Namibia continue fine form
Firstly, apologies for the lateness of this report, which is on games that took place just over a week ago, but I've only today managed to locate the scorecards.
In the three day game, Namibia won the toss and fielded. It proved to be a spot on decision as they bowled Free State out for just 103 with Bjorn Kotze and Burton van Rooi (on his first-class début) picking up four wickets each. Namibia then picked up a handy first innings lead as JB Burger and Sarel Burger but on a 129 run second wicket partnership. The rest of the Namibian batting line up didn't really contribute much, and Ashley Schultz took 5/47 to help dismiss the visitors for 298.
Free State captain Petrus Koortzen then scored a fine 149 to lead his team to a second innings total of 335. But with Namibia's huge first innings lead, it meant Namibia only had a target of 141. They reached the target in the 29th over for the loss of just two wickets, and former Zimbabwean captain Tatenda Taibu led the way with an unbeaten 58.
The one day game on the Sunday was less successful for the Namibians. They were dismissed for 226, Deon Kotze top scoring with an unbeaten 68. But they almost sneaked a win, when they had Free State requiring 10 runs from the last four balls with numbers 10 and 11 at the crease. But Mario Saliwa hit the fourth ball of the over for six to win the game for the home team.
Namibia's next games in these competitions will come against Mpumalanga this weekend. They are newcomers to first-class cricket, as Limpopo were, so Namibia will be hoping for a similarly comprehensive win to that they achieved in their first two matches.