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11 February 201617:49

Van Lingen drives Namibia U19

All-rounder’s brilliance sets up 15-run victory over Nepal U19 in seventh place play-off game

Namibia rode on an all-round performance from Michael van Lingen to beat Nepal by 15 runs in the seventh place play-off game of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Thursday (February 11).

Apart from van Lingen’s 36-ball 58 from No. 7, Lohan Louwrens scored a patient 59 as Namibia made 225 for 9 after winning the toss in a 45-over-a-side game that started late because of poor visibility. Then, Lingen returned figures of 4 for 24 in 6.2 overs as Nepal was bowled out for 210 in 44.2 overs.

Sunil Dhamala struck with the first ball of the match when he bowled Niko Davin. Namibia understandably adopted caution after that horror start as it reached 78 for 3 in 25.5 overs.

Louwrens hit five fours and a six in his 96-ball knock before being the fourth wicket to fall at the score on 109 in 31.4 overs. Charl Brits followed soon after as Nepal kept things under control.

As conditions became easier to bat, Francois Rautenbach and van Lingen got together to amass an astonishing 99 runs in 10.3 overs. The aggressive partnership gave Namibia the edge before Sandeep Lamichhane, the leg-spinner, struck twice in two balls in the 44th over.

Lamichhane had Rautenbach caught by Dipendra Airee for a 30-ball 39, after which Yogendra Karki held on to a catch to dismiss van Lingen. The duo hit six fours and three sixes between them as Namibia finished its innings on a high.

Lamichhane was Nepal’s best bowler with figures of 3 for 35 that took him to the top of the tournament’s wicket-takers’ list.

Shankar Rana fell early in Nepal’s chase before Dhamala and Karki got together to put on a stand of 97 runs in 17.4 overs for the second wicket.

With the game hanging in the balance, van Lingen removed Dhamala, Raju Rijal and Karki in the space of a few overs as Nepal was reduced to 113 for 4 in 25.4 overs.

Nepal tried to revive its chase through a fifth-wicket stand of 53 between Aarif Sheikh and Airee, but once Burton Jacobs dismissed Sheikh for 30 in the 36th over, the innings fizzled out.

Fritz Coetzee picked up three wickets and Jacobs finished with figures of 2 for 44 as Namibia finished as the best associate nation in the tournament and put itself in a strong position to earn direct qualification for the 12th edition of the tournament in New Zealand in 2018.

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