A 7th wicket stand of 91 between Namibian skipper Louis Burger and Bjorne Kotze has left the final of the Intercontinental Cup very much in the balance, as Namibia recovered from 119 for 6 to reach 241 for 9 at stumps on the first day.
Burger has struck 10 fours and a six in his unbeaten 72 from 162 balls, finding the perfect ally in Kotze, who defied the Irish attack in making a fine 43 from 103 deliveries, striking 4 fours and a six.
Kotze's resistance was ended by Boyd Rankin with the new ball, trapping him in front with the score on 210. With just one run added, Peter Connell struck twice in the space of 3 balls, having Verwey caught by West off a skied drive at mid off for 0, and Klazinga lbw for 0.
Any hopes Ireland had of wrapping up the innings before the end were dashed by a swashbuckling cameo from Kola Burger, who crashed 5 fours in an undefeated 22 from just 11 balls, including 4 boundaries in one over from Connell. 30 runs came in the last 3 overs, and Ireland will need to capture the final wicket early tomorrow before any further damage is inflicted.
At tea, Ireland were very much in the ascendancy after capturing 4 Namibian wickets for just 65 runs in the 30 overs of the afternoon session, leaving them on 138 for 6.
Peter Connell removed Craig Williams (25), and Sorel Burger (21), in quick succession just after the lunch interval. Alex Cusack taking a sharp catch at point to remove Williams, and skipper William Porterfield also got in on the act, clasping a low chance at 3rd slip to dismiss Burger.
Andre Botha, on his 100th appearance for Ireland, got the prize wicket of Gerrie Synman for just 9 - Peter Connell taking an easy spooned catch at mid-off to leave Namibia deep in trouble at 104 for 5.
Alex Cusack was introduced in the 51st over of the innings, and had immediate sucess, having Deon Kotze (5) well caught by Trent Johnston at first slip, the total at that stage 119-6.
Louis Burger has batted steadily, reaching tea unbeaten on 33, which included 6 boundaries, two of which came off successive Boyd Rankin deliveries. He's been joined by Bjorne Kotze (8*), and together they've added an unbroken 19 as they attempt to salvage the Namibian innings.
In the morning session Namibia had made a solid start in their quest to capture the Intercontinental Cup, reaching 73 for 2 at lunch.
Having won the toss, Louis van der Westhuizen and Andries Burger put on 36 for the opening wicket, before the extra bounce generated by Boyd Rankin accounted for van der Westhuizen (18). He only succeeded in prodding a steepling delivery to gully, where Kevin O'Brien took the simplest of catches.
With just one run added to the total, Trent Johnston bowled Burger with his 3rd delivery, and at that stage Ireland were very much in the ascendancy.
It could have been much better, as Kevin O'Brien dropped Sorel Burger at second slip off the bowling of Andre Botha, when he had made just a single. Trent Johnston also can count himself very unlucky not to have gained an lbw decision from umpire Paul Baldwin when Craig Williams had yet to get off the mark.
After a period of consolidation, Namibia have started to score more freely, with Williams (23*) crashing successive boundaries off Trent Johnston on the stroke of lunch.