Snyman in the record books again
Back in late November we were marvelling at Gerrie Snyman's batting in the one-day game as he smashed the ball to all parts during Division Two of the World Cricket League, highlighted by his 196 against the UAE.
That was the highest List A score by a non-Test player, the highest List A score in a match between two national sides, and the highest List A score in a losing cause. Today he has also showed that he can turn it on in the long form of the game.
His innings of 230 came out of Namibia's second innings total of 282. This is 81.56% of the total, the highest since Glenn Turner scored 141 out of 169 (83.43%) for Worcestershire against Glamorgan in 1977. In addition, only once has a team scored less when a player makes a double century, when Oxford University scored 280/1 against the MCC at Lord's in 1938. Micky Walford, who would play for Somerset after the war, played the Snyman role then, scoring 201.
The innings came close to those records, but has beaten one record, the highest individual score for Namibia. That record was set by Daniel Kuelder, who scored 227 in an innings win over Italy in 1996.
After a poor start for Namibia, Snyman has showed himself to be their leading all-rounder. He is fast approaching the stage where he could challenge Ryan ten Doeschate as the associate world's leading all-rounder. Could county cricket be knocking on his door too?