West Indies win Namibia warm-up
THE West Indies comfortably beat Namibia by seven wickets in an Under 19 Cricket World Cup warmup match in Brisbane yesterday.
It was Namibia’s second successive defeat in warmup matches after they lost by 7 wickets to Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
The Windies elected to bat after winning the toss and posted a formidable 328 for 7 wicvkets after theitr 50 overs.
Their openining batsman Sunil Ambris top scored with 103 runs before he retired hurt.
There were also big contributions from John Campbell with 78 and Anthony Alleyne with 68.
Namibia’s bowlers all struggled under the batting onslaught with Jason Davidson, Bredell Wessels, Luke Bolton, Christopher Coombe and Zhivago Groenewald each getting one wicket.
Namibia’s innings got off to a poor start as they slumped to 15 for 2 wickets after the early dismissals of Wian van Vuuren (4) and Justin Baard (8), and when Stephan Baard was out for 16 Namibia were struggling at 41/3.
Jano Coetzee and Malan Kruger started a revival for Namibia with a 78-run fourth wicket partnership before Kruger was run out for 35.
Coetzee went on to top score with 89 runs but there was little support from the rest of the batsmen as Namibia were all out for 182.
Ronsford Beaton was the Windies’ best bowler, taking 4/43 off 9 overs, while Marquino Mindley took 3/18 off 9 overs.
On Tuesday, Namibia could only manage to score 180 runs in their innings, which Zimbabwe comfortably reached the total for the loss of only three wickets. Captain Stephan Baard was Namibia’s top scorer with 36 runs.
Namibia’s first match in the tournament is against Sri Lanka on Monday, August 13.