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Namibia turn to I-Cup

Mon, 26 January 2015 04:02
by Andreas Kathindi
Sports





The Namibian Cricket Team will shift their focus to the ICC intercontinental cup to be held in May after losing to Netherlands by eight wickets in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division Two last weekend.
The competition will be contested by the leading associate members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and will run in parallel with the 2015-17 ICC World Cricket League Championship.
The host posted a rather uncompetitive 212 runs when they batted first and the Dutch sailed through to the total rather easily. The Dutch batsman did not show any signs against a rather ordinary bowling from the Namibians.
As the two top teams from the tournament, Namibia will join winners, Netherlands, along with Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea for the tournament which will run from April 2015 to 2017.
Namibia had been poised to end the week long Division Two competition as champions after beating Netherlands by 188 runs in an earlier fixture, however found their Dutch counterparts too hot to handle this time. With a runs score of 212 to chase, Netherlands won the game by eight wickets with 54 balls spare after Namibia had batted first.
While the Namibian seamers failed to lead the way with a rather ordinary line and length bowling spinners also failed to induce the surprise ball to the Dutch. The Namibian spinners struggled for good lines and lengths for the better part of the game in the way giving the Dutch batsmen a rather easy run chase.
The Namibian bowlers failed to use their home conditions to their advantage and allowed the Dutch batsman to settle easily with the opening pair of the visitors easily putting up an 80 run opening stand. The Dutch also did pretty well to adjust to what looked like good bating conditions with a flat pitch. The pitch also failed to offer any assistance to the Namibian bowlers who somehow struggled to string a few good balls together.
Whenever Namibia seemed like they had created pressure to the batsman their fielders constantly let lose allowing the Dutch to control their bating through ones and twos and also getting that occasional boundary.
The Namibians were also let down by rather ordinary fielding that saw a couple of half chances and genuine chances being dropped.
Namibia captain Nicolaas Scholtz said despite beating Netherlands on Tuesday, they always expected a final to be tough.
“We knew going into the game that they were going to be tough to beat, even though we did not expect to lose in this manner. Now we are looking forward to the I-cup in which we hope to do well,” said Scholtz.
Namibia cricket president, Richard Frankle was in a jovial mood having hosted a successful tournament and extended his appreciation to the many who attended up for the games.
“I’m very proud of our boys.  They did very well even to qualify for the cup in the first place. I also appreciate the support from the fans because they came out in numbers. This has been the most successful tournament we have hosted to congratulations to all of them.”