U-19’s in Successful Tour of Grahamstown

Namibia’s Under 19 cricket team completed a successful trip to Grahamstown, South Africa where they won two matches, while a third was rained out at the Grahamstown Cricket Festival last week.

Playing against some of South Africa’s top cricket schools, Namibia U-19 beat Kingwood College and Woodridge College while their match against Hudson Park was rained out.

On 7 January Namibia recorded a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Kingswood College of Grahamstown. Kingswood College scored 196 runs for nine wickets, while Namibia replied with 197 for three wickets.

Hendrik Koekemoer, who took two wickets for 35 runs and Nico Davin with 228, were Namibia’s best bowlers, while Tiaan Steenkamp with 93 runs and Hermias Strauss with 65, were the team’s best batsmen.

On 8 January Namibia beat Woodridge College of Eastern Cape by 26 runs.

Namibia batted first and were all out for 173 runs, with Lohan Louwrens top-scoring with 75 runs.

Woodridge were dismissed for 147 runs, with SJ Loftie-Eaton taking three wickets for 22 runs.

Namibia’s match against Hudson Park of East London on 9 January was rained out without a ball being bowled.

The tour, which team manager John Haynes described as successful, served as preparation for the Africa U-19 qualifiers that come up later this year.

“We brought in six new players into the squad, who replaced some of the older guys who represented Namibia at the World Cup last year. They gained a lot of experience and we were one of the most successful teams at the festival,” he said.

Some of the new players in the squad included Lohan Louwrens and Petrus Burger who are both only 15 years old, Christiaan Olivier and Tiaan Steenkamp who are both 16, and Warren van Wyk and Fritz Coetzee who are both 17 years old.

Some of the older players who have been replaced include JJ Smit, Michau du Preez, Zane Greene and Tiaan Snyman who have moved up to represent Namibia’s senior side.

The team coach, Fortune Matawu said the Namibians did very well considering the conditions.

“The guys played very well against some g and experienced schools and the matches were very competitive. Our players were also not used to the conditions – it was overcast and the ball spun a lot on the slow wickets, but they adapted quickly,” he said.

“I told them to just stick to the basics and they did that very well and that’s why we won our matches,” he added.

Source : The Namibian