The SWD cricket team will travel to Windhoek this weekend where they will take on Namibia in the Cricket South Africa Provincial challenge competition. Garry Hampson and his troops will be desperate to record their first victory of the season in the three day campaign.
Their inability to build good first innings scores was a specific area of concern in SWD’s first two matches of the competition and is evident is their poor position on the three day log position. Bonus points are vital in the three day competition and Gurshwin Rabie, who leads the bowling attack, will be keen to dismiss the opposition soon. The batting unit needs to operate more efficiently and will be looking at a minimum first innings score of 350. A century and two half centuries from the top order will be required to take SWD to that milestone.
The predicted weather conditions will also play a role and therefor it is essential that the SWD men must be clinical in their approach and performance. Although SWD have a clean sheet against the Namibian opposition the home team cannot be underestimated – especially in Windhoek.
With the two in-form players – Waldo Lategan (exams) and Luthando Mnyanda (called-up for Warriors franchise) not available Glenton Stuurman and Hanno Kotze, two emerging talented players who were both part of the 2013 SWD Academy intake, will get an opportunity in the limited over match for their first taste of provincial cricket. The 32 year old Pieter Stuurman, who already played in 61 first class matches for SWD, will be back in the three day team as well as Kobus Scholtz.
The SWD-team for the weekend is: Ross McMillan (capt), Adrian McLaren, Glen Addicot, Brendon Louw, Sammy-Joe Avontuur, Pieter Stuurman, Kobus Scholtz, Gareth Dukes, Marcello Piedt, Lonwabo Rodolo and Gurshwin Rabie. Kotzen and Glenton Stuurman will be added to the one day squad.