Namibia are about to head to Dubai to play the Intercontinental Shield final against the UAE, and they will feel in confident mood after a good few days against Boland in the South African Provincial competitions.
In the three-day game that started on Thursday, Namibia didn't start too well, being bowled out for 146 in their first innings. Gerrie Snyman was the sole batsmen to get s decent start, scoring 40. Daniel Childs and Karl Nieuwoudt both took four wickets in the innings, with Nieuwoudt's figures of 4-36 being his first-class best.
In reply, a five wicket burst from Louis Klazinga had Boland on the back foot on 111-6. Lee-Roy Walters and Karl Nieuwoudt then put on a century partnership for the seventh wicket to help gain the first innings lead, Nieuwoudt being dismissed for 50. Walters stayed in to reach 65, and his dismissal was the first of three wickets to fall on Boland's final score of 256.
In Namibia's second innings, they looked to be heading towards an easy defeat when Gerrie Snyman was out for a duck with the score on 86-4. But captain Craig Williams and Nicolaas Scholtz had other ideas, and they put on 181 for the fifth wicket, taking the score to 267-5 when Williams was out for 144.
Scholtz stayed in, and he was aided by Christi Viljoen, who hit 67 from just 69 balls as the pair put on 125 for the eighth wicket. Namibia declared once Scholtz had reached his 150, with the score on 477-9, setting a target of 368 for Boland. With time running out, Boland had to simply try and bat out their overs to secure a draw. They did this, scoring 211-6.
Boland drew with Namibia
Boland Bank Park, Paarl, 25-27 November
Namibia 146 (44.2 overs, G Snyman 40, D Childs 4-35, K Nieuwoudt 4-36) & 477-9d (122 overs, N Scholtz 150*, C Williams 144, C Viljoen 67, C Raubenheimer 3-81, D Childs 3-100)
Boland 256 (77.4 overs, L Walters 65, U Birkenstock 51, K Nieuwoudt 50, L Klanzinga 5-30) & 214-6 (66 overs, W Groeneveld 55, O Ramela 52*, U Birkenstock 47)
In Sunday's one-day game, Namibia bowled Boland out for 184, Christi Viljoen taking 5-27. they started their reply badly, losing two wickets with just two runs on the board, but Craig Williams led their recovery with an unbeaten 85 to secure a six wicket win.
Boland lost to Namibia by 6 wickets
Boland Bank Parl, Paarl, 28 November
Boland 184 (39.5 overs, L van Wyk 46, L Walters 41, C Viljoen 5-27)
Namibia 186-4 (37 overs, C Williams 85*, G Snyman 44, N Scholtz 36*)