Under-19 cricket team to tour UK

29 Jun 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Under-19 national cricket team will leave for the United Kingdom (UK) on Saturday to take part in six matches in preparation for the 2018 World Cup to be held in New Zealand.
A media statement availed to Nampa by Cricket Namibia on Thursday said the team will play three games in England before heading for Scotland, where they will play against the Scotland U-19 national cricket team.
They will face Marylebone Cricket Club Combined Juniors, Club Cricketers Conference and Surrey Combined in England.
Team manager Andre Schmidlin said they will be taking 15 players and two coaches to the UK.
“The main aim of this tour is make sure the boys get their batting and bowling disciplines right,” he said.
Schmidlin added that the tour will also help them gauge how the players have progressed and what they are lacking.
Namibia performed well in the last World Cup (2016) in Bangladesh after beating the then holders South Africa, Nepal and Scotland, finishing seventh.
By finishing as the best-ranked associate team at the 2016 World Cup, Namibia secured automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup in New Zealand.
Schmidlin said they would like to maintain or better that position in this year’s tournament, which is the reason why they are exposing these young players to high class cricket.
The team manager said this is the best preparation they have had, having already toured Zimbabwe as well as have Zimbabwe tour Namibia.
“This is the best preparation for a cricket world cup team for Namibia. We will also play the South African and English Under-19 sides in December and early January,” he added.
He added that Namibia has talent in the sport and Lohan Lawrence will be the man to watch with both the ball and the bat.
Eben van Wyk is one to watch with the bat as he has been Namibia’s top run scorer since coming into the team.
Namibia has qualified for the U-19 World Cup on nine occasions, more than any other associate member of the International Cricket Council.