Bowlers grab three wickets apiece after Short's 96 as Australia starts World Cup campaign with resounding victory
Batting first, Australia was dominant despite losing Kevin Smith early. Short made a patient 138-ball 96, with nine fours, and added 80 runs for the second wicket with Jaron Morgan before Bredell Wessells dismissed the latter for 33.
After Morgan’s dismissal, a century stand between Short and Ben McDermott (45) further strengthened Australia’s position. By the time Wessells dismissed Short, Australia was 185 for 4 in 41.4 overs, but a 35-run partnership between Alex Gregory and Bazley took Australia to 242 for 7.
Namibia, losing wickets at regular intervals, never looked comfortable in the chase. At 69 for 7 in 22.3 overs, the only bit of resistance came in the form of a 35-run eighth-wicket stand between Wessells and Johannes Smit.
Although Wessells impressed spectators, making an unbeaten 43 after returning figures of 4 for 40, he couldn't prevent Namibia from hurtling to defeat. Namibia was bowled out for 141 in 44.2 overs as Fotia grabbed 3 for 23 and Bazley snapped up 3 for 25.