Bowlers Give Namibia the Edge

Namibia’s bowlers led a fine comeback against Hong Kong on Monday as they took the initiative on the second day of their ICC Intercontinental Cup match at the Wanderers ground in Windhoek.

Namibia could only add four runs to their overnight score before they were all out for 272 runs in their first innings, but a fine bowling display by the home side saw Hong Kong reaching 202 for nine wickets at stumps on the second day.

Namibia resumed the day’s play in a g position of 268 runs for six wickets but any hopes they had of building a big score were soon dispelled as their last four wickets fell for only four runs.

JJ Smit was bowled by Tanwir Afzal off the sixth ball of the morning for four runs, while Bernard Scholtz soon followed, caught behind for a duck off Haseeb Amjad’s bowling.

Amjad also dismissed Christopher Coombe for two runs and when Tiaan Snyman was caught behind for a duck off Afzal’s bowling, the whole team was out for 272 runs.

Namibia captain Nicolaas Scholtz remained not out with a top score of 85 which came off 180 balls and included 10 fours and two sixes.

There were also good contributions from Raymond van Schoor and Sarel Burger who both scored 52, and Gerhard Erasmus with 49 runs.

Haseeb Amjad was Hong Kong’s best bowler taking five wickets for 49 runs off 23 overs, while Tanwir Afzal took three wickets for 60 runs off 24,3 overs.

Namibia made a brilliant start to Hong Kong’s innings when Sarel Burger dismissed Irfan Afmed, caught behind, off the first ball of the innings.

Namibia’s bowlers maintained the pressure and when Bernard Scholtz took a great catch at mid-on to dismiss Roy Lamsam for a duck off JJ Smit’s bowling, Hong Kong had two wickets down without a run on the board.

Skhawat Ali and Nizakat Khan put on 23 runs for the third wicket but two wickets in quick succession saw them crashing to 25 for four wickets.

First Christopher Coombe struck in his second over to have Ali caught behind for 13 off a rising delivery and then JJ Smit had JJ Atkinson caught behind for one run.

Babar Hayat joined Nizakat Khan to rebuild Hong Kong’s innings with a 35-run partnership but Sarel Burger struck with two wickets, bowling Hayat for 19 and trapping Waqas Barkat for one to reduce them to 78 for six wickets.

Nizakat Khan was still going g for Hong Kong and when he was joined by Tanwir Afzal they put on 25 runs for the seventh wicket.

Christopher Coombe however made the breakthrough when he had Khan caught by JJ Smit for a top score of 58 runs which included five fours and one six, to reduce Hong Kong to 103 for seven wickets.

Hong Kong’s tail enders however frustrated Namibia’s bowlers as Afzal and Haseeb Amjad put on 32 runs for the eighth wicket before Amjad was caught by Coombe off Smit’s bowling for 16 runs, with the total on 135.

Afzal went on to reach his half century before he was dismissed by Coombe for 52, but at close of play, Ehsan Nawaz was not out on 27 and Nadeem Ahmed not out on 6.

JJ Smit was Namibia’s top bowler, taking four wickets for 57 runs off 15 overs, while Sarel Burger had great figures of 3 for 28 off 18 overs.

Source : The Namibian