A brilliant innings of 190 by Christiaan Jonker was the highlight in SWD’s rain affected draw against Namibia in Windhoek over the past weekend. More than 80 overs were lost in the match due to rain and bad light. The run scoring middle order batsman, who faced 196 deliveries and hit 9×6 and 13×4, thereby also surpassed his own record for the highest first class score for SWD (173; versus Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth) which he made earlier this season. With five matches left, he is the top aggregated runs scorer in the competition – 821 runs (average 68.4) with three hundreds and three fifties.
In the three day match SWD won the toss and elected to bat first.
A 115 runs partnership for the 7th wicket between Jonker and Kobus Scholtz (25) as well as a valuable contribution from Waldo Lategan (52; 1×6, 3×4) gave SWD a solid first innings total of 352 (all out). Wessel Hartslief (2/30), Ross McMillan (4/34) and Burton de Wett (3/32) were in fine form asNamibiawas dismissed for only 164 in their first innings – a deficit of 188 runs.Namibia, at 54/4, was in early trouble in their follow-on innings but an unbroken partnership between Gerrie Snyman (78*) and Raymond van Schoor (46*) took them to 129/4 at close of play on the third day to secure a draw.
In the limited over match SWD taste success with a five wicket victory.Namibia, who batted first, escaped from 92/7 and was eventually bowled out in the 49th over for 189. Rhupino Plaatjies (2/37), Douglas Baartman (2/33), McMillan (4/25) and Christo van Schalkwyk (2/28). A unbroken 111 runs partnership between Lategan (59*) and Pieter Stuurman (47*) secured the victory for SWD. Jonker (37) again made a valuable contribution.