Charl Willoughby, the South Africa and Somerset left-arm seamer, was one of eight cricketers robbed at gunpoint in a restaurant near their Johannesburg hotel. The players from the Cobras team, playing Titans at Benoni, were dining at a Nandos outlet at Croydon on the East Rand on Saturday night when three armed robbers dressed in Chubb security guard uniforms stormed into the restaurant, ordering the players and four other customers to lie flat on the floor with their valuables beside them. The players involved were Willoughby, Vernon Philander, the Cobras captain Con de Lange, Dominique Telo, Andrew Puttick, Alistair Gray, Henry Davids and Robert van der Ross. After the robbery the players were pushed into a fridge.
Charlie says: Fortunately no one was injured. Andrew Hall, the South Africa and Kent all-rounder, could easily have been killed at a cash point in Johannesburg nine years ago when a mugger fired six shots at him with a pistol from close range. Four bullets missed, one hit him on the hand and another grazed his head.