Disappointing start for Namibia
Namibia's campaign in the second tier of South African domestic cricket got under-way this week, and they played Zimbabwe Provinces at Wanderers Cricket Club in Windhoek in a three-day game and one-day game, starting on Thursday.
The Zimbabweans won the toss and chose to bat first. They batted well, scoring at a reasonable rate, and reached 339/6 before they were required to declare after 85 overs. Wicket-keeper Regis Chakabva top-scored with an unbeaten 118. In Namibia's reply, no batsman got a start as skipper Blessing Mahwire tore through their line-up with 5/11, bowling them out for 107.
Mahwire chose to enforce the follow on, and Namibia batted much better in their second innings, 120 from Dawid Botha helping them to their total of 331. Mahwire was again the pick of the bowlers, taking 3/23 from his 19 overs. Zimbabwe Provinces thus had a target of 100, and they achieved this quickly, scoring 102 at a run a ball for the loss of two wickets.
The one-day game on Sunday was affected by the weather. Namibia's innings was reduced to 43 overs, and they scored 197/9 from their quota, overseas player Gerrit Rudolph top-scoring with 55. The Zimbabweans reached 26 without loss before rain brought an end to proceedings.