Cricket history at the Coast

Rudi  Bowe

The Namibian National Cricket men’s team made history as they defeated the Multiply Titans by two wickets in an epic maiden T20 cricket clash last Friday 28 June at the Sparta Cricket Oval in the coastal town of Walvis Bay.

To put the cherry on the cake it was the first time that the Namibian Eagles played against a top South African Franchise in Namibia. The national team was coached by local coastal cricket player and coach from the Junior Coastal Cricket Academy, Lauritz Haccou.
Namibia won the toss and sent the Titans in to bat first.
The Titans scored 92 runs from their 20 overs with their opening batsman Andrea Agathagelou who is the top scorer with 41 runs from 38 balls. The top bowler for the Titans was Tsepo Moreki as he took three wickets for seven runs in three overs. Etienne Beukes took two wickets for 14 runs in three overs.
Pikkie Ya France was Namibia’s best bowler, taking three wickets in four overs for 11 runs. Namibia replied with 93 runs from 119 balls. Captain Merwe Erasmus led by example with bat in hand as he scored 60 runs from 39 balls not out for the man of the match award.
Dian Neethling and Ettienne Beukes of Walvis Bay Private High School and JCCA in Walvis Bay have been named in the squad to play in the opening T20 match for the Multiply Titans as guest players.
Beukes said that he had a good performance and with luck on his side he took two of the Namibian wickets. “The experience to play with the Titans was very good for me and Dian. We got the opportunity and it was great as it is not every day that one can play with top players at the coast” Beukes added.
Dee Thakur Manager of Development and Age Group Coach of Cricket Namibia said that the victory is an important one for the country and that this is a massive win and signals exciting times for Namibian cricket. No matter who plays for the Titans, the fact remains that they are a franchise.
Thakur added that opportunities like this provides for players with a feel of what they can expect from competitive sides. Our captain, Erasmus, really kept calm and did what was required from him,” Thakur said.
Multiply Titans coach Mandla Mashimbyi said “Not quite the result we would’ve hoped for but it’s been great to get some quality time out on the park with the new lads”.
Mashimbyi added that it was a good game and at the end Namibia deserved the win.
“I am very impressed with way Dian and Ettienne conducted themselves around the team. Both of these boys including the other youngsters in the Namibian team played very well and they all have a great future ahead of them.
The Patron of Cricket Namibia Mr. Erasmus said that Namibian cricket made good progress over the past seasons.
The patron added that the youngsters that were in the team showed that the programs in place at Cricket Namibia are working.
“We need to get more opportunities like this for our young and upcoming players to get them ready for the future” Erasmus added.
This past Sunday the second T20 match between Namibia and the Multiply Titans was played at the Trustco United Cricket Club in Windhoek. The Namibian Eagles beat the Multiply Titans by 5 Wickets to win the series 2-0. The clash between Namibia and the Multiply Titans was one of the most exciting, extravagant events that Cricket Namibia has ever hosted at the harbour town.
The Multiply Titans thanked the Walvis Bay community for hosting them.

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