Two defeats for Namibia
Namibia's participation in the second tier of South African domestic cricket is proving to not be as successful as it was last season, as they lost both matches against Griqualand West this week.
In the three-day match finishing on Saturday, Namibia started well enough by bowling their opponents out for 198, but failed to capitalise on that when they were bowled out for just 126 themselves, Jandree Coetzee taking 4/31.
Griqualand West tightened the screw in the second innings as they scored 349 with Adrian McLaren scoring 118. Gerrie Snyman and Craig Williams both took three wickets for Namibia. This gave Namibia a target of 421 and for a while it looked like they were going to reach it as Williams and wicket-keeper Raymond van Schoor combined for a second wicket partnership of 96.
Gerrie Snyman then came to the crease and completed a fine all-round performance with 121, frustrating the fielding side enough to force them to use seven bowlers, but no other batsman stayed with him and he was last out with Namibia on 273, losing by 148 runs.
Things didn't go much better in Sunday's one-day game, with Griqualand West racing to 321/6 from their 45 overs before Namibia were bowled out for 182, leaving Namibia ahead of only Zimbabwe Provinces in the pool table for both competitions.
Namibia now travel to Benoni to take on Easterns, with the three-day match starting on Thursday, which will be their final match before they host World Cricket League Division Two at the end of the month.