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READY: Eagles are ready to battle. PHOTO: FILE
READY: Eagles are ready to battle. PHOTO: FILE

Eagles to conclude 2022 against top dogs

Tielman Van Lill
Tielman Van Lill

Windhoek

Cricket Namibia is scheduled to host the Cricket World Cup (CWC) League 2 Castle Lite One Day International Series (ODI) from 19 to 26 November against Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the United States of America (USA) at the United Cricket Oval in Olympia.Getting to the back end of CWC League 2 means the Richelieu Eagles need to finish under the top three teams on the log table to easily compete and play in the ODI World Cup Qualifier next year.

The November Castle Lite series will feature both Namibia and the USA fighting to lead on the log table after the series.

Home advantage

The Richelieu Eagles’ head coach, Pierre de Bruyn, believes playing under home conditions should be an advantage for the Eagles, and the focus points for the series are simple.

“We would like to continue building on the momentum from the previous ODI series hosted by PNG in September, winning four out of four games under very difficult conditions in PNG. It is important for us to focus on our game plan and outplay both countries at home.

“With 14 ODI games left in the league for the Richelieu Eagles, every game is important to secure two points. There is an expectation from the team to have a good win percentage after playing the last eight games of the 2022 Castle Lite Series.”

Stay focused

De Bruyn said walking away with six wins out of eight games would be a fantastic position for the Eagles on the log and that it is important not to get ahead of themselves. The team will take it game by game, have a good recovery, and focus on playing solid one-day cricket.

The CWCL 2 competition stretches from 2019 to March 2023.

The Eagles squad are 1 Gerhard Erasmus (captain), 2 JJ Smit (vice-captain), 3 Lohan Louwrens (wicket keeper), 4 Michael van Lingen, 5 Divan la Cock, 6 Zane Green (wicket keeper), 7 Jan Frylinck, 8 Tangeni Lungameni, 9 Karl Birkenstock, 10 Picky Ya France, 11 Ben Shikongo, 12 Ruben Trumpelmann, 13 Nicol Loftie-Eaton and 14 Bernard Scholtz.

Management

Head Coach: Pierre De Bruyn, Assistant Coach: Justin Kemp, Physio: Kara Scheepers and Analyst: Riaan Minnie.

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Namibian Sun 2022-11-27

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