Cricket Receives Three Ships Boost

Three Ships Whiskey on Tuesday announced a N$100 000 sponsorship of the Namibian cricket leagues for the current season.

The sponsorship will cover the Premier League, the First and Second Leagues and the T20 League. It is also the first time that Three Ships Whiskey has become involved with the Namibian Cricket League, although it’s first venture into cricket came last season when it sponsored the one-day tournament between the Cape Cobras and Namibia.

The managing director of Distell Namibia, Leon Fouche said they were honoured to sponsor the Namibian cricket league.

“The Three Ships team is honoured to continue our involvement with Cricket Namibia and with all the teams that will be playing in the league. We believe this partnership will be beneficial to all parties and we also believe that Cricket Namibia is on the right path with Richard Frankle and Donovan Zealand at the helm – we trust and respect them,” he said.

The president of Cricket Namibia, Richard Frankle thanked Three Ships for their sponsorship and said that they had embarked on a new journey for Namibian cricket.

“We said our main target would be to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and we put a strategic plan together to reach that target,” he said.

According to Frankle the strategic plan includes the following targets:

– To organise more international matches, to enhance Namibia’s performances on the field. In this regard, Cricket Namibia will also organise more matches for a national A side, as a stepping stone for the senior national side.

– To establish more cricket facilities, including a High Performance Centre and an indoor facility.

“We are in the process of obtaining two additional cricket facilities, one of which is in Khomasdal where we should be taking cricket,” he added.

– Frankle said that transformation was high on their agenda while they needed to strengthen their financial resources.

“We will embrace transformation at all levels and we will continue to grow a successful grassroots development programme. We are also in the process of creating a women’s cricket league,” he said.

“We need to improve our financial resources and we need to take hands with the media to go forward in a positive manner,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cricket Namibia announced that it will hold two trial matches between a national side and a national A side before selecting the national squad for the World Cricket League Division 2 tournament that Namibia will host in January 2015.

The first trial match takes place this Sunday, 16 November at Wanderers’ Affies Park, starting at 09h30.

The national side has been selected on merit and is the gest one available, while the A side is captained by the returning Craig Williams.

It includes several up and coming players like Michau du Preez, Malan Kruger Bredell Wessels, MP Delport and Zane Groenewaldt, while experienced top order batsmen JB Burger and Pikky Ya France have also been included.

The teams for Sunday’s match are as follows:

Namibia:

Stephan Baard, Gerrie Snyman, Sarel Burger, Gerhard Erasmus, Raymond van Schoor, Nicolaas Scholtz (captain), Christi Viljoen, JP Kotze, JJ Smit, Tiaan Snyman, Bernard Scholtz, SJ Loftie Eaton.

Namibia A:

Xander Pitchers, JB Burger, Michau du Preez, Craig Williams (captain), Malan Kruger, Pikky Ya France, Bredell Wessels, Zane Groenewald, Vernon Cloete, MP Delport, Christopher Coombe and Warren van Wyk.

Source : The Namibian