THREE Berkshire-based players are preparing to play for England in the Over 50s Cricket World Cup being played in South Africa next month.

Wokingham 1st XI all-rounder Simon Myles will be joined by Finchampstead duo Gary Loveday and Andy Davies.

All three will be taking part in the tournament for the second time, with Loveday having skippered the side two years ago in Australia.

The captaincy is now in the hands of Mark Alleyne, the former England ODI and Gloucestershire all-rounder.

“We are all looking forward to South Africa,” said Finchampstead chairman Loveday. “I’ve played out there before with Berkshire and it’s a lovely country to play in.

“The final is at Newlands, where England recently played, so it would be great if we can get to play in that.”

The tournament, being held March 11-24, features 12 nations playing in two groups with England up against India, South Africa, Namibia, Wales and Pakistan.

Berkshire will also have links with two other teams with ex-player Neil Fusedale named in the host nation’s squad, while New Zealand include Bertie Horner, grandson of former club official Frank Orton.

Meanwhile, National Counties champions Berkshire side will be in the hands of two captains next season.

James Morris will continue to lead the team as they bid to retain the Championship and one-day titles, but wicketkeeper Stewart Davison is to take charge in T20 matches.

James will have brother Richard as his deputy, while Davison’s vice-captain is to be Luke Beaven.

Berkshire performance manager Tom Lambert says: “I’m delighted Stewart accepted the role as it’s thoroughly deserving. Since 2015, he has stood alongside me and the success the county have had simply wouldn’t have happened without his enormous influence on the squad. It will give me great personal pride to see him lead the lads out.

“James will be an extremely difficult act to follow in this format of the game, but like James, his dedication to Berkshire cricket cannot be faulted.

“Whilst having his own ideas, he will lead the side by example with the core values we expect of every player who pulls on our shirt.”