SWD Cricket News


Heavy rainfalls in Durban prevented a result in the Cricket South Africa Provincial Three Day competition match between KwaZulu Natal and South Western Districts that was played over the weekend. The match ended in a draw after only 87 overs was bowled during the first two days – no play was possible on the third and last day. 

SWD, which was put in to bat managed to score 238 (all out) courtesy of a brilliant century by Christiaan Jonker. His innings of 129 (183 balls; 3×6, 14×4) pushed his total of runs in the competition to 466 after six innings’ in which he scored two centuries and two fifties. He is leading the batting averages with 93.20. Jonker, was well supported by Brendon Louw (37; 80 balls, 5×4), in a partnership of 94 runs for the fifth wicket. KZN was on 38/1 when bad light stopped play on day two. SWD, at 60.1 match points after 4 matches, is still leading the CSA Three Day Challenge log positions – 12 points clear of Gauteng. 

The Twenty20 match was a nail biting affair and was tied after both teams scored 138/7. For SWD, who was put in to bat Waldo Lategan (40), Pieter Stuurman (24), Sammy-Joe Avontuur (22) and Burton de Wett (20) made useful contributions with the bat. KZN, scored 13 runs in the last over to share the spoils. Kobus Scholtz (3/29 in 4) was the most impressive SWD bowler. 



The SWD Cricket Board excelled at the SWD Sport Council Regional Awards function that was recently held in George. Rudy Claassen, President (on the right) received the Administrator of the Year Award whilst the SWD Cricket Board was awarded the Sport Federation of the Year Award. Angus Roelfse (centre), SWDCB Executive member received the trophy on behalf of the SWDCB. On the left is Shael Laminie, SWDCB Treasurer with the Club Excellence and Resilience Award that was awarded to Thembalethu Cricket Club.


With all players available for selection the SWD U/19 will be on full strength when they take on Boland in a CSA Provincial U/19 Three Day match this weekend. The two teams will log horns at the Recreation Ground from Friday in a match that will test the strength of youth cricket in the two neighbouring provinces. 

SWD, who was victories with a convincing victory over Border a month ago will be led by Kobus Scholtz – a player that showed tremendous progress over the last twelve months. The batting department will, with Scholtz, also have Bradley Carolus, Ruan Stander and Gurshwin Sparks in their midst whilst SA Colts player, Marcello Piedt with Josh Peters, Rudi van Vuuren, Otniel Baartman and the leg-breaker Lance Roelfse will be tested as bowlers against a solid Boland batting line-up. Boland itself has a formidable bowling attack in Jan Frylinck and Lezaad Williams. 

The SWD team is Kobus Scholtz (capt), Gurshwin Sparks, Bradley Carolus, Ruan Stander, Keagan Fortuin, Stephan Gouws, Marcello Piedt, Josh Pieters, Jurie van Vuuren, Otniel Baartman, Lance Roelfse and Louis Droomer (12th man).

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