Namibia to host triangular women's cricket tourney this weekend

09 Dec 2015 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – Cricket Namibia’s Women’s Cricket will host the first-ever Triangular Women’s Cricket Tournament here from Friday until Tuesday.
The event is set for the Trusco United Sports Field in Olympia and will see Namibia’s senior team, a Namibian invitational team, and the Botswana national team competing.
The Namibian invitational team, which consists of under-19 players, was drawn into the competition after Zambia could not make it, said Elizabeth Nel, the media liaison officer for women’s cricket in Namibia.
She told Nampa on enquiry Tuesday that Namibia participates in the African Women’s Cricket tournament every end of the year, either in Uganda, South Africa or Tanzania, but with the tournament not taking place this year Namibia decided to host the triangular tournament.
“We are going to host our own tournament for the first time. Most of the time we travel to South Africa to participate in competitions there, but hosting our first-ever event is much welcomed since we are still in the building stages of women’s cricket,” said Nel.
She added that forming the women’s league earlier this year has attracted more women to take interest in cricket, and she is hopeful with time the number of teams will grow.
“We are hoping that when the league starts again next year we will have more teams coming on board. At the moment we have ladies based in Keetmanshoop and Otjiwarongo showing interest in playing cricket.
“We currently have school teams that are based in Swakopmund and Windhoek playing in the league, but I am hopeful the number of teams will grow by next year,” said Nel.
Namibia’s women’s cricket league was formed in July this year, and currently four teams are competing - Zebras, Windhoek High School (WHS), Pro-Ed Academy, and Blue Waters.
The league ended in November, with Zebras winning the league and WHS ending second. Pro-Ed and Blue Waters still have to play for the third position next year.
Before the formation of the league, Namibia participated in provincial cricket tournaments in South Africa and the annual four nation’s tournament in Botswana.
The triangular tournament will be played using a 40-overs cricket formation in which a match is completed in one day; each team bowls a set maximum number of overs, usually between 20 and 50.