Namibia: Namspire Hosts Switch Desert Slam


The Vanishing Kings and the Etosha Giants won the u17 and u14 titles of the Switch Desert Slam T20 Cup in Windhoek over the weekend.

The junior cricket tournament was hosted by Namspire Cricket Academy and saw players from all over Namibia in action.

In the u17 final, Gerhard Janse van Rensburg played a captain’s innings to lead the Vanishing Kings to a 35-run victory over the Etosha Lions.

He scored 83 not out from 32 balls, which included nine sixes and four fours, as the Kings posted a formidable 205 runs for five wickets off their 20 overs.

The Etosha Lions made a valiant chase, with Lu-Hendro de Waal scoring 59 off 35 balls (3×6, 2×4), but eventually fell 35 runs short of the target.

De Waal, however, won the Player of the Tournament award after scoring a total of 135 runs in four innings’ at an average of 67,50.

Janse van Rensburg followed closely behind, scoring 131 runs in four innings at an average of 31,75.

In the u14 final, the Etosha Giants beat the Southern Sparrows by six wickets.

The Sparrows were all out for 64 runs, while the Etosha Giants reached the target for the loss of four wickets.

Jacob Chaplin was the Player of the Match after taking three wickets for six runs in two overs, while Franko Bergh was the Player of the Tournament, after scoring 148 runs in five innings.’

Adri Pienaar from the sponsors Switch said they were proud to be associated with Namspire Cricket Academy as their partner in cricket development.