CricketSWD ready for T20 Knockout quarter-finals
─── 14:32 Mon, 18 Oct 2021
The South Western Districts, the only team from Division 2 to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Cricket South Africa T20 knock-out competition, is ready and fit for their big challenge when the take on the Titans in the quarter final.
Garry Hampson, the SWD coach, is confident ahead of the clash that will takes place in Kimberley on Tuesday, October 19th. “Although we respect the Titans as one the leading teams in the country we are looking forward to the challenge and are preparing to meet them head-on”. “The players gain a lot of confidence from the pool stages – ending top of the pool – and we learn from our mistakes and working hard to accomplish another upset”, he said.
The overseas professional from Derbyshire, Leus du Plooy, who recently played in The Hundred competition in the United Kingdom has joined the team. Du Plooy has an impressive professional record – averaging 40.13 in First Class cricket, 58.28 in List A cricket and 31.72 in 67 T20 matches with a strike rate of 125.
All eyes will also be on the top-wicket taker after the pool stages of the competition, Herschell America. He caught the imagination and overnight achieve icon status after bagging seven wickets in the pool matches. He will be hoping to continue his promising form.
The match will start at 10:00 on Tuesday morning
SWD - Jean du Plessis (captain), Travis Ackermann, Herschell America, Blayde Capell, Leus du Plooy, Hanno Kotze, André Malan, Renaldo Meyer, Sintu Majiza, Pheko Moletsane, Heath Richards, Sean Whitehead and Jhedli van Briesies.