Namibia have secured qualification for the semi-finals of the Africa T20 Cup - South Africa's provincial T20 competition - after beating South West Districts today in Benoni.
Namibian captain Sarel Burger won the toss and put his opponents in to bat first. Both openers were dismissed cheaply, and only three of the none South West Districts players to bat were able to reach double figures.
Obus Pienaar top scored for them with 39, whilst Letlotlo Sesele chipped in with 28. Some tight bowling from Namibia helped restrict them to just 104-7 from their 20 overs.
Namibia lost Lohan Louwrens for a duck early on in their reply, but fellow opener Stephan Baard stayed in, reaching 30 before being trapped lbw by Sammy Mofokeng. A knock of 36 from Craig Williams helped get Namibia close, and they eventually secured a six wicket win with 11 balls to spare.
Namibia's semi-final is scheduled for 24th September, however that is the scheduled reserve day for the second of Namibia's upcoming World Cricket League Championship matches against the UAE, so a change in schedule for one of the two will be needed to avoid Namibia having to field a second string side in one of the two contests. Those same two sides will also play an Intercontinental Cup match starting on the 16th.
Kenya are the other associate playing in this tournament, and they will be in action in two weeks time. They are in a group with Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape.
Namibia beat South West Districts by 6 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 27 August
South West Districts 104-7 (20 overs, O Pienaar 39)
Namibia 105-4 (18.1 overs, C Williams 36)