Bangladesh crash Namibia
NAMIBIA crashed to a third successive defeat at the U/19 Cricket World Cup when Bangladesh beat them by seven wickets at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane yesterday.
Namibia won the toss and elected to bat and although they made a reasonable start, their run rate was too slow as they got bogged down by Bangladesh’s tight bowling.
Wian van Vuuren was first out for 20 and when Pelham Myburgh (19) and Gerhard Erasmus (2) were dismissed in quick succession, Namibia were struggling at 51/3 after 23 overs.
Zhivago Groenewald joined captain Stephan Baard and the two put on a fourth wicket partnership of 48 runs to revive Namibia’s hopes. But Baard, who top scored with 40, and Groenewald, who scored 19, were out in quick succession as Namibia slumped to 105 for five wickets after 38 overs.
Namibia’s lower order batsmen could not add much to the total, with the last batsmen adding only 46 runs. Bredell Wessels scored 11, Malan Kruger 11 and Jason Davidson 12 as the whole team was out for 151 with two balls of their allotted 50 overs remaining.
Abu Jayed was Bangladesh’s most successful bowler, taking three wickets for 29 runs off eight overs.
The target was never a problem for Bangladesh as their batsmen attacked Namibia’s bowlers from the start, scoring at more than six runs an over.
Jason Davidson dismissed Soumya Sarkar for 16, but when Anamul Haque was out for 32, Bangladesh were already halfway there with the total at 88 for two wickets.
Bangladesh lost one more wicket but their opener Liton Das steered them to victory with 70 not out, as they reached 155 for three off only 37 overs.
For Namibia, Jason Davidson, Luke Bolton and Bredell Wessels each took one wicket.
Namibia will next play Ireland in the ninth-place playoff quarterfinal match on Monday. – namibiasport.com.na