The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Bowlers Look to Improve Against Northerns

NAMIBIA will be hoping for a better performance in the Cricket South Africa provincial league when they take on Northerns at Centurion Park in Pretoria from today.

Last weekend Namibia were in a strong position to win both their three-day and one-day matches against Free State in Bloemfontein, but they let Free State off the hook and ended up losing both matches.

In the three-day match pace bowler Louis Klazinga gave Namibia a great start with 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 to score 238 in their first innings.

Namibia were bundled out for 147 in their first innings with only Raymond van Schoor (51) making an impression, and after Free State declared their second innings at 201/6, Namibia were dismissed a second time for 240 to give Free State a 52-run victory.

In the one-day competition, Namibia were in an even stronger position as they reduced Free State to 84 for seven wickets halfway through their innings. But once again Free State managed to recover as they were eventually all out for 188.

It wasn't much of a total, but NamibiaÂ's batsmen once again failed as they were all out for 145 to give Free State a 43-run victory.

These two defeats have left Namibia dropping down the logs of both competitions.

In the three-day competition they are currently 11th out of 14 teams on 19,34 points, and in the one-day competition they are fourth in the Inland Pool on 9 points. If Namibia make use of their chances they should have a good chance of beating Northerns this weekend.

Northerns are not doing too well in both competitions and are ninth with 22,76 points in the three-day competition, while they are fifth in the inland pool of the one-day competition with five points.

Meanwhile Namibian players do not feature very prominently in the top averages of both competitions to date.

In the three-day competition Louis Klazinga is seventh amongst the top bowlers with 17 wickets in two matches, while Craig Williams is 13th amongst the top batsmen with 263 runs at an average of 43,83.

In the one-day competition, LP van der Westhuizen is eighth amongst the batsmen with 153 runs at an average of 51, while Brandon Viret is seventh amongst the bowlers with eight wickets at an average of 12,25.

The Namibian selectors have kept the same side that lost to Free State for the two matches against Northerns.

LP van der Westhuizen and captain Sarel Burger will miss the three-day match due to work commitments but both will join the team for the one-day match on Sunday.

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