When it was realised that Stuart MacGill would be unavailable for Nottinghamshire in the early part of the 2003 season, South African international Elworthy was engaged to fill the gap.
He proved a most useful substitute. In his five first-class games he scored 179 runs, average 22.37 and took 20 wickets, averaged 31.35. In addition he appeared in three Sunday League matches taking seven wickets, averaged 19.14, including four for 41 against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.
Born in Bulawayo on February 23, 1965, Elworthy moved to South Africa as a teenager and represented Transvaal Schools in 1983/84. His first-class debut came for Transvaal B against Natal B in 1987/88, but he did not obtain a place in the South Africa Test side until he toured England with 1998 team.
His single Test on that visit was at Trent Bridge. He appeared a second time for South Africa on their 1998/99 tour of New Zealand. However, his most notable performances at international level have been in One Day matches, in particular during the 1999 World Cup in England.
South Africa reached the semi-finals of that tournament before going out to Australia on fewer wickets after their match had been tied. It is still considered one of the most exciting ODIs ever staged.
Elworthy also played a single season with Lancashire in 1996 and later became a prominent administrator with the ECB.