Junior Eagles ready to soar at World Cup tourney
The Namibian U19 national side has entered its final preparation phase and has selected their final squad of 15 ahead of the 2016 International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup tournament.
The international limited-overs cricket tournament will be contested by the national under-19 teams of sixteen ICC members and will kick off from 22 January to 14 February in Bangladesh.
Namibia’s final squad, selected two weeks ago, underwent various training elements including bowling, batting, fielding and fitness in Windhoek. The camp is scheduled to end on 17 January before the team departs for their final destination in Asia.
Again, to get some playing time before the trip, the juniors also faced the Namibian A side in two matches over last weekend. In the first match the juniors beat the A team on y 7 wickets after bowling the A team out for 181.
Namibia will face the hosts Bangladesh, South Africa and Scotland in group A of the tournament. First up, they face Scotland on 29 January, followed by South Africa two days later before taking on the home side on 2 February
Before the first group game, the junior Eagles will have a chance to gain some valuable experience when they face England (23 January) and Zimbabwe (25 January) in two warm-up matches.
The Namibian team is as follows: Zane Green (Captain), Francios Rautenbach, Petrus Burger, Michael van Linge, S J Loftie Eaton, Nico Davin, Motjaritje Honga, Charl Brits, Eben van Wyk, Lohan Louwrens, CC Olivier, Fritz Coetzee, Warren van Wyk, Burton Jacobs, and Jürgen Linde.
Coach: Rangarirai Manyande, Ass. Coach: Fortune Matawarira, Manager: Andre Schmidlin, Ass Manager: Steven Berry and Physio: Clint Henry.