Hong Kong have managed to take their Intercontinental Cup match into a fourth day - which was longer than this writer expected - but they face a tough task if they are to chase down a target of 304 and win the game.
Resuming on 202-9 this morning in Windhoek, Hong Kong lasted just another three deliveries before Bernard Scholtz trapped number 11 Nadeem Ahmed lbw to bowl the visitors out for 203, 69 runs behind Namibia's first innings total.
Namibia's second innings was led by Xander Pitchers, who played a patient century before Namibia captain Nicolaas Scholtz declared. Pitchers was on 107 from 269 balls when the declaration came, with Namibia having scored 234-5. Raymond van Schoor also chipped in for the home side with 42.
After his first ball duck in the first innings, Hong Kong opted to move Irfan Ahmed down the order, instead opening with Skhawat Ali and Roy Lamsam. The pair scored three in the two overs they had to bat before the close of play.
Hong Kong therefore need another 301 on the final day to win the match. They may be best served playing for the draw and taking home 3 points, but Namibia are certainly capable of taking all ten Hong Kong wickets in the day's play.
Namibia v Hong Kong - Stumps Day Three
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek, 10-13 May
Namibia 272 (102.3 overs, N Scholtz 85*, R van Schoor 52, S Burger 52, Haseeb Amjad 5-49, Tanwir Afzal 3-60)
Hong Kong 203 (82.3 overs, Nizakat Khan 58, Tanwir Afzal 52, JJ Smit 4-57, S Burger 3-28)
Namibia 234-5d (89 overs, X Pitchers 107*, R van Schoor 42)
Hong Kong 3-0 (2 overs)