Junior Cricketers Shine in SA

NAMIBIA’s junior cricket teams gave a good account of themselves with some fine performances in South Africa during the festive holiday break.

Namibia U19 competed in the annual Coca-Cola Khaya Mayola Cricket Week in Pretoria, where they won three matches, drew one and lost one match.

On December 17, Namibia were awarded an outright win against Griqualand West U19.

Namibia scored 177 in their first innings, with Michau du Preez scoring 67 and Zane Green 39.

Griquas were then bundled out for 57, with Tiaan Snyman taking three wickets for seven runs and JJ Smit 316.

In the second innings, Namibia declared at 45 for two wickets, while Griquas reached 815.

On December 18, Namibia and South Western Districts drew after rain stopped play. Namibia scored 213 for nine wickets, with Joshua Julius scoring 68, and then restricted SWD to 66 for four wickets.

The following day the two teams once again faced off and this time Namibia comprehensively beat SWD by nine wickets.

SWD were all out for 141, with Michau du Preez taking 341, while Namibia scored

1421, with Zane Green scoring 52 not out and SJ Lofty-Eaton 47 not out.

On December 20 Namibia suffered their first defeat, going down by eight wickets against Kwazulu Natal Inland.

Namibia were bundled out for 64, with Zane Green top-scoring with 11, while KZN Inland scored 67 for two wickets.

On December 21, JJ Smit was Namibia’s star performer as they beat Easterns by 53 runs.

Smit top-scored with 51 runs in Namibia’s innings of 238, while he took four wickets for 24 runs as Namibia dismissed Easterns for 185.

Zane Green was Namibia’s best batsman, scoring 198 runs at an average of 49,50, while JJ Smit was Namibia’s best bowler, taking 11 wickets for 93 runs.

U15’s win 4, lose 2 matches

Namibia’s Under 15 team won four and lost two of its matches at the Cricket South Africa Under 15 week in Oudsthoorn.

Namibia suffered a comprehensive 135-run defeat against Border in their first match on 13 December. Border scored 2578 while Namibia were all out for 122.

Namibia suffered their second defeat the following day when they were thrashed by 202 runs by Kwazulu Natal Inland.

KZN Inland scored 282 for eight wickets while Namibia were all out for 80.

Namibia registered their first victory on 15 December when they beat Northerns by three wickets. Northerns were all out for 87, with Henry Olivier taking six wickets for eight runs, while Namibia scored 91 for seven wickets.

On the same day Namibia beat Easterns by 29 runs. Namibia scored 123 for nine wickets, while Easterns replied with 82 for seven wickets.

On 16 December Namibia beat South Western Districts by 54 runs. Namibia were all out for 151, before dismissing SWD for 97.

Namibia won their final match against Mpumalanga on 17 December by 50 runs.

Namibia were all out for 222, with Lohan Lowrens scoring 77, while Mpumalanga were all out for 172.

Lohan Louwrens was Namibia’s top batsman with 141 runs at an average of 23,50, while Rene Were was the top bowler, taking 16 wickets for 172 runs.

U13’s win three, lose two matches

The Namibian U13 A team competed in the U13 provincial tournament in Bloemfontein where they won three and lost two matches.

They lost their opening match against Free State B by 21 runs on 12 December. Free State were all out for 183 runs, while Namibia replied with 162 all out.

The following day Namibia thrashed WP Bears by 126 runs. Namibia were all out for 252 while WP Bears were all out for 126.

On December 14, Namibia suffered a narrow three-run loss to Eastern Province U13 B. EP scored 184 for nine off their 50 overs, while Namibia were all out for 181.

On December 15, Namibia beat the Western Province Panthers by eight wickets in a T20 match. WP Panthers scored 1628 while Namibia replied with 163 for two wickets. On December 16, Namibia beat South Free State A by seven wickets in a T20 match. South Free State scored 135 for eight while Namibia replied with 137 for three wickets.

Captain Nicol Loftie-Eaton was Namibia’s top batsmen, scoring 226 runs at an average of 56,20 and a top score of 110.

Etienne Beukes was Namibia’s top bowler, with 11 wickets for 89 runs in five matches.

Source : The Namibian