AJ Burger leads Namiba to big win
Following on from their win in the up and down three-day game, Namibia have beaten Griqualand West by 107 runs in Kimberley.
Griqualand West won the toss and chose to field first. which was soon shown to be a very bad decision. AJ Burger and Dawid Botha opened with a 61 run partnership, but when skipper Tatenda Taibu joined BUrger at the crease, the fireworks really started.
The pair put on 149 in just 20 overs, before Burger was out for 131. Taibu stayed in and made a half-century himself, eventually being dismissed for 58. The Namibian middle order collapsed however, but the ninth wicket pair of Henno Prinsloo (33) and Louis van der Westhuizen (43 not out) put on 61 more runs, to help Namibia to a huge 329/9 from their 45 overs.
The home team kept up with their run rate, but lost wickets at regular intervals. An unbeaten 55 from their captain Jason Brooker was not enough to help them, as Louis Klazinga and Nicholaas Scholtz took three wickets each to dismiss them for 222 in the 34th over.
All this means that at the half-way point of the season, Namibia are top of their group in the one-day competition, and second in the three-day competition. This will give them great confidence going into their Intercontinental Cup game against the UAE in early December, and they will hope to continue this momentum into the World Cricket League Division Two tournament they host late in 2007.