The SWD cricket team pulled-off a nail-biting victory on Sunday when they beat Namibia by four wickets with only four balls to spare in a CSA Provincial Challenge match in Windhoek.
Winning the toss and elected to bat, Namibia was in big trouble at 67/5 in the 24th over but a captain’s innings by Craig Williams (111; 114 balls, 1×6, 10×4) allowed them the score 105 runs in the last ten overs to finish on 233/8 after their allotted 50 overs. Lonwabo Rodolo (3/45) and Gurshwin Rabie (3/46) were the pick of the SWD bowlers.
A partnership of 79 runs between the captain, Ross McMillan (72; 92 balls; 1×6, 3×4) and the debutant Hanno Kotze (44; 78 balls, 1×6, 4×4) gave SWD a strong start but they lost some momentum in the middle overs. Pieter Stuurman (43; 29 balls, 2×6, 3×4) however turned the match in SWD’s favour after they scored 67 runs from the last ten overs – of which thirty was from the last 14 balls to secure a nail-biting victory.
This victory allow SWD to leapfrogged to the 4th position on the CSA One Day log – 10 points after 3 matches and well position to be in the run for the trophy.