National U/19 cricket team preparations on track

Valuable lessons are learned by national players in friendly matches with premier league sides.

11 March 2019 | Sports

Otis Finck - The Namibian U/19 national cricket team defeated Welwitschia with 94 runs at the Sparta grounds in Walvis Bay on Saturday.

The two sides played a friendly 50 overs match.

The U/19 squad batted first and scored 262 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 50 overs. The top batsmen were Ramon Wilmot (90), JC Balt (62) and Victor van der Watt (51). Julio Karamata and Ricku Mans were the top bowlers for Welwitschia with two wickets each .

Welwitschia scored 168 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs. The top batsmen were Lautriz Haccou with 43 runs and Rona Waqas with 25 runs. Jan Izak de Villiers, Altus Opperman and Mauritius Ngupita took two wickets each for the U/19 squad.

National U/19 team coach Dee Thakur explained that the team was preparing for participation in the U/19 World Cup Qualifiers Division 1 tournament scheduled for 17 to 24 April in Windhoek.

There are six countries set to compete in the U/19 World Cup qualifiers including Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and host Namibia. The winner will advance to the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup.

“We have challenges, with seven players based at the coast, seven players in Windhoek and two others in Cape Town, South Africa. Preparations are, however, going as well as things can be controlled.”

The Namibian Cricket Board allowed the team to play in the 50 overs premier league.

“This is done to iron out any flaws and to allow team members to play together as much as possible.”

Thakur also thanked the 50 overs premier league teams for allowing their players to play for the squad.

“We really appreciate the gesture and cooperation. They are doing so despite weakening their own teams. The bigger picture is, however, to ensure we qualify and prepare adequately for the 2020 World Cup in South Africa.”

Cricket Namibia development manager Hestelle Haccou added that there will be a training camp from 7 to14 March. The capping ceremony took place on Friday in Windhoek. All teams participating in the qualifiers are expected to arrive in Windhoek on the 15th. Namibia will take on Nigeria in the first game on 17 March.

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