Windhoek Gymnasium to defend Momentum title
Some of the finest junior players will once again get a chance to showcase their skills when the Momentum U19 cricket week kicks off on Friday in Windhoek.
After the official opening ceremony at the Wanderers Lapa, the first games will start on Friday. The finals will be played in the 20 over format and are scheduled for Tuesday, 30 August.
The Momentum Week, taking place for the fourth time since its inception in 2012, is widely considered to be one of the best development events in Namibia.
The Windhoek Gymnasium team will look to defend their title after they reigned supreme over the boys from the Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool (WAP) in the final last year. Boasting U19 World Cup players with the likes of Niko Davin, Lohan Louwrens, Charl Brits and Eben van Wyk, certainly look like the team to beat.
Another victory will, however, not come easy as the other teams, including the Country Districts, a team put together of players from outside the big cricket hubs in the central and coastal regions, set to send strong teams to challenge for the prestigious title.
Walvis Bay and the Windhoek High School are also not to be underestimated as they host a number of Junior Namibian players, including the likes of Burton Jacobs and Petrus Burger (Coast) and Warren van Wyk (WHS), who all represented Namibia U19 at the U19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year.
With up and coming players looking to make a name for themselves, such as Albert van der Merwe (WHS), Damian da Silva (WHS), Marnus Steenkamp (WAP), Keanu Engelbreght (WAP), Floris Steenkamp (WAP), Dewalt Nel (WAP), Rene Were (WAP), Ben Shikongo & Mauritius Ngupita (Coast) and Tiaan Jacobs (Gobabis- Country Disticts), it does appear that all the matches will be very competitive, and it promises to be exciting to see which team will come out as the best team in Namibia for 2016. “On behalf of Cricket Namibia, we would like to welcome all players to the third edition of the Momentum Schools Cricket Week, where we bring together all the top school players throughout the country. This event has become a great stepping stone to proving yourself for junior National teams, and then eventually into the National team,” said Steven Berry, Development Manager of Cricket Namibia. “With players like Gerhard Erasmus, JJ Smit, Michau du Preez and Zane Green having come through the tournament, then played U19 World Cup and moved on to represent the National team, we are excited to see what the next crop of talent will produce,” he added.
Berry said,“With the 2018 World Cup in New Zealand in sight, selectors will be watching the tournament with very keen eyes to see who the best players are and to make sure that we have the strongest possible squad representing our country”.