The SWD cricket team will travel to Bloemfontein this weekend where they will take on Free State in the Cricket South Africa Provincial challenge competition. Garry Hampson and his troops will be confident after they recorded impressive victories in both the three and one day matches against Namibia in their last round of matches.
They showed the ability to build a good first innings score in their search for bonus points which are vital in the three day competition. Gurshwin Rabie, who leads the bowling attack, will be keen to dismiss the opposition soon. Lonwabo Rodolo looked impressive with the ball in his debut season for SWD and he will be keen to get a foot in the door of the Warriors franchise team. The batting unit on paper looks formidable but 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.
With SWD well positioned as a strong contender to win the one day competition a victory in Sunday’s match will be high on their aspirations for the weekend. The team will admit that they underperformed last season in the limited over format but they do have the potential to clinch a victory on Sunday.
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. With the two in-form players – Waldo Lategan (exams) and Luthando Mnyanda (released by the Warriors franchise) the selectors were able to select the strongest possible team for the important match.
The SWD-team for the weekend is: Ross McMillan (capt), Luthando Mnyanda, Adrian McLaren, Waldo Lategan, Glen Addicot, Brendon Louw, Sammy-Joe Avontuur, , Gareth Dukes, Marcello Piedt, Lonwabo Rodolo and Gurshwin Rabie. Pieter Stuurman, Kobus Scholtz and Glenton Stuurman will be added to the one day squad.