NAMIBIA crashed to their second successive defeat against Free State when they lost their One-Day Challenge by 43 runs in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
After losing their three-day match by 52 runs on Saturday, Namibia’s batsmen once again failed to apply themselves as they crashed to 145 all out, in reply to Free State’s 188 all out.
“Our top-order batsmen let the team down and although the batting conditions were quite difficult, it was quite disappointing. But the Free State side had three franchised players so they were quite strong, while it was also our first away match so it was quite tough for our players,” said Cricket Namibia’s CEO, Brian MacMillan.
Free State won the toss and elected to bat, but were soon in trouble at 45/3 after Brandon Viret dismissed both their openers while Louis Klazinga dismissed Lefa Mosena for 3 runs.
Namibia’s bowlers kept up the pressure and with wickets falling regularly, Free State crashed to 84/7 off only 24 overs.
Namibia could however not finish them off as Romano Terblanche and Malusi Siboto led a fine recovery for Free State. They put on 72 runs for the ninth wicket before Terblanche was out, caught behind off Klazinga, for a top score of 57.
Siboto scored 38 before being dismissed by Viret, as Free State were all out for 188 runs off 46,2 overs.
Brandon Viret was Namibia’s top bowler with four wickets for 27 runs off 8,2 overs, while Louis Klazinga took 3/50 off nine overs.
Namibia’s victory target of only 3,76 runs per over didn’t look too difficult, but their batsmen failed to apply themselves as they lost wickets regularly.
Raymond van Schoor was the first to go for 17, and when Ian Opperman (8) and Pikkie Ya France (9) followed in quick succession, Namibia were struggling at 39/3.
LP van der Westhuizen did his best to keep the run rate moving, but he received little support as Craig Williams (5), Nicolaas Scholtz (0), Christi Viljoen (5) and Bernard Scholtz (5) lost their wickets cheaply as Namibia crashed to 83/7.
With Van der Westhuizen at the crease Namibia still had hope, but when he was out for 40 off 39 balls, with the total at 100/9, Namibia still needed 89 runs for victory.
Louis Klazinga (17) and Shalako Groenewald (22 not out) gave Namibia hope with a 45-run last wicket partnership, but it was too little too late as Namibia eventually fell 43 runs short.
One of Namibia’s top batsmen of the past decade, Gerrie Snyman was missing from the line-up after he was not contracted by Cricket Namibia for the new season.
According to MacMillan, Snyman has started a new job and will only be available for home matches.
“Gerrie is busy pursuing a career and he can now only play in our home matches. He is not on a contract with Cricket Namibia anymore, but is now on a pay for play contract, and depending on his work conditions he will be available for our home matches,” he said.
MacMillan said that Snyman was coming to the end of his career and needed to work on building a career after cricket.
“He is now coming towards the end of his career and needs to think about his life after cricket. He can maybe play for two more years, but what happens after that? It’s important that players have a future after cricket and we need to help facilitate that,” he said.