The aspirations of the SWD senior team to win their first trophy reach a crucial stage this weekend when they will play North West at the REC Ground in Oudtshoorn. It will be the first of three home games in a row and the men from the Southern Cape will be hungry for success. Griqualand West (119.50 after 9 matches) are currently the log leaders followed by SWD (106.32 after 8 matches) and Gauteng 100.44 after 8 matches).
North West, who won their last two matches in the competition, will therefor offer a huge challenge to Ross McMillan and his team. An outright victory plus maximum bowling bonus points will reward SWD with fourteen points which will make them the new log leaders — excluding batting bonus points. With current conditions a team will at least aim at a first innings score (when batting bonus points can be accumulated) of 350 — which will be another six batting bonus points.
The SWD selectors will therefor aim to strike the perfect balance when they finalise the final eleven for this crucial game — a solid batting order and a bowling unit that can take twenty wickets in the match. The home side will be relieved of having the services of Gurshwin Rabie in their bowling attack again. He was the Warriors bowling hero the past weekend when he picked up eight wickets (four in each innings) in the Supersport match against the Knights in Port Elizabeth.
The SWD team will be selected from the following squad of players: Ross McMillan, Waldo Lategan, Burton de Wett, Christiaan Jonker, Sammy-Joe Avontuur, Brendon Louw, Pieter Stuurman, Kobus Scholtz, Wessel Hartslief, Douglas Baartman, Gurshwin Rabie, Rhupino Plaatjies, Mpho Selowa, Christo van Schalkwyk, Rian Botha, Merlin Masimela and Justin Jordaan.
The North West team is: Nicky van den Bergh, Kagiso Rapulana, Kyllin Vardhan, Rassie van den Dussen, Brett Pelser (captain), Jimmy Kgamadi, Leroy Bredenkamp, Dale Deeb, Armandt Erasmus, Dieter Klein, Johannes Diseko and Pete Furstenburg.
Play starts daily at 10:00 and entrance is free.