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29 January 201615:08

Loftie-Eaton's all-round show gives Namibia U19 big win

Bowlers keep Scotland to 159, before batsmen scale down the target with 24 overs to spare and nine wickets in hand

Loftie-Eaton's all-round show gives Namibia U19 big win - Cricket News
Namibia Under-19's preparations heading into the ICC Under-19 World Cup had been far from ideal as the team lost both its warm-up matches -- by 155 runs to England Under-19 and by eight wickets to Zimbabwe Under-19. But it came up with a clinical performance to make a strong start to the tournament proper, defeating Scotland Under-19 by nine wickets on Friday (January 29).

Michael van Lingen led the charge with the ball, returning figures of 3 for 19 in eight overs, as Namibia bowled Scotland out for 159 in 36.3 overs after being asked to bowl at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar.

Its top three then made handy contributions to facilitate a comfortable chase as Namibia made 162 for 1 in just 26 overs to scale down the target with 144 balls remaining. But it was the all-round contribution of SJ Loftie-Eaton that stood out. Loftie-Eaton picked up 2 for 13 off 3.3 overs before anchoring the chase with an unbeaten 67.

Fritz Coetzee, the left-arm medium pacer, struck straightaway, removing Jack Waller off the first ball of the innings. Owais Shah, Scotland's No. 3, who top-scored, did the bulk of the scoring after his arrival, dominating partnerships of 30 and 28 with Rory Johnston and Neil Flack, the captain, respectively.

When Owais was dismissed, caught off Loftie-Eaton, the right-arm medium pacer, he had made 39 of the 59 runs Scotland had managed. Following Owais's dismissal, Namibia once again hurt the opposition with frequent strikes as Scotland's middle order offered no resistance. That it got to 159 was courtesy Haris Aslam, who scored 31 batting at No. 8. Aslam added 32 for the ninth wicket with Cameron Sloman before Sloman added a further 30 runs for the final wicket with Mohammad Ghaffar. Ghaffar was dismissed for 16, trapped leg before by Loftie-Eaton, while Sloman remained unbeaten on 13.

Van Lingen found good support, with Warren van Wyk, Loftie-Eaton and Charl Brits picking up two wickets each.

Namibia had struggled with the bat in the two-warm-up games against England and Zimbabwe, managing scores of 152 all out and 118 for 9 respectively. But Loftie-Eaton and Niko Davin, the openers, ensured that wouldn't be the case this time around. Loftie-Eaton and Davin put on 95 for the opening wicket in just 15.3 overs. Davin scored 52 off 37 balls, including 10 boundaries before being stumped off Aslam.

Zane Green, the Namibia captain, then continued the good work with Loftie-Eaton and ensured his team didn't face any more hiccups. Green stayed not out on 39 off 42 balls, while Loftie-Eaton's 78-ball knock contained nine boundaries. The duo's unbroken second-wicket stand was worth 67 off just 63 balls.

Namibia has a big challenge in front of it as it faces South Africa Under-19 next, while Scotland will take on Bangladesh Under-19. Both matches take place on Sunday at the same venue.

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