The Namibian (Windhoek)

17 December 2012

Namibia: Cricket Team Beaten by Gauteng

GAUTENG beat Namibia by seven wickets in their 50-over CSA match in Johannesburg yesterday.

Namibia won the toss and elected to bat, but were then bundled out for 145 runs off 46 overs. Craig Williams top scored with 46 runs from 73 balls, but he received little support as Namibia's top and middle order batsmen all went out cheaply.

At a stage Namibia had crashed to 68 for six wickets, but sizeable contributions by the lower-order boosted their total, with Bernard Scholtz scoring 19, Brandon Viret 13 and Louis Klazinga 11 not out.

Gauteng got off to a shaky start as Louis Klazinga grabbed two wickets and Brandon Viret one to leave them struggling at 39 for three wickets.

Devon Conway (77 not out) and Shane Burger (42 not out) however steered Gauteng to victory with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 110 runs.

On Saturday, Namibia and Gauteng drew their Three-Day Challenge match. After holding a 32-run lead on the first innings, Namibia slumped to 136/8 in their second innings before the match was called off for a draw.

Craig Williams was the star batsman in Namibia's first innings, scoring an undefeated 122 runs.

Namibian openers Ian Opperman scored 6 and Pikkie Ya France 18, and when Christi Viljoen (33) and Raymond van Schoor (0) were out off successive balls Namibia slumped to 72/4.

Williams however rebuilt the innings, sharing a stand of 74 runs with Gerhard Erasmus before the latter was out for 18, and then another partnership of 66 runs with Nicolaas Scholtz, who was out for 24.

Brandon Viret scored 14 further down the order but there was not much more support and whole team was out for 264 with Williams still at the crease. His 122 came from 157 balls and included 15 fours and two sixes.

Gauteng got off to a solid start with Dominic Hendricks scoring 21 and Omphile Hendricks 30, but when they were out, Christi Viljoen struck as he broke through Gauteng's middle order, as Gauteng slumped to 73/6.

Richard das Neves however came to Gauteng's rescue, scoring 85 off 99 balls, while he received good support from Graham Hume (29) and Eddie Leie (38 not out) before the whole team was out for 232.

Viljoen was Namibia's top bowler, taking 5/50 off 22 overs, while Brandon Viret took 2/53 off 13 overs.

Play was suspended on Saturday morning due to a wet outfield and when the match eventually continued a draw was the only likely outcome.

Namibia's batsmen however gave a poor performance in the second innings with only Ian Opperman (12), Pikkie Ya France (25) and Raymond van Schoor (49 not out) reaching double figures.

When the match was called off for a draw Namibia had reached 136 for eight wickets.

Namibia received 7,28 bonus points, while Gauteng received 6,24 bonus points.

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