1 February 2013

Namibia Off to a Poor Start

NAMIBIA got off to a poor start in their three-day CSA cricket match against Kwazulu Natal Inland yesterday as they were all out for a paltry 128 runs in their first innings.

About an hour before stumps, the visitors were going along comfortably at 90 for four wickets and seemed set to take a big first-innings lead.

Kwazulu Natal Inland won the toss and sent Namibia in to bat - a decision that soon reaped dividends. With their bowlers exploiting some early movement off the pitch they soon had Namibia's top-order batsmen in trouble as Pikky Ya France (5), Pieter Grove (8) and Stephan Baard (12) all went cheaply.

Namibia's batsmen did not help their cause with some injudicious shots, fishing outside the off stump, and with KZ Natal Inland's opening bowler Ruhan Pretorius doing most of the damage, they crashed to 66 for seven wickets.

Craig Williams and Raymond van Schoor both scored 13 runs while captain Sarel Burger was bowled for a duck.

New cap Wayne Raw and Bernard Scholtz however came to Namibia's rescue with an eighth-wicket partnership of 48 runs before Raw was out for 31 runs. It was a fine debut by the 18-year-old Raw, with his total coming off 56 balls and including five fours.

Namibia's tail-enders didn't offer much resistance, with Brandon Viret out for a duck and Louis Klazinga scoring six, while Scholtz was not out on 24.

Pretorius was Kwazulu Natal Inland's best bowler, taking seven wickets for 36 runs, while Kyle Nipper took three for 18.

Namibia's bowlers got some early breakthroughs, with Christi Viljoen grabbing two wickets and Louis Klazinga and Brandon Viret one each as the visitors crashed to 39 for four wickets.

But Brad Moses and Kyle Nipper came to their rescue with an unbroken partnership of 51 runs for the fifth wicket. About an hour before stumps, Moses was not out on 37 while Nipper was not out on 18.

The match continues at the United field today and tomorrow, while the T20 limited overs match takes place at the same venue on Sunday.

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