Friends, Stretfordians and Countrymen lend me your ears! It is our pleasure to inform you that we will be welcoming another overseas player for the 2019. Josh Julius is an exciting and very driven Namibian batsman who is currently playing for CCD in the Namibia Premier League. Julius has featured in the national U19 team and continues our proud association with Cricket Namibia, tracing the footsteps of the late great Raymond van Schoor, Namibia legend Craig Williams and current national player Danie van Schoor. We wish Josh all the best for the next season, bid him runs and that he will strive for things impossible.
SCC: Hey Josh, thanks for taking some time to speak to us. We are looking forward to next season and having you in the UK.
JJ: Thank you for giving me the opportunity!! I wanted to get over to the UK the first year after school but unfortunately things didn’t go as planned. So this has been a long time coming and I’m really pumped for it.
SCC: I know you’ve played Namibia U19s so have some experience already but what is your view of Namibia withdrawing from the Cricket South Africa 3 Day and 1 Day Competitions?
JJ: Oh it’s very disappointing. We do not play enough games in Namibia so those competitions make our cricket much better. It’s seriously going to hinder the development of younger players.
SCC: So what’s the idea of your decision to come to the UK?
JJ: I really just want to enjoy my cricket make some runs for Stretford and gain some experience from this journey in a different country
SCC: I like the sound of that. Despite the lack of games though, you must be working hard on your game, I understand you are in the middle of a purple patch with the bat?
JJ: Yeah I want to continue this from into the 50 over competition next weekend and further that to when I come over to the UK 💪🏻💪🏻
SCC: We hope so too!
JJ: I have passed fifty six times and got one hundred this season so far so I want to keep this going and hopefully help CCD improve the league position.
SCC: CCD will certainly be pleased with that form! How long have you been playing and always at CCD?
JJ: I have been playing at CCD for over 10 year now. I joined the club at 12 and loved it ever since.
SCC: What’s good about the club?
JJ: I think it’s the fact that we are a family at the club you know… we care about each other . We don’t have the best facilities unlike the other clubs, but we do our thing. We play cricket hard, like it’s supposed to be played and I enjoy that.
SCC Yeah, like that about CCD being a family club. SCC is built on the same foundation. Everyone gets stuck in.
JJ: Yeah and i like that on and off the field
SCC: Who has been a big influence on you both on and off the pitch?
JJ: Norbet our coach at CCD and he has been my coach from U17 Nam side too. He makes time for everyone and treats people with respect and he is so knowledgeable about the game. He can talk all day about cricket.
SCC: What sort of player are you? Describe yourself on and off the pitch?
JJ: I am the type of player that likes a challenge, always gives 100% and I try and stay cool and calm under pressure. Even if I fail I keep my head up. Off the field really I am just a relaxed guy. I’m chilled; don’t go out much. I’d rather play fifa 😂 with the boys that’s me
SCC: We did hear you were a bit of a FIFA demon. FIFA tournaments are popular when we have rained off matches Stretford
JJ: Nice then i will fit in perfectly😂
SCC: Have you been warned about the weather?
JJ: Yeah rainy,overcast and cold, so said Danie
SCC: Ha……and you still want to come?!
JJ: Yes for sure!
SCC: Brilliant! We look forward to you coming and I know the guys will make you feel welcome. Lets hope for plenty of runs and wins for the team!
JJ: Thanks, really excited and cant wait!