The Africa T20 Cup - one of a number of Twenty20 tournaments run by Cricket South Africa during their season - got underway today, with Namibia and Kenya involved again. Kenya's group won't be played for another two weeks, but Namibia's group is the first to play, with each team playing three matches over the weekend.
Namibia kicked off their campaign today at Willowmoore Park in Benoni against Western Province, who they beat in a narrow two run win last year. Western Province batted first, and scored 121 before they were bowled out from the last ball of their 20 overs.
Luke Philander was the top scorer for Western Province with 26, whilst Bernard Scholtz was the pick of the bowlers for Namibia, taking 3-20 with his left arm orthodox spin.
Namibia started their reply well with openers Stephan Baard and Lohan Louwrens putting on 51 before the latter was caught behind for 30 in the seventh over. Baard stayed in for another six overs to reach 34 before he was the second man out.
Craig Williams then joined Jean Bredenkamp, and the pair took Namibia to an eight wicket win with 10 balls to spare. Namibia play home side Easterns tomorrow.
Namibia beat Western Province by 8 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 25 August
Western Province 121 (20 overs, B Scholtz 3-20)
Namibia 122-2 (18.2 overs)