Former Boland and Proteas swing bowler Henry Williams may well be one of the fittest – and fastest – bowlers amongst any of the 12 teams set to contest the Over-50s World Cup starting in Cape Town on March 11, and he is not intending to ‘hold back.’
The Over-50 World Cup will be held in and around Cape Town from March 11 with the final at Newlands on March 24.
Unlike some of the veterans from around the world Williams has barely stopped being involved at first-class level and has remained bowling-fit as coach of the Boland provincial team ever since retiring from first-class cricket in 2004.
‘I’m still bowling at between 125 and 130 kilometres an hour, still swinging it and definitely still enjoying my bowling. I played a club game this weekend and there were some youngsters who raised an eyebrow that an old guy like me could still trouble them,’ Williams said this week.
‘Of course we should be playing for the enjoyment of the game, that’s why we all started. But we will be playing in a World Cup, representing our country, and none of us has lost the competitive edge, so I have no intention of holding back on the field. We play to win – we can make new friends afterwards.’
Williams played 89 first-class games for Boland claiming 276 wickets and also seven ODIs for the Proteas.