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Burger anchors Namibia's innings on day one

Bermuda's bowlers fight hard to stay in touch

Burger anchors Namibia's innings on day one - Cricket News
Bermuda's bowlers fight hard to stay in touch

An unbeaten 71 from Sarel Burger has just about given Namibia the edge on day one of its ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Bermuda in Hamilton.

Burger was assisted by a number of cameo contributions from team-mates all the way through the batting card but he was the anchor that held fast as wickets fell around him at regular intervals.

By the close, Namibia had progressed to 280-9 with the home team's bowlers sticking well to their task throughout the day. Burger's watchful innings came off 225 balls and complemented the more quick-fire efforts from those around him.

JB Burger made 42 off 46 at the top of the innings while Gerrie Snyman - never a man to shy away from hitting a big ball - scored 58, 36 of which came from sixes, and number nine batsman Tobias Verwey's invaluable 34 came from just 33 deliveries.

At the close, Sarel was still there with number 11 Louis Klazinga (eight not out) keeping him company.

The Bermuda bowlers had toiled well with four (Stefan Kelly, Dwayne Leverock, Delyone Borden and Rodney Trott) taking two wickets apiece and Stephen Outerbridge snatching one. Of those, off-spinner Borden (2-44) was the most economical with eight of his 22 overs being maidens.

It sets the game up nicely for day two. If Burger and Klazinga can add a few more, they could put the first-innings points in the bag. But if Bermuda can wrap up the Namibia innings early, Irving Romaine and his team will feel they have a good chance of causing an upset against the hitherto unbeaten Africans.

Umpires: Karran Bayney and Roger Dill from the ICC Associate and Affiliate International Umpires? Panel. Scorecard

The ICC Intercontinental Cup has quickly grown in stature and profile since its inception four years ago and now the ICC's premier first-class tournament is an integral part of the Associate Members' cricket schedule.

Having previously been designed around a two-group, three-day format, the event has evolved into an eight-team, round-robin and truly global tournament featuring four-day cricket which gives those teams who do not play Test cricket the chance to experience the longer form of the game.

Scotland won the first ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004, beating Canada in the final, while Ireland has been victorious in both events since then, beating Kenya in the 2005 decider and Canada in the 2006-07 event.

The final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2007-08 will take place in November 2008 at a venue yet to be confirmed.

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