Namibians enhance ICC promotion prospects with win over Canada in cricket qualifier

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Windhoek - Namibia are back on the victory trail after defeating Canada by 98 runs in an International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Division 2 match in Windhoek, Namibia on Tuesday.

Namibia suffered a dramatic 2-run loss to the USA at the weekend.

They were put into bat and totalled 258 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 50 overs, before bowling the Canadians out for 160.

In the Namibian innings, Stephan Baard paced himself perfectly following the early loss of fellow opener JP Kotze for six (caught and bowled by Navneet Dhaliwal), putting on a second-wicket partnership of 73 with Jean Bredenkamp (24).

Baard was eventually bowled by Nikhil Dutta for 90 off 130 balls to leave the hosts at 188/5 with 7 overs remaining.

Craig Williams and JJ Smit (35 from 23 balls) picked up the pace as a quickfire partnership of 51 helped them reach a total of 258 for six, with the former ending unbeaten on 65 from 59 balls.

For Canada, Rodrigo Thomas (28), Nitish Kumar (19) and South African-born skipper Davy Jacobs (23) all got good starts but the loss of wickets slowed the run-rate and moved victory out of their reach.

Jan Frylinck (3-24) and Zhivago Groenewald (3-42) were the pick of the Namibian bowlers and although number 10 Dillon Heyliger (29 not ut) briefly frustrated them as part of a 32-run tenth-wicket stand, the Namibians recorded their second win in three matches in the tournament.

“Very proud of the boys today, we had a very good game and we had to fight hard, conditions were quite tough,” said Baard afterwards.

“I think the boys did very well and we can be proud of that. In a competition like this where everything is on the line, you do everything possible and you don’t want to leave anything until the last moment of the tournament. We will hopefully keep winning and end up where we want to be.”

Canadian captain was naturally disappointed to be on the wrong end of the result.

“Going into today we haven’t won a game and we really needed to get on the board today, but we didn’t,” said Jacobs.

“There are two games left and all we can do is focus on that.” - Nampa/ANA

 

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