ICC applauds Cricket Namibia for successful tournament

WINDHOEK: International Cricket Council (ICC) Development Events Manager, Edward Fitzgibbon, said he was impressed by how Cricket Namibia organised the World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 tournament.

Fitzgibbon told Nampa on the sidelines of the ICC Pepsi WCL Division 2 tournaments finals here on Saturday, that the country has done a fantastic job in organising and marketing the event.

He applauded Cricket Namibia for having pulled to attract a huge crowd to the fields throughout the week, saying he will go and tell the rest of the ICC management about what he saw here.

“I have never seen a huge crowd like this at this tournament before, and this is really a good job that Cricket Namibia has done,” he said, adding that they look forward to host more tournaments in Namibia.

Fitzgibbon added that the fields in Namibia are good, and he is happy they had a successful tournament.

“I will go back to Dubai and I am going to give a good report of what I saw here, because everything was fantastic and Namibia should host more tournaments,” he stated.

Also speaking to this News Agency after the crowning of the tournament champions, Cricket Namibia’s President Richard Frankle thanked his team for a ‘well’ organised tournament.

Frankle said Namibia has proven that they can host more of the same nature.

He also thanked the public for the support throughout the tournament.

Namibia have occupied the second position of the Pepsi ICC WCL Division 2 tournament, that ended on Saturday.

The ‘Eagles’ lost to Netherlands by 8 wickets and 54 balls remaining here in the final clash of the one week tournament.

Namibia scored 212 runs in their 49 overs, losing all their wickets, while the Dutch team scored 213 runs, losing only two wickets in 41 overs.

Namibia and Netherlands have received a promotion to the WCL Division 1, where they will be joining Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.

The two countries will further receive a financial boost for their efforts, and will also be allowed to participate in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ICC World League Championships which will run from 2015 to 2017.

Meanwhile Nepal and Kenya locked horns to grab the third and fourth position of the tournament, which saw Kenya taking the third spot.

Kenya won against Nepal by 15 runs. Nepal scored 193 runs in 47 overs, losing all their wickets, while Kenya scored 208 runs in their 50 overs, losing 9 wickets.

Canada and Uganda clashed for the fifth and sixth position.

Uganda won the fifth position, after beating Canada by eight wickets with 148 balls remaining.

Canada scored 140 runs in 46 overs, losing all their wickets, while Uganda got 144 runs in 25 overs and only losing two wickets.