The SWD provincial team will kick-off their campaign for the 2019/20 season in the Cricket South Africa Provincial competition this weekend when they will take on KwaZulu Natal at Kingsmead in Durban in a Three-Day match as from Thursday. The limited over match will take place on Sunday.
Coach, Baakier Abrahams, will be in his third season with the SWD team and he will aspire to continue with the upward curve in his teams’ performance after a steady performance last season. SWD was extremely successful in the limited over version but they will be without the top runs’ scorer, Obus Pienaar and bowling hero, Marcello Piedt. Both Pienaar (Knights) and Piedt (Titans) elevated their careers with franchise contracts.
SWD will also be without their captain, Jean du Plessis as well as the exciting youngster, Mesuli Vuba, who both are unavailable for this weekend due to exam commitments. Kirwin Christoffels will captain the three-day team whilst Neil Hornbuckle will be in charge for the limited over match.
New signings, Richardt Frenz – a middle-order batter from the North West Dragons and Renaldo Meyer – an Oudtshoorn born pace bowler from Western Province – will make their debuts for SWD. Three schoolboys will also form part of the touring party to Durban. Heath Richards, Jhedli van Briesies and Tyrese Karelse are still at school and will certainly be tested at a higher level, but the coach has given them a vote of confidence.
The teams are:
SWD (Three Day): Heath Richards, Kirwin Christoffels, Jhedli van Briesies, Richardt Frenz, Brendon Louw, Yamkela Oliphant, Neil Hornbuckle, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Renaldo Meyer, Stetan Tait and Bradley de Villiers.
Herschell America and Tyrese Karelse will be added for the limited over squad in place of van Briesies and de Villiers.
SWD’s fixtures for the season are:
- 3-6 October 2019 vs KwaZulu Natal 3 day and 1day (Kingsmead, Durban)
- 10-13 October 2019 vs Free State 3day and 1day (REC, Oudtshoorn)
- 7-10 November 2019 vs Gauteng Strikers 3day and 1day (REC, Oudtshoorn)
- 14-17 November 2019 vs Northerns 3day and 1day (Centurion)
- 16-19 January 2020 vs Eastern Province 3day and 1day (REC, Oudtshoorn)
- 23-26 January 2020 vs Western Province 3day and 1day (PPC Newlands, Cape Town)
- 6-9 February 2020 vs North West 3day and 1day (REC, Oudtshoorn)
- 13-16 February 2020 vs Border 3day and 1day (REC, Oudtshoorn)
- 5-8 March 2020 vs Northern Cape 3day and 1day (Diamond Oval in Kimberly)
- 12-15 March 2020 – vs Easterns 3 day and 1 day (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)
Caption: SWD coach, Baakier Abrahams (centre) with the debutants for this weekend’s fixture against KwaZulu Natal at Kingsmead in Durban – Tyrece Karelse, Heath Richards, Renaldo Meyer and Richardt Frenz.