Namibia demolish UAE in two days
Namibia showed that their form in the South African provincial challenge is down to more than just the presence of Tatenda Taibu with an innings win over the UAE inside two days.
Namibia fielded first and rolled over the UAE in just 38 overs for 96, with only three of the Emirates batsmen reaching double figures. Louis Klazinga was the pick of the Namibian bowlers with 3/12 from his nine overs. Namibia's innings originally looked to be going the same way as the UAEs when they lost their first three wickets for just 37 runs, but the middle order recovered in fine style.
Captain Louis Burger made a career high 120 and shared a near-100 run partnership with Gerrie Snyman (who scored 66) as the Namibian middle order rallied. The UAE then showed an England-like inability to remove the tail as the final three Namibian wickets scored 188 to lift Namibia's total to 428, with Tobias Verwey scoring 114 from number nine. Wasim Bari showed some fight for the UAE as he took five wickets, but with his 20 overs going for 130 runs, he was by far the least-economical of the bowlers.
The UAE's second innings went much the same way as their first, with the honourable exception of Kashif Khan, who scored a quick-fire 95 from 67 balls, featuring ten fours and six sixes. But Louis Klazinga again bowled well for the home side with 5/20, and UAE were left wondering what could have been had everyone batted like Kashif Khan.
There are just two games left before the final of the tournament now, with the UAE taking on Scotland and Ireland, and the UAE will surely need to win them both if they are to meet Canada in May's final. Scotland will take a strong squad to Sharjah in January, knowing that a win will put them into the final. They will have fond memories of the ground, as this is where they won the competition in 2004.