Disappointing weekend for SWD in Windhoek

Bradley De Villiers – 11 wickets on debut

Cross Pool, Sunfoil 3-Day Cup at Windhoek, Feb 1-3 2018

Toss: Namibia, elected to bat first

Namibia: 1’st Innings 323 (MN Piedt 5/79)

2’nd Innings 248 (B de Villiers 7/79)

South Western Districts: 1’st Innings 132 (BI Louw 41)

2’nd Innings 114/3 (45 ov) (AJ Pienaar 56 no)

Match drawn

Points: Namibia 14.46, South Western Districts 10

The SWD cricket team recorded their 7th draw of the season in the Sunfoil Cup Three Day competition.  The match against the strong Namibian side in Windhoek the past weekend ended in a draw..  The Oudtshoorn based team had now draw all their matches in this seasons’  competition and they will admit that the past weekend was their worst performance of the season.  Rain potentially saved the visitors from an outright defeat.

Namibia posted 323 runs in their first innings thanks to half-centuries by Craig Williams (67) and Niko Davin (70)  Marcello Piedt (5/79) and Bradley de Villiers (2/56) excelled with the ball for SWD.  SWD’s batting performance in their first innings was very disappointed as only Brendon Louw (41) made a meaningful contribution in a total of 132 (all out) – a deficit of 191 runs on the first innings.

Namibia, who did not enforce the follow-on, perhaps batting  for too long, as the posted 248 in their second innings – setting SWD a mammoth 440 for victory an only giving themselves 85 overs to dismiss the visitors.  JP Kotze (102) was Namibia’s batting hero while de Villiers, who played in his first First Class match, bagged (7/79), – a total of 9 wickets in the match.  Tshepo Ndwandwa got 2/53.  For SWD it was always a matter of survival with a target of 440 and with their total at 34/3 they were with their backs against the wall but Daniel Sincuba (24*) and Obus Pienaar (56*) fought hard when rain, which started and hour after lunch on the final day, brought an early end to the match.  SWD were at 114/3.

SWD missed their main strike bowler, Glenton Stuurman, who was ruled out with an elbow injury.  His recovery and availability will be vital for SWD’s next Sunfoil Cup match against Border that will be played at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn between 15 and 17 February 2018.

Cross Pool, CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge at Windhoek, Feb 4 2018

Toss: Namibia, elected to field first

South Western Districts 214 (LLL Sesele 75)

Namibia216/3 (35.5/50 ov, target 215) (B de Villiers 2/58)

Namibia won by 7 wickets (with 85 balls remaining)

Points: Namibia 5, South Western Districts 0

The SWD cricket team suffered a disappointing defeat as they were beaten by 7 wickets by Namibia in the past weekend’s Cricket South Africa limited over match that was played in Windhoek.

It was a disappointing performance all over and the men from the Southern Cape will be looking for answers after they made a very solid start to the match.  Being requested to bat, Letlotle Sesele (76; 61 balls, 5×6, 5×4) and Sammy-Joe Avontuur (41; 66 balls, 4×4), laid the foundation for a promising start for the visitors who were cruising at 126/2 in the 25th over.  After their departure the batters lost the plot as SWD were dismissed for 214 in the 45th over.

A modest target and a bowling line-up without the injured Glenton Stuurman did not help SWD’s cause.  Namibia reached the target (216/3) thanks to aggressive batting contributions by Stephen Baard (52 from 63 balls) and Craig Williams (52* from 49 balls) in the 36th over to record a 7 wicket bonus point victory.

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