Cricket Namibia recently hosted a junior cricket development festival in Outjo aimed at developing the sport amongst girls and women.
The festival, which was hosted from 02 to 04 May, gave girls between the ages of 11 and 15 the opportunity to play competitive cricket.
The festival also attracted girls from Walvis Bay, Tsumeb and Windhoek.
Cricket Namibia development officer, Wilhelm Tuhafeni, said he is happy with the progress being made to popularize the sport in Outjo.
“This was the very first Outjo annual girls’ cricket development tournament. The girls showed great cricket skills, sportsmanship, team spirit and talent. Over 40 girls participated in this very first festival which shows that Namibian cricket is really growing from strength-to-strength and the future looks bright,” Tuhafeni said.
The event was made possible thanks to the assistance of Greendoor Investments 13th CC, Sanlam Namibia, Outjo Municipality and Erongo Foods Products Pty Ltd.
The /Nara Primary School girls cricket team was crowned champions of the festival after winning all their matches.
The Outjo girls’ team came second while Tsumeb girls and Windhoek girls came third and fourth, respectively.
Theresia Kazimbu was voted Captain of the Festival, Merzely Gorases Batswoman of the Festival, Maria Nguali Player of the Festival, Mathilde Kakolo Wicketkeeper of the Festival and Quintan Haoses Coach of the Festival.