Namibians take charge on Day 3
Namibia took a firm grip on their Intercontinental Cup match against Canada at the Wanderers Ground in Windhoek on Saturday, dismissing the visitors for 286 in the morning session to claim first-innings points and then removing six second-innings wickets in the course of the afternoon.
The Canadians had reached 235 in their second knock by the close of the third day, a lead of 41 with four wickets in hand. They did well to ensure that Namibia will have to bat again, but with only Sunil Dhaniram remaining of the recognised batsmen it seems that only rain can deprive Namibia of outright victory.
Resuming on 233 for four, Canada lost two quick wickets as Ian van Zyl removed Durand Soraine and Aftab Shamsudeen, but it was opening bowler Gerrie Snyman who bowled the decisive spell. He secured the vital breakthrough when he ended Mohammad Iqbal's long resistance, having him caught by Durand for 140, made off 195 balls with 22 fours and a six.
He then took the remaining three wickets, which added only 12 runs despite some dogged batting from Dhaniram, who was left not out on 22.
Snyman finished with four for 63, while Van Zyl had three for 56 and Louis Klazinga, who had started the rot on Friday, ended with two for 27.
Following on 194 behind, Canada were again quickly in trouble as Klazinga removed Abdul Chaudrey for the second time, and they went to lunch on 27 for one.
Worse was to follow when, in the eleventh over, Iqbal was forced to retire hurt. But he was able to return when Qaiser Ali fell to Van Zyl with the total on 67, and he and Trevin Bastiampillai added 125 for the third wicket either side of tea.
If the middle session went Canada's way, the final period of the day belonged firmly to Namibia as four wickets fell for the addition of 137 runs. It was Klazinga who again played a key role, having Bastiampillai caught behind by Tobie Verwey for 63, and then trapping Iqbal leg-before for 88 in his next over. The Canadian opener thus fell just twelve runs short of becoming the second player, after the Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate, to score a century in each innings of an Intercontinental Cup match.
With Kola Burger and Deon Kotze picking up a wicket apiece, the day ended with Namibia clearly in the driver's seat. The new ball will be due early on Sunday morning, and it would take some extraordinary heroics from the Canadian lower order to deprive the home side of a comfortable victory.