Namibia continued their unbeaten run in WCL Division 2, steamrolling a hapless Dutch side by 188 runs. The hosts posted a tournament best total of 314, Gerrie Snyman (72) and Gerhard Erasmus (91) leading the onslaught, before the Namibian attack, spearheaded by Lois Klazinga, quickly broke the Dutch reply - the erstwhile favourites eventually skittled for just 126 runs.
After Namibia had been invited to bat by Dutch skipper Peter Borren, a run-a-ball 83 run opening stand by openers Gerrie Snyman and Stephan Baard set the tone for the match. The pair took full advantage of some wayward bowling, with the Dutch sending down far too much short and rather too much on leg stump.
Baard eventually fell to Michael Rippon for 41 but but a breakneck 91 from 83 balls from number 3 Gerhart Erasmus set the platform for a big score for the hosts. The Dutch attack managed to snag several wickets as the Namibians looked to kick on, but could barely contain the scoring rate as Nick Scholtz and Sarel Burger took the score past 300.
Trying to arrest the flow of runs, Borren took the desperate step of bringing himself into the attack, in spite of a recently operated-upon shoulder which had kept him from bowling for several months. And indeed he looked the best of the bowlers for some time - bowling tidily wicket-to-wicket - until the increasingly reckless aggression of the Namibian lower order took its tole on his figures too.
Despite wickets falling in toward the end of the innings, Mudassar Bukhari and Ahsan Malik eventually bagging three each, the Dutch had left themselves with a 315-run mountain to climb as the teams went to lunch. Promoting Bukhari up the order to add some urgency to proceedings yielded rewards initially, as he dominated a quick-scoring opening partnership with Stephan Myburgh, but after he was caugth down leg off Sarel Burger hope quickly faded for the Dutch.
Ben Cooper kept the pace up briefly, making 17 off 15 before he became the first of Louis Klazinga's victims, but thereafter the Netherlands went swiftly to pieces. The following five overs saw the departure of Szwarczynski, Barresi, Borren and Myburgh whilst adding just 14 runs to the total, and for a while it looked like the Dutch mike struggle to make triple figures.
Once again Michael Rippon kept a lonely vigil to spare them that embarrasment, making 26 from 33 to take them past 100, and some care-free slugging from Paul van Meekeren added another 14, though with nearly half their allotted overs remaining some might think there were a few more runs to be had when he skied the last delivery of the match into the hands of JJ Smit.
As it was, the Dutch innings lasted just 28.1 overs and saw just 126 runs. Given the potential significance of net run rate to the eventual rankings it's a scoreline the Netherlands may yet have cause to regret. The result leaves them near certainly needing to win their next two games against Kenya and Uganda to have a chance of a top-two spot, and even then will need other results to fall in their favour. For the hosts their is little such anxiety, have established themselves two points clear at the top of the table ahead of the match against Nepal tomorrow.