Namibia Lose to Gauteng

Namibia lost their final Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 match of the season when they went down by four wickets to Gauteng at the Wanderers field on Sunday.

In an exciting finish, the match went down to the wire as Gauteng scored the winning runs with just two balls remaining, scoring 124 for six wickets in reply to Namibia’s 123 for five.

After being sent in to bat, Namibia lost two early wickets, with Wessel Myburgh and Sarel Burger both being dismissed for one run.

Gerrie Snyman however kept the scoreboard ticking with three huge sixes but was caught out for 26 when he mis-timed a pull shot.

Raymond van Schoor and Nicolaas Scholtz steadied Namibia’s innings with a 79-run partnership before Van Schoor was out for 44 off 33 balls, while Scholtz remained not out on 41 off 46 balls.

In Gauteng’s innings, Namibia got off to a great start when Hendrik Geldenhuys bowled Dominic Hendricks for a duck with the second ball of the innings.

Gauteng however soon took control as their top order batsmen, led by Malcolm Nofal, weighed in with solid contributions.

Nofal, who top-scored with 56 not out off 54 balls, hit the winning runs with two balls remaining, as they reached 124 for six.

On Saturday, the CSA Three-Day match between the two sides ended in a draw after only one day’s play was possible due to a wet pitch.

After the recent rains, play had to be cancelled on the first two days, and although p[lay was possible on the third day, a result was by then out of the question.

Namibia however gave a shaky performance as they were skittled out for 87 runs in their first innings.

JP Kotze, who top scored with 28 and Stephan Baard with 27 were the only batsmen to reach double figures as Namibia wilted under Gauteng’s attack, for whom Pumelela Matchikwe took five wickets for 19 runs off 10 overs.

Gauteng raced to 88 for the loss of one wicket off only 20,2 overs to take the first innings honours, before the match was called off.

With the round robin phase of the CSA tournament now complete, Namibia finished last in both the Three-Day and T20 competitions.

In the Three-Day competition Namibia finished last with 64,04 points from their 13 matches.

Western Province, who won the pool with 167,3 points, and second-placed North West on 157,18 points, will contest the final.

In the T20 competition, Namibia finished last in the Inland Pool with two points from six matches. Gauteng, who won the pool with 22 points, will meet the Coastal Pool winner, Kwazulu Natal Inland in the final.

Source : The Namibian