11 February 2013

Namibia: EP Beat Namibia By 96 Runs

NAMIBIA'S batsmen once again failed to make their mark as they lost by 96 runs to Eastern Province in their Cricket South Africa Three-Day Challenge at the Wanderers grounds on Saturday.

The visitors dominated all sessions of the match and when they set Namibia a winning target of 305 runs, Namibia could not rise to the challenge as they were all out for 208 runs.

Only Craig Williams, who scored 62 runs from 77 balls, and Gerhard Erasmus with 44 runs made much of an impact, but when they were both out in quick succession, Namibia's hopes of victory faded.

Namibia had their chances and had their bowlers finished off EP's tail on the first day, the result could have been different.

After winning the toss, Namibia sent EP in to bat and had the visitors in trouble at seven wickets down with only 125 runs on the board. Namibia's bowlers however failed to press home their advantage as EP's tail-enders added 92 runs for the last three wickets before they were all out for 217.

Viljoen was Namibia's most successful bowler, taking four wickets for 54 runs off 16 overs, while Brandon Viret took three for 59 off 13 overs.

Namibia's first innings got off to a poor start as new openers Wayne Raw and Stephen Baard were both dismissed for only one run each.

Gerhard Erasmus (27) and Craig Williams (22) shared a stand of 42 runs, before both were dismissed with the total on 55.

Raymond van Schoor also went cheaply, for 6 runs, to leave Namibia struggling at 62/5.

Pikky Ya France did well to withstand EP's pace attack and stuck around for a while but when he was out LBW for 34, Namibia's tail crumbled quickly as the whole team was out for 129 - a deficit of 88 runs.

EP made a brisk start in their second innings with all their top-order batsmen piling on the runs. David White scored 47, JJ Smuts 50 and Colin Ackerman 67 not out as EP declared at 216 for 5 wickets, leaving Namibia a victory target of 305 runs.

Bernard Scholtz with 2/48 and Christi Viljoen with 2/57 were Namibia's best bowlers.

Namibia's top order once again failed with Wayne Raw out for a duck and Stephan Baard scoring 13, but a third-wicket stand of 96 runs between Craig Williams and Gerhard Erasmus gave them hope.

Williams was however out for 62 and when Erasmus was dismissed shortly afterwards for 44, Namibia's challenge faded.

Raymond van Schoor added 19, while Christi Viljoen (29) and Bernard Scholtz (25) added a partnership of 55 before the whole team was out for 208.

Warren Bell was EP's best bowler with 5/69 off 16 overs.

Yesterday, EP completed the double over Namibia when they won their T20 match by 13 runs.

After scoring 135/5 off their 20 overs, EP's bowlers never allowed Namibia into the match as they were restricted the home side to 122 for six wickets off their 20 overs.

David White was EP's hero, scoring 71 runs off 69 balls, while he received good support from Colin Ackerman who scored 22.

For Namibia, Bernard Scholtz took two wickets for 20 runs, while Louis Klazinga and LP van der Westhuizen each took one wicket.

In Namibia's innings, Stephan Baard (14) and LP van der Westhuizen (run out for seven) were dismissed early, but Craig Williams and Raymond van Schoor gave the home side hope with a partnership of 34 runs.

Williams was however out for 21 to a brilliant catch by Warren Bell and when Van Schoor was out for 27, it was all over bar the shouting.

Nicolaas Scholtz added a fine 40 not out off 23 balls but Namibia did not get close to the required run rate as EP held on for a 13-run win.

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