The SWD provincial team will, as part of their preparation for the 2018/19 season takes on Eastern Province in a friendly three-day fixture. The match, that will be played at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn, will be played from Wednesday to Friday.
With Namibia, that withdrew from the competition, SWD’s opening match will be against Boland in Paarl from 25 October. This will give the coach, Baakier Abrahams, plenty of time to prepare for a challenging season. He will, however, use this match to test his combinations and the form of some fringe players.
Former SWD bowling hero, Glenton Stuurman, will be in the non-familiar colours of Eastern Province after he moved to Port Elizabeth at the end of last season.
The teams are:
SWD (from): Mthobeli Bangindawo, Kirwin Christoffels, Jean du Plessis, Neil Hornbuckle, Brendon Louw, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Yamkela Oliphant, Marcello Piedt Obus Pienaar, Letlotle Sesele, Stefan Tait Herschell Amerika, Bradley de Villiers Bailey Aarons, Marco de Kock, Jaco Janse van Rensburg and Todd Walker.
Eastern Province: Matthew Christensen, Josh v. Heerden, Onke Nyaku, Kelly Smuts, Thomas Kaber, Tian Koekemoer, Solomzi Nqweni, Keenan Vieira, Kenan Smith, Jade de Klerk, Glenton Stuurman and Luvuyo Adam.
SWD’s fixtures for the season are:
- 25-28 October 2018 vs Boland 3 day and 1day (Eurolux Boland Park)
- 1-4 November 2018 vs Kwa Zulu Natal Inland 3day and 1day (Pietermaritzburg Oval)
- 8-11 November 2018 vs Western Province 3day and 1day (Oudtshoorn)
- 22-25 November 2018 vs Northerns 3day and 1day (Oudtshoorn)
- 29 Nov – 2 Dec 2018 vs Northern Cape 3day and 1day (Oudtshoorn)
- 6-9 December 2018 vs Border 3day and 1day (Buffalo Park in East London)
- 10-13 January 2019 vs North West 3day and 1day (Senwes Park in Potchefstroom)
- 7-10 February 2019 vs KwaZulu Natal 3day and 1day (Oudtshoorn)
- 14-17 February 2019 vs Easterns 3day and 1day (Willowmoore Park in Benoni)
- 28 February – 3 March 2019 – vs Eastern Province 3 day and 1 day (Oudtshoorn)