Coastal Boys won U/19 APS Cup

THE Coastal Welwitschia under 19 Cricket team was crowned the overall winner of the Africa Personnel Services (APS) under 19 Cricket tournament won four games and draws one in Windhoek.
For the second year running APS was the sponsor of the tournament with about 180 children participating in 30 matches in various formats of the game.The Managing Director of APS, Robert De Villiers congratulated Cricket Namibia and its CEO Peter Forster on their recent operational improvements and that for APS as sponsors it is a great step in the right direction and APS will increase their support if Cricket Namibia continue to improve.”As a business you only invest in well-managed sport organisations and therefore I want to encourage Peter and his team to continue with the hard work. It’s tough times, but we can see the results from the outside and I congratulate you with that,” De Villiers added.

De Villiers thank the organisers and the co-sponsors of the festival, Energade, Namibia Dairies, Exco and Clover Namibia for this addition, because for him these values instilled in these players are more important than anything else that is done here,” De Villiers said.The coastal boys draw their final game against Windhoek Gymnasium. Both teams won four matches but the Welwitschia was crowned as the champions as they had a better net run rate. With players like Gerhard Lottering, Mauritius Ngupita and Ben Shikongo played for the under 19 National team at the World Cup in New Zealand early this year with Dian Neethling, Ettienne Beukes and Matthew de Gouveia playing in the national senior cricket league. With Welwitschia pace bowler Ben Shikongo in great form, Windhoek Gymnasium was dismissed for only 102 runs in their first innings. He dismissed Gymnasium’s opening batsmen Bruwer and Michael Loubser for two ducks and kept the pressure up with regular wickets as Gymnasium struggled against his hostile pace bowling. Henco Rieckert top-scored with 33 runs, while Dirk Theunissen scored 19, before the whole team was back in the pavilion for only 102. Shikongo had brilliant bowling figures of five wickets for nine runs off seven over’s, while Gerhard Lottering took two wickets for 17 runs.The Welwitschias didn’t fare much better in their first innings, being all out for 137 runs. Opening batsman Dian Neethling scored 31 and Scott Winborn 21, while Damon Wilmot took five wickets for 48 runs and Mel Theunissen three wickets for 27 runs. Windhoek Gymnasium reached 44 for three wickets in their second innings when the match was called off for a draw. Welwitschia and Windhoek Gymnasium finished both on 18 points, with the coastal on top of the log with a slightly better run rate. Pro-Ed Academy and WAP finished third and fourth on 10 points each, while the APS Invitation team finished on four points and the Country Districts team on zero points.Ben Shikongo of Welwitschia won the award for the best bowler with 20 wickets at strike rate of 4,1,
Matthew De Gouveia of the Welwitschia team won the best fielder award
Jan Izak de Villiers of Windhoek Gymnasium won the award for the top batsman of the tournament with 359 runs at a strike rate of 89,75
Nicol Loftie-Eaton won the best all-rounder award.
The following players received daily awards:

Mauritius Ngupita
Ben Shikongo
Dian Neethling
Gerhard Lottering
Ettienne Beukes
William Lottering (playing for the Country Districts team)

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