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Namibia and Hong Kong start latest edition of ICC Intercontinental Cup

The hosts post 268 for 6 after 96 Overs on the first day of the four-day match

Namibia and Hong Kong start latest edition of ICC Intercontinental Cup - Cricket News
Stephen Baard in action for Namibia.

Namibia’s national team got off to a good start at this year’s International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Intercontinental Cup against Hong Kong. The hosts posted 268 runs after 96 Overs with 6 wickets at the first day of the two teams four-day match today. 

The Intercontinental Cup is the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) four-day, first- class competition for the leading Associate and Affiliate Members (AMs). 

Namibia won the toss and elected to bat first. Hong Kong started off with a great spell of bowling up front, getting rid of both Xander Pitchers and Stephen Baard cheaply, with both batsmen being caught behind. 

Fortunately, the innings was resurrected by senior batsman Raymond van Schoor and Gerhard Erasmus, as both batsmen took the score to 113/2 at the lunch break. 

After the lunch break however, the Hong Kong team came back strongly, getting rid of Gerhard Erasmus for 49 runs when he played a loose shot going for a wide ball. Van Schoor carried on to make his 50 before being given out LBW for 52. 

JP Kotze did not last long, as he played the ball straight to the midwicket fielder. 

Former captain Sarel Burger was then joined by current captain, Nikolaas Scholtz and they started the rebuilding process. 

Both batsmen reached their 50’s, battling hard against some good tight bowling from the Hong Kong team. 

Sarel Burger was unlucky to be caught behind to a ball that appeared to bounce short of the fielder for 52, but fortunately, thanks to a brilliant knock from the skipper, Namibia were able to finish on a strong 268/6. 

Scholtz finished on an unbeaten 83 and is currently with JJ Smit who is on 4 not out. 

The match is well balanced, and is promising to produce some mouth-watering cricket on day 2 (Tuesday).

To see the full scorecard of this match, please click here. 

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