The Namibia Desert Vipers have finished third in Zimbabwe's Stanbic Bank Twenty20 Cup after a relatively simple victory over the Matabeleland Tuskers at the Harare Sports Club yesterday.
Namibian captain Craig Williams won the toss and chose to bat first. Raymond van Schoor led the way with 46, with Dwaine Pretorius also chipping in with 36 from 22 balls as Namibia scored 126-7from their 20 overs.
When the Tuskers batted, they collapsed to 47-8 in no time at all. Tawanda Mupariwa hit 31 from 16 balls to give the total a bit more respectability, and the Tuskers made 91 before they were bowled out nine balls short of their full quota.
The Namibian bowlers shared the wickets evenly, with each of the five bowlers used taking two wickets. Tony Palladino, the Essex player playing as an overseas player for Namibia, finished as the tournament's top wicket-taker with twelve wickets at an average of 9.66.
In the final played later in the day, the Mountaineers beat the Mashonaland Eagles by nine wickets. Namibia will now restart their campaign in the South African second tier competitions with a visit to Cape Town to play Western Province. The three-day game starts on Thursday.
Matabeleland Tuskers lost to Desert Vipers (Namibia) by 35 runs
Harare Sports Club, 20 February
Desert Vipers (Namibia) 126-7 (20 overs, R van Schoor 46, D Pretorius 36*)
Matabeleland Tuskers 91 (18.3 overs)