12 February 2014

Namibia: Young Namibians Outplayed By Griquas

Namibia suffered two comprehensive defeats against Griqualand West in the Cricket South Africa competition in Kimberley over the weekend, losing their three-day match by nine wickets and their T20 match by 45 runs.

The Namibian team showed numerous changes from the one that recently returned from the ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand, with only four of those members remaining, namely opening batsman Stephan Baard, middle order batsman Nicolaas Scholtz, all rounder Christi Viljoen and spin bowler Bernard Scholtz.

There were several youthful newcomers to the squad with 17-year-old SJ Loftie Eaton, 16-year-old Hermias Strauss and Vernon Cloete all making their first class debuts for the senior team, while Loftie-Eaton, Strauss and 18-year-old Danie van Schoor made their senior T20 debuts.

The match also saw the return from injury of Pikky Ya France and Raymond van Schoor, with the latter making a telling contribution in the CSA Three-Day match.

Van Schoor was the top scorer in Namibia's first innings and was unlucky not to reach his century as he was dismissed for 98, which came off 227 balls and included nine fours.

Opening batsman Stephan Baard scored 43 from 52 balls, while Christie Viljoen scored 75 from 118 balls, but there was little support from the rest of the batsmen as the whole team was out for 307 runs.

Griquas' batsmen all made telling contributions in their first innings as they reached 381 all out, with Gerhardt Abrahams (66), Aubrey Swanepoel (68) and Giovanni Joseph (69) leading the way.

Bernard Scholtz was Namibia's best bowler, taking four wickets for 85 runs off 24,4 overs, while Vernon Cloete took 3/76 off 17 overs and Christi Viljoen 2/51 off 12 overs.

Namibia however capitulated in their second innings as Griquas' spin bowling duo Werner Coetsee and Corbyn Dolley took charge.

Coetsee took 4/24 off 20,4 overs while Dolley took 4/27 off 14 overs as the whole team was dismissed for 118 runs.

Raymond van Schoor with 26 not out and Vernon Cloete with 25 were Namibia's top batsmen.

Griquas reached the winning target of 45 for the loss of only one wicket to win the match by nine wickets.

Griquas received 18,62 bonus points and Namibia 7,1. Namibia remain at the bottom of the 14-team log on 52,04 points, while Griquas are ninth on 83,34 points. Western Province are leading the log on 139,42 points.

Griquas also dominated Sunday's T20 match after their top batsmen all got among the runs.

Patrick Kruger (34) and Gihahn Cloete (36) put on 72 for the first wicket, while Aubrey Swanepoel top scored with 65 not out off 38 balls as they reached 174 for four wickets off their 20 overs.

Vernon Cloete, with 2/29 off three overs was Namibia's best bowler.

Namibia's batsmen chased Griquas' total from the start but regularly lost wickets and were eventually all out for 129 off 18,3 overs.

Vernon Cloete with 28 runs off 22 balls, which included three sixes, and Stephan Baard (26 off 17 balls) were Namibia's best batsmen.

Namibia's next match in the CSA competition is against Northerns at the Wanderers Field in Windhoek, with the three-day match starting tomorrow morning, while the T20 match will start on Sunday morning.

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