After surprising many by going unbeaten in the first round of the Africa T20 Cup, Namibia's run in the tournament came to an end today at the hands of Free State in the semi-final at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley.
Free State captain Patrick Botha won the toss and chose to field first. They struck almost immediately with Stephan Baard out fourth ball for four. A 67 run partnership between Lohan Louwrens and Jean Bredenkamp got things back the way of the Namibians though, the partnership ending when Louwrens was out for 39.
Craig Williams also scored 39 in a 64 run partnership for the third wicket with Bredenkamp, who eventually finished the innings unbeaten on 71 from 53 balls as Namibia scored 165-3 from their 20 overs.
The Namibians would have been confident of defending that total, but their bowlers had no answer to an onslaught from Andries Gous, who smashed 101 from just 48 balls, bringing up his century with his ninth six. Karabo Mogotsi also chipped in with 60 from 57 balls as Free State secured their place in the final with a 10 wicket win.
Free State beat Namibia by 10 wickets
Diamond Oval, Kimberley, 24 September
Namibia 165-3 (20 overs, J Bredenkamp 71*, L Louwrens 39, C Williams 39)
Free State 166-0 (17.3 overs, A Gous 101*, K Mogotsi 60*)