U19 Tour to Bloemfontein 2017
The U19 team is currently preparing for the U19 World Cup 2018, which will be taking place in New Zealand.
As part of their preparation, the team played a five match series against Zimbabwe, which proved to be a close fought series. Going down to the wire, the Zimbabweans eventually snatched the series, after they beat their Namibian counter parts 3-2 in the final match. It was a good come from behind comeback from our neighbours, after they were down 2-1 after the first three matches, but with our team being as young as they are (all the players were still U17 in the Namibian team), they certainly gained a lot of experience, and some valuable lessons were learnt in the series, taking the team forward.
From here, the team left to Bloemfontein, to take part in the prestigious Cricket South Africa Kaya Majola Cricket Week. With a bulked up team, including U19 World Cup players, such as Francois Rautenbach, Niko Davin and Fritz Coetzee being brought into the team, there were high expectations from the squad.
In the first match, the team took on Limpopo in a Time Cricket match, where Namibia won in a winning draw.
The following match Namibia took on North West, where Namibia had to swallow a close losing draw to North West Province.
In the first of the T20’s, Namibia went down to eventual tournament winners, Northerns, after the Northerns put up a very tough 203 in their allotted overs.
Namibia put up a brave chase as the experienced Niko Davin was the chief destroyer, putting up a solid 50 runs. Unfortunately the team fell sort, after being bowled out for 171.
Namibia then took on Eastern Province in a 50 over match, where our boys chased down 157, winning by 7 wickets.
Unfortunately the Namibians had an off day against Border our boys went down by 7 wickets, before the team took on KZN Inland, who are always a very strong team at this event, and went down by 105 runs.
This is going to be an exciting year for the U19s, as they prepare for next year’s World Cup, with a busy calendar coming up over the next few months.