:

While the 55-year-old Callaghan says their bodies may not be as young as they once were, they are still a competitive bunch.

Callaghan says that the spirit of the game is very much alive in the veterans game.

He says that the team is incredibly proud to represent the country, and wear the Protea badge with honour.

And it is not just the former international players like Callaghan, Koen, Dawson, Pieter Strydon and Henry Williams.  Callaghan says players like Wilson and Duncan help make this team competitive.

The South Africans are back in action on Friday, when they play England at Wynberg Boys High School. – Report by Rob Delport