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OI to Captain England Over-40s Cricket Team in South Africa

Chris Swallow (OI 1988-00) plays cricket for Copdock & Old Ipswichians in the East Anglian Premier League and has been selected to captain the England team for the IMC Over-40s World Cup.
24 Oct 2023
Alumni News

The tournament is taking place in Cape Town in South Africa in February 2024.

The 45-overs-a-side tournament, which will be played with a pink ball, will run from 17th February until 1st March with the 12 teams split into two groups of six.

England have been drawn in Group A alongside Australia, Namibia, Canada, Zimbabwe and the USA, with hosts South Africa in Group B with Wales, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India and the UAE.

Chris, who was appointed England skipper ahead of a series of trial matches during the summer of 2023 said, “I had never made it to professional cricket and the opportunity to represent your country is the pinnacle in any sport."

“Winning the One-Day Trophy with Suffolk at Lord’s and winning the league with Copdock are also highlights, but I think leading England out in a World Cup will be hard to beat.” 

Chris represented Suffolk for 15 years in the Minor Counties competition, including a victorious one-day final at Lords as well as skippering the MCC in various Secretaries matches and tours abroad. He said, “My biggest achievement to date is definitely being asked to skipper England Over-40s and I am both excited and honoured to lead the side into a World Cup Campaign.” 

“A couple of years ago my brother, Ian Swallow (OI 1991-02) captained England’s Over-35s hockey team -  the two of us have done well, just later in life than most!”

Good luck Chris!


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