Namibia: Old Boys, Wanderers Win T20 Matches

WHS Old Boys and Wanderers continued on their winning ways with comfortable victories in the T20 Premier League competition on Sunday.

After beating Trustco United by nine wickets in their 50-over match on Saturday, Old Boys once again racked up a huge victory against the same opponents on Sunday to win their T20 match by 180 runs.

Mr 24/7 Welwitschia, who lost by eight wickets to Wanderers on Saturday, provided stiffer resistance in their T20 encounter, but Wanderers comfortably won the match by 45 runs.

Old Boys' top order batsmen laid the foundation for their victory as they amassed 210 runs for six wickets off their 20 overs.

Gerhard Erasmus led the way with 61 runs off 36 balls, including three sixes and seven fours, while Zane Green scored 58 off 47 balls (1x6, 7x4) and Craig Williams 43 off 19 balls (3x6, 4x4).

Their only top order batsman who failed to reach double figures was Malan Kruger who scored eight runs, while further down the order, Ruben Trumpelmann scored 8, Zhivago Groenewald 8 not out and Wimpie Viljoen 10.

United's most successful bowlers were Stefan Bezuidenhout with two wickets for 45 runs off four overs and Sean Fouche with 2/58 off four overs.

Old Boys' new signing from the coast Mauritius Ngupita then took over as he cut through United's batting line-up with a brilliant spin bowling display.

He took seven wickets for only seven runs off three and a half overs as United crashed to 30 all out. None of their batsmen could reach double figures, while Eben van Wyk (8) and Hendrik van der Walt (7) were their top scorers.

At the Wanderers ground, the home side batted first, scoring 154 for six wickets, before dismissing Mr 24/7 Welwitschia for 110.

Michael van Lingen dismissed both Wanderers' openers JP Kotze for 18 and Niko Davin for 7, quite early, but the rest of their top order batsmen made solid contributions.

Karl Birkenstock scored 38 off 23 balls (1x6, 3x4), Michau du Preez scored 36 not out, and JJ Smit and Danie van Schoor each scored 16 runs.

Michael van Lingen with two wickets for 21 runs and Renier Bosman with 2/22 were Welwitschias' best bowlers.

In Welwitschias' innings, William Lottering (1) and Marco Malan (4) were soon dismissed, but they made a spirited comeback. Michael van Lingen scored 29 off 31 balls, and Romano Scholtz scored 11, while Reynard van Zyl and Scott Winborn both scored 20 from 22 balls.

Wanderers spinner Bernard Scholtz, however, kept them in check, taking regular wickets before the whole side was out for 110 runs. Scholtz led the way with four wickets for 14 runs off four overs, while his brother Nicolaas Scholtz took 2/10 off four overs.

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