The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Nation Lose to Free State

FREE State beat Namibia by 52 runs in their CSA Three-Day match in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Free Sate declared their second innings at 201/6 leaving Namibia a victory target of 293, but they lost wickets regularly as the team was all out for 240 to give Free State a comfortable victory.

Namibia got off to a great start as Louis Klazinga took three quick wickets to reduce Free State to 11/3, but Namibia could not press home the advantage as Free State launched a fine recovery.

Pite van Biljon and Patrick Botha put on 78 runs for the fourth wicket before Christi Viljoen bowled Botha for 36, with the total on 89.

Romano Terblanche joined Van Biljon and they put Free State in charge with a 111-run partnership before Van Biljon was once again dismissed by Viljoen for 70.

Terblanche top scored with 87, while Brandon Viret and Louis Klazinga skittled out the tail to dismiss the whole team for 238 runs.

Klazinga, who took five wickets for 52 runs and Viret (3/45) were Namibia’s best bowlers.

Namibia’s first innings got off to a poor start as Pikkie Ya France was run out for a duck off only the third ball, and from then on they lost wickets on a regular basis.

Raymond van Schoor went on to top score with 51, but he received little support as only four other batsmen reached double figures, with Craig Williams scoring 26 and Christi Viljoen 22.

Gino Vries was Free State’s best bowler with 5/26.

Namibia once again got off to a good start in Free State’s second innings, reducing them to 16 for two wickets, but once again they could not press home their advantage.

Rudi Second scored 59, Simon Khomari 30 and Pite van Biljon 68 not out as they declared at 201/6, leaving Namibia a victory target of 293. For Namibia, Klazinga, Viret and Ian Opperman each took two wickets.

Ya France was out for his second duck of the game, and although Namibia’s other batsmen all reached double figures, Free State kept up the pressure with wickets at regular intervals.

Wian van Vuuren and Craig Williams scored 25 each, and Raymond van Schoor 26, and when Nicolaas Scholtz was out for 17, Namibia were well behind the victory target at 121/7.

Bernard Scholtz and Brandon Viret gave Namibia hope with a 37-run partnership, and although Klazinga was dismissed for a duck, Mika Mutumbe joined Scholtz to produce a great rearguard action.

They put on 82 runs for the final wicket before Scholtz was finally out for 63, while Mutumbe was not out on 32, as Free State completed a 52-run victory.

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