Namibia draw first three-day match
Namibia have got their second campaign in the South African Airways Three-Day Challenge underway with a draw against North West in Windhoek. No Tatenda Taibu for Namibia this year as he has returned to Zimbabwe, and Namibia's overseas contingent this year is made up of the rather unusual choice of Louis Vorster, a 40 year old South African who hasn't played first-class cricket for the best part of a decade and is captaining the side, along with Gerritt Rudolph, brother of South African Test cricketer Jacques. Their eligibility status for Namibia in ICC tournaments is unknown at the time of writing.
North West batted first and their first innings was dominated by two players as Niel Bredenkamp and Jimmy Kgamadi both scored 125, putting on 214 for the fourth wicket as they led their team to 337/7 before they had to declare after 85 overs. Most of the Namibian middle order contributed in ther reply of 340/9 before their 85 overs were up, Kreeson Naiker taking five wickets.
North West took the game away from Namibia in the second innings, scoring 468/5 before declaring, with centuries coming this time from Riyaadh Bhayat and another one from Niel Bredenkamp who again scored 125. This left Namibia to bat out the game for a draw, scoring 147/3.
These teams meet in a one-day match tomorrow, and this match will have given Namibia some much needed match practice before they take on a weak Canada side in the Intercontinental Cup on Thursday.