26 November 2012

Namibia: Nation Draw Against Northerns

NAMIBIA drew their Cricket South Africa three-day challenge match against Northerns in Pretoria after the whole third day’s play was rained out on Saturday.

After Northerns declared their first innings at 409/7, Namibia reached 259/7 at stumps on Friday.

Namibian captain Raymond van Schoor just missed out on a century as he was not out on 99, while Brandon Viret was not out on 20.

Northerns, who won the toss and elected to bat, took control of the match with a fine batting performance on Thursday, that saw Pieter Malan and Graeme van Buuren both scoring centuries.

Malan scored 108 and Van Buuren 142, while there were also good contributions from JJ Pienaar (45) and Shaun von Berg (60 not out) as Northerns declared their first innings at 409/7.

Brandon Viret who took 2/58 off 17 overs and Christi Viljoen with 2/45 off 24 overs were Namibia’s top bowlers.

Namibia’s innings got off to a solid start, with Ian Oppermann and Pikkie Ya France each scoring 23, but they lost three wickets in quick succession to crash to 56/3.

Craig Williams and Raymond van Schoor steadied the innings, before Williams was out for 25.

Nicolaas Scholtz joined Van Schoor to put on 71 runs for the fifth wicket before Scholtz was out for 42.

Christi Viljoen (4) and Bernard Scholtz (10) went cheaply, but Viret joined Van Schoor to share an unbroken eighth wicket stand of 72 runs.

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