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Scotland sneaks past Namibia in thriller

Wessells’s all-round effort goes in vain as Namibia falls five runs short, ending its campaign with just one win

Scotland sneaks past Namibia in thriller - Cricket News
Scotland holds nerve in a thriller to beat Namibia by five runs.
Scotland held its nerve in a thriller to beat Namibia by five runs in the 13th-place playoff at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (February 26).
 
Batting first, Scotland lost wickets at regular intervals and managed to post just 178 before being bowled out in 43.4 overs. Namibia came close to chasing the target down, but with six runs to get and one wicket in hand, it went Scotland’s way, and Namibia was bowled out for 173 in 45.1 overs. 
 
First up, Marius Delport and Kobus Brand made early inroads dismissing both Scottish openers, Abdul Sabri and Andrew Umeed, with just 27 runs on the board. When Michael English (34) and Zander Muir (26) shared a 46-run stand for the fourth wicket, Scotland would have hoped to get the innings to a strong place, but both fell in the span of four overs. 
 
Wicketkeeper Alex Baum and Gavin Main put on 38 runs for the eighth wicket, but once Jano Coetzee picked up Baum for 36, Scotland folded without much more resistance.
 
For Namibia, Delport, Brand, Bredell Wessells and Coetzee all picked up two wickets. With his two wickets, Wessells overtook India's Kuldeep Yadav as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 14 wickets from six matches at an average of 21.35.
 
Chasing 179, Namibia opener Joshuan Julius shared 33-run stands with Malan Kruger and Gerhard Erasmus to place Namibia in a comfortable position after Main dismissed opener Zane Green in the second over. 
 
But once Chayank Gosain bowled Julius in the 19th over with 89 on the board, Nick Farrar struck a double blow to dismiss JP Kotze and Coetzee in successive overs and that gave Scotland the edge. 
 
Namibia did have a couple of lower-order partnerships led by Wessells, who shared a 28-stand with Brand for the last wicket and almost took his team over the line. But with Wessells dismissed by Sabri for 29, Namibia came up short.

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