Six second-innings wickets from JB Burger secures victory for Namibia
Namibia all but guarantees its place in ICC Intercontinental Cup final with 103-run win
Six second-innings wickets from leg-spinner JB Burger secured outright victory for Namibia against Bermuda in Hamilton on Saturday and has propelled the unbeaten Africans to the top of the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2007-08 table.
The 27-year-old Burger bowled 20 overs in Bermuda’s second dig, finishing with figures of 6-56, including the all-important wicket of the home team’s top-scorer Stephen Outerbridge.
Captain Louis Burger used no fewer than nine bowlers in the fourth innings of the game in an effort to dismiss a determined Bermuda line-up. He eventually settled on JB and off-spinner Deon Kotze (3-31), who between them bowled the lion’s share of the overs and also took nine of the 10 wickets to fall.
Most Bermuda batsmen managed to get starts with seven progressing into double figures but only Outerbridge was able to capitalise on that. His contribution of 78 came off 117 deliveries and included nine fours before he was clean bowled by JB.
Bermuda was eventually dismissed for 195 as Namibia won the match by 103 runs.
This win puts Namibia top of the ICC Intercontinental Cup table and almost guarantees it a place in the final, which will take place later this year at a venue yet to be decided. With just three matches remaining in the tournament, there are still three sides that can book their place in the decider.
In October, Ireland travels to Africa to take on Namibia in Windhoek and then Kenya in Nairobi. Two outright victories will be enough for the defending champion but if William Porterfield’s men slip up, the final will be an all-Africa affair for the first time in the competition’s history.
3-6 October – Namibia v Ireland, Wanderers, Windhoek
11-14 October – Kenya v Ireland, Nairobi Gymkhana
Final - TBC
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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