Namibia's campaign in the South African Airways Provincial Three-Day Challenge got started with a heavy defeat of Western Province in Windhoek.
Batting first, Namibia were quickly reduced to 57/4 before Louis Burger joined the big hitting Gerrie Snyman at the crease. The pair put on 136 runs for the fifth wicket before Snyman was dismissed for 84. Craig Williams stayed in for a while as Burger reached his century, the pair putting on 96 runs for the sixth wicket before Williams was out LBW to Gurshwin Rabie.
Louis Burger followed him back to the pavilion shortly afterwards having scored 125, dismissed by the same bowler, who eventually took 6/48 before Namibia were required to declare after 85 overs. They scored 328/9 in those 85 overs.
Western Province started reasonably well in their reply, putting on 52 for the first wicket and with Richard Levi scoring 51. But the Burger boys starred with the ball, taking all ten wickets between them as Western Province capitulated for just 168. Kola Burger took 5/69, Sarel Burger took 4/22 and Jan-Berrie Burger took the other wicket to fall.
Namibia opted not to enforce the follow on and batted again, losing Deon Kotze to the first ball from Gurshwin Rabie. Jan-Berrie Burger then ensured Namibia didn't collapse, putting on 106 with Sarel Burger for the second wicket before Sarel was out for 33.
Jan-Berrie Burger stayed in to make 79, and wicket-keeper Tobias Verwey scored 72 from just 58 balls down the order to move Namibia's total along. Skipper Louis Burger scored an unbeaten 27 before declaring Namibia's innings closed with the score on 287/8.
This set Western Province a stiff target of 448. Only one of their batsman was up to the challenge - Martin Walters, who scored 75. The rest of the visiting side's batting line-up folded around him, the next highest score being just 19 - from extras. Kola Burger was the pick of the Namibian bowlers with 5/47 as Western Province were bowled out for 146, Namibia winning by 301 runs.
The sides meet again today in a one-day match, with Namibia in confident mood after getting back into the groove of first-class cricket after their two day defeat against Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup last week.
Namibia beat Western Province by 301 runs
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek, 16-18 October
Namibia 328/9 dec. (85 overs, L Burger 125, G Snyman 84, C Williams 35, G Rabie 6/48) & 287/8 dec. (56 overs, A Burger 79, T Verwey 72, C Williams 37, G Rabie 3/26)
Western Province 168 (47.5 overs, R Levi 51, K Burger 5/69, S Burger 4/22) & 146 (59 overs, M Walters 75, K Burger 5/47)