Namibia strengthened its claim for a place in the final after setting a target of 299 runs
Namibia strengthened its claim for a place in the final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup when it set Bermuda 299 runs target after 19 wickets fell on the third day in Hamilton on Friday.
When play ended on the penultimate day, the home team was 21-1 and will require another 278 runs on the last day to avoid its sixth defeat in seven matches.
In contrast, Namibia will need nine wickets to not only maintain its unbeaten run in the tournament but to also surge to the top of the table on 102 points which would almost guarantee it a spot in November’s final although mathematically there would still be a chance that both Kenya and Ireland could overtake it before then.
Bermuda, resuming its first innings at the score of 91-1 in reply to Namibia’s 320, batted at a snail’s pace to add 84 runs in 53.3 overs to be bowled out for 175. Off-spinner Deon Kotze was the pick of Namibia bowlers with figures of 27-13-31-4 while Jan-Berrie Burger (2-5) and Louis Klazinga (2-32) were the other wicket-takers.
After securing 145 runs first innings lead, Namibia batted aggressively to declare its second innings at 153-9 that gave it an overall lead of 298 runs. Gerrie Snyman was the visitors’ top scorer with a 52-ball 57 while Tobias Verway chipped in with a valuable 34 not out from 30 balls.
Bermuda fast bowler Stefan Kelly followed up his 2-68 with 4-53 while Dwayne Leverock bagged 3-51 and Delyone Borden snapped up 2-41.
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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