A POWYS cricketer heading to South Africa next year to represent Wales in the inaugural Over 40’s Cricket World Cup has made an impassioned plea for sponsorship.

Dylan McPhee says a lack of financial backing for the Welsh team and players threatens to limit their participation and could hinder the growth of the game in Wales.

The 47-year-old Builth Wells Cricket Club star made his Wales bow at over 40s level in May, in a one-day international against England, having trained hard through last winter.

The talented sportsman, who used to play Welsh Premier League football for hometown club Rhayader Town, as well as Carmarthen Town, has impressed selectors in recent months and will fly out with his compatriots to take part in the tournament, being played in Cape Town, from February 17 to March 1.

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McPhee described his selection as a “dream come true” but says that despite Welsh cricket being “rich in tradition and talent”, it often goes under-represented on the global stage due to limited funding and support.

“Our Wales Over 40s cricket team, a testament to skill and dedication, faces the challenge of self-funding to compete internationally,” said McPhee.

“This year, we aim to showcase our talent at the World Cup in South Africa, but financial constraints threaten to limit participation.

“Imagine the potential talent left unseen, the stories untold and the national pride unshared due to these financial barriers.

“The lack of adequate sponsorship not only hinders the growth of Welsh master’s cricket but also misses the chance to inspire the next generation of players.

County Times:  Dylan McPhee (bottom row, far right) lines up for Wales on debut against England in May. Dylan McPhee (bottom row, far right) lines up for Wales on debut against England in May. (Image: Sarah McPhee)

“By joining us on this journey, your business will not only gain international exposure but also align with values of sportsmanship, heritage and community spirit.

Wales are pooled in a tough-looking Group B with hosts South Africa, New Zealand, India, the UAE and Sri Lanka, with the games coming thick and fast.

McPhee and Co open their tournament on February 19 against South Africa, finishing with Sri Lanka on February 25; the final is at Western Province Cricket Club on March 1.

If any individuals or businesses are interested in sponsoring McPhee personally, or the Welsh team, you can message him privately on Facebook or email him at dylan1976.dm@gmail.com.

Alternatively, visit the Wales senior cricket team website at https://walesseniorscricket.com/sponsor/.