SWD show fickle displays in One-Day Challenge, 3-Day Cup encounters against Namibia
Encountering each other in the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup and the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge respectively, South Western Districts matched-up back-to-back games against Namibia at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn throughout the course of last week.
On Thursday, the two sides played their 3-Day Cup clash, with the game seeing significantly low scores for both batting orders, with three of the four innings’ amassing totals of less than 100 runs.
Namibia were asked to bat first and humiliated their way to a score of 44 all out, which saw six ducks in their batting order. The only real scorer with the bat was Craig Williams, making 32 of the team’s dismal total.
For SWD, Glenton Stuurman bowled outstandingly – achieving bowling figures of 7/12.
Now setting out to bat for the first innings show-up, SWD did not impress too much either, as they managed to just double Namibia’s morbid score – projecting 88 all out. All but three batters scored single-digit scores, with no batsmen scoring more than 20. Jean du Plessis and Brendon Louw scored 17 each.
Namibia’s Sarel Burger took decent bowling figures of 5/13 in his spell of 12.5 overs.
In an upward spiral, Namibia improved drastically in the middle for their second innings – totalling more than the two first innings’ scores combined of 212 all out. Williams once again impressed the most with the bat, scoring 74 before being run out. Opener, Stephen Baard also batted well with his score of 46.
Stuurman once again bowled well with figures of 3/39, backed up by Ottniel Stuurman (2/27) and Nkululeko Serame (2/51).
With their target 169 for victory, SWD responded ghastly, showing little improvement from the first innings and were picked off for 98 all out – losing the game by 70 runs on the second day (last Friday).
SWD’s Andrea Agathangelou provided the silver lining in that glooming cloud, scoring an immense 55 not out.
Bernard Scholtz impressed with the ball this time round, taking 4/36 bowling figures.
Both sides are placed last in their respective pools, with this encounter being a cross-pool clash. Both have also won one match out of eight following the Oudtshoorn match, with SWD amassing a total 51.46 points and Namibia 42.52 points.
On Saturday, the two sides met to play each other in the One-Day Challenge encounter at the same ground, with SWD ascertaining some retro verse dominance over Namibia in the clash.
Namibia opted to bat first and set a bleak total of 166 all out in 49.2 overs. Number seven in the order, Zane Green, top-scored this time round, making 59. Williams again also contributed diligently with his score of 46.
For SWD, Justin Jordaan achieved best bowling figures of 3/29.
In their total chase, things started looking grim for SWD after losing their two openers before the end of the seventh over, before an unbeaten 145-run partnership between Niel Hornbuckle and Agathangelou set the team’s alignment straight to win by eight wickets with 8.3 overs to spare.
Agathangelou, unbeaten again, impressed with his 92 not out and Hornbuckle partnered to cross the line, scoring 56 not out.
SWD are currently placed second-last above Border and with two wins out of eight games, have 12 points on the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge Pool A, above Border’s six.
Regardless of their slumping defeat to SWD, Namibia are now placed third in Group B with 19 points, racking up a total four wins out of eight.
Image: SWD in batting action against Namibia in the One-Day encounter.
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