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Namibia narrowly edge opening World Cricket League Championship encounter

Nikolaas Scholtz leads from the front with 4 for 42 to keep Hong Kong to 194 for 9 in 50 overs before batsmen manage to hold on for a one-wicket win

Namibia narrowly edge opening World Cricket League Championship encounter - Cricket News
Hong Kong put up 194 for 9 n 50 overs.
Namibia’s cricket national team narrowly edged past Hong Kong in the two nations first ICC World Cricket League Championship One Day encounter in Windhoek on Friday. The hosts, who had convincingly triumphed over their Asian counterparts in the ICC’s Intercontinental Cup four-day match during the week, managed to hold on to a one wicket victory with only 4 balls remaining after an highly entertaining and nail biting match at the Wanderes field.

Thanks to a solid 40 off 52 Hong Kong managed to get off a good start to eventually reach 194/9 in their 50 overs.

On a pitch that appeared to have a lot of assistance for the spinners, captain Nikolaas Scholtz took charge for his team in their innings by taking 4/42 in 8 overs. However, Hong Kong weren't done yet, as they had the Namibians in a huge hole at 13/4 thanks to an inspirational spell by Nadeem Ahmed who ended with figures of 4/27 in his 10 overs.

Keeping their cool, Raymond van Schoor and Sarel Burger were able to steady the ship for Namibia. Van Schoor scored an excellent 31 before being caught behind. 

This brought their inspirational skipper Scholtz to the crease where he put on an inspirational innings with the former captain Sarel Burger. Burger made his 50 before being dismissed on 52 and Scholtz was dismissed for 40 runs.

JP Kotze then came in and in the attempt to guide the team home, wickets continued to fall around him.

Things looked secured for the Namibian team as they needed 1 run to win off the last over with 2 wickets in hand before Bernhard Scholtz was run out, leaving Namibia 1 run to win off the last 5 balls with only 1 wicket in hand. To the delight of supporters, Kotze held his nerve and was able to steer the team home.

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

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