SWD make positive start to new cricket season

Hanno Kotze
Hanno Kotze

A positive batting display on the second day has earned SWD a credible draw in their Sunfoil Cup Three Day match encounter against Namibia in Walvis Bay that finished on Sunday.

Namibia, who won the toss and batted first, used 124 overs to accumulate a total of 325 in their first innings.  Marcello Piedt (2/40 in 18 overs), Lyndon Volkwyn (2/52 in 25 overs), Gurshwin Rabie (3/85 in 34 overs) and Siya Simetu (2/75 in 28 overs) were SWD successful bowlers.  Stephen Baard (114) recorded his maiden first class century for the home team.  SWD, thanks to half centuries by Luthando Mnyanda (78), Sammy-Joe Avontuur (51) and Erinn Ewerts (70) and Siyabonga Booi (53*) declared their first innings at 282/9 for a lead of 57 runs.

In their second innings Namibia was again in a very defensive mode and with their score at 131/7 (after 64 overs) the captains shook hands and settle for a draw.  Booi (2/13), Rabie (2/39) and Volkwyn (2/35) each bagged two wickets.

The summarized score sheets are:

Namibia vs South Western Districts

NAMIBIA 1ST INNINGS 325 (Stephen Baard 114, H N Ya France 83, J P Kotze 39, Gurshwin Rabie 3/85, Lyndon Volkwyn 2/52, Marcello Piedt 2/40, Siya Simetu 2/75)

SWD 1ST INNINGS 382/9 declared (Luthando Mnyanda 78 (107 balls; 9×4; 2×6), Erinn Ewerts 70 (83 balls; 7×4; 1×6), Siya Booi 53* (111 balls; 7×4), Sammy-Joe Avontuur 51 (109 balls; 5×4; 1×6), Marcello Piedt 42 (45 balls 5×4; 1×6),

Waldo Lategan 38 (63 balls; 5×4), S F Burger 3/83, Pikkie Ya France 2/29, Burgert Scholtz 2/94) NAMIBIA 2ND INNINGS 131/7 (Stephen Baard 36, S F Burger 35*, Siya Booi 2/13, Gurshwin Rabie 2/39, Lyndon Volkwyn 2/35)

Match Drawn

A brilliant 4th wicket partnership between Hanno Kotze and Brendon Louw secured a 6 wicket victory for SWD in their Cricket South Africa Twenty20 Challenge match against Namibia in Walvis Bay on Sunday.   By their own admission, the performance from Louw and Kotze, was long overdue as both players are blessed with talent as match winning batsmen.

Kotze – who was ran out a few ball before SWD got over the line -was in superb form in his innings of 76 (from 56 balls; x6, 2×4).  Himself and Louw (35*; 34 balls, 1×6) got together when SWD was with their backs against the wall at 21/3 (after 4.1 overs) after the early dismissals of Luthando Mnyanda (4), Neil Hornbuckle (6) and Waldo Lategan (5).  They put together a match winning partnership of 111 runs from only 88 balls to enable SWD to reach the target 136/4 with two balls to spare.

Earlier Namibia posted 134/4 with Stephen Baard (43 from 51 balls) the top scoring batsman.

Siya Simetu (2/21 from 4), Siyabonga Booi (1/19 from 4) and Erinn Ewerts (1/22 from 4) were the SWD wicket takers.

Namibia vs South Western Districts

NAMIBIA 135/4 (20 overs) (S J Baard 43, Gerrie Snyman 25, Z Groenewald 22, Siya Simetu 2/21) SWD 136/4 (19.4 overs) (Hanno Kotze 76 (56 balls; 2×4; 4×6),

Brendon Louw 35*(34 balls; 1×4), Gerrie Snyman 2/18)

South Western Districts won by 6 wickets

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