Namibia pulled off an upset as they beat Netherlands by 91 runs in their ICC World Cup qualifier © Getty Images (Representation photo)
Wellington: Jan 15, 2014
Namibia opened its ICC World Cup Qualifier campaign in style with a 91-run victory over the Netherlands, in a Group B clash at the Bay Oval on Wednesday .
An all-round team performance saw the side post 253 for six in its 50 overs,with Gerrie Snyman scoring 74.
The 32-year-old hit 9 fours and put on a 58-run fifth-wicket stand with Nicolaas Scholtz (27) before being run out in the penultimate over.
Christi Viljoen (46 not out) and Craig Williams (36) added quick runs to bring the Namibia total to 253.
Netherlands’ Mudassar Bukhari shined with the ball, claiming three wickets for 40 runs, while Michael Swart took two wickets for 44.
The Namibia bowling attack tied up the Netherlands run chase, with fast-medium bowler Christi Viljoen claiming a four-wicket haul. The Netherlands lost its openers cheaply in the first five overs, before captain Peter Borren (29) steadied the innings.
The skipper faced only 17 balls and struck five boundaries before falling to Nicolaas Scholtz in the tenth over. Borren’s departure sparked a mini batting collapse, before youngster Michael Rippon (44 not out) came to the crease and played a patient knock.
The 22-year-old was the last man remaining as Netherlands finished its innings, 162 all out in 36.5 overs.
Viljoen finished with four wickets for 33, while Bernard Scholtz and Louis Klazinga claimed two wickets apiece. Man-of-the-Match, Snyman said the victory was the result of a team effort, with good partnerships through the innings.
“Our batsmen were backed up really well by the bowlers. They worked out the wicket well. Momentum is the biggest thing in a tournament like this, and a win first up is just what we wanted,” said Snyman.
Netherlands captain Borren was disappointed with the result after a strong opening performance against Uganda.
“We obviously didn’t play to our usual standard. The team’s batting performance was simply not good enough and we’ll have to improve pretty quickly,” said Borren.
Namibia 253 for 6 in 50 overs (Gerrie Snyman 74, Christi Viljoen 46*, Craig Williams 36; Mudassar Bukhari 3 for 40, Michael Swart 2 for 44) beat Netherlands 162 in 36.5 overs (Michael Rippon 44*, Stephan Myburgh 40; Christi Viljoen 4-33, Bernard Scholtz 2-31, Louis Klazinga 2-36) by 91 runs.