Namibia ends second at Pepsi-ICC World Cricket cup

WINDHOEK: Namibia have occupied the second position of the Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (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.

On Friday, Namibia booked their place to play in the finals after beating Canada by eight wickets and 57 balls remaining.

Their defeat to Netherlands was their second during the tournament, after suffering the first one to Nepal by three wickets with 73 balls remaining.

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.

Speaking to Nampa shortly after being crowned as the champions, Netherlands Captain Peter Borren said it was a tough tournament for them, but grateful that they have won the cup.

He said they were disappointed when they lost to Namibia on Monday, but have regrouped themselves to win again.

Borren applauded Cricket Namibia for the organisation of the tournament and the marketing, stating that he was amused to see the crowed that came out to watch them and Namibia play.

Also speaking to this news Agency, Namibia’s Captain Nicolaas Scholtz stated that being promoted to the World Cricket Division 1 is an honour for them but also a hard journey ahead.

He stated that teams at that level are all strong, and they will continue with their positive spirit, and give their outmost performance at that level.

“I am very proud of my teammates as we gave it all our best, although we could not take up the first spot,” he said.

(edited)WINDHOEK: Namibia has occupied the second position of the Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 tournament, that ended on Saturday.

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

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.

On Friday, Namibia booked their place to play in the finals after beating Canada by eight wickets and 57 balls remaining.

Their defeat to Netherlands was their second during the tournament, after suffering the first one to Nepal by three wickets with 73 balls remaining.

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.

Speaking to Nampa shortly after being crowned as the champions, Netherlands Captain Peter Borren said it was a tough tournament for them, but grateful that they have won the cup.

He said they were disappointed when they lost to Namibia on Monday, but have regrouped themselves to win again.

Borren applauded Cricket Namibia for the organisation of the tournament and the marketing, stating that he was amused to see the crowed that came out to watch them and Namibia play.

Also speaking to this news Agency, Namibia’s Captain Nicolaas Scholtz stated that being promoted to the World Cricket Division 1 is an honour, although a though journey lie ahead.

He stated that teams at that level are all strong, and they will continue with their positive spirit, and give their outmost performance at that level.

“I am very proud of my teammates as we gave it all our best, although we could not take up the first spot,” he said.

SOURCE: NAMPA