If Canada were rather underwhelming in the four-day Intercontinental Cup match between these two sides, it was Namibia's turn in the first one-day match as a top order batting collapse meant that they were unable to set a total big enough to overcome Canada. A fine innings from Raymond van Schoor got them back into the game after that collapse, but it proved to not be enough.
Canadian captain Rizwan Cheema won the toss and elected to bowl first. It quickly became apparant that this was the right decision when Henry Osinde dismissed Ewald Steenkamp from the very first ball of the match. Durand Soraine then took wickets with the first two balls of the sixth over, and when Osinde picked up his second three overs later, Namibia were in total disarray on 14-6.
Raymond van Schoor then set about rebuilding the innings, first sharing in a 55 run partnership for the fifth wicket with Gerrie Snyman and then in a 31 run partnership for the sixth wicket with Louis van der Westhuizen.
Another wicket soon after van der Westhuizen departed brought Christi Viljoen to the crease, and he scored 33 in a 70 run partnership for the eighth wicket that finally brought just a little respectability to the Namibian score.
Van Schoor stayed in, eventually scoring 90 before Jimmy Hansra trapped him lbw to end the innings. Namibia had been bowled out for 183, with Durand Soraine the pick of the bowlers with 3-25.
In reply, Canada lost wickets regularly to start with, before Hansra and Usman Limbada put on 51 for the fifth wicket before Limbada was out for 26. With the score on 106-5 and 22 overs left though, the game was very much still in the balance, more so when Rizwan Cheema was run out for jut three two overs later with only sx more added to the total.
Hansra stayed in though, holding the innings together and he was eventually put for 49 with the score on 149-8 in the 42nd over. It was still a tricky proposition, but Rustam Bhatti and Durand Soraine were able to keep it together, putting on an unbroken 35 to secure the two wicket win.
This win is Canada's first of the WCL Championship, and they will look to make it two when these sides meet again on Thursday.
Namibia lost to Canada by 2 wickets
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek, 10 April
Namibia 183 (47.1 overs, R van Schoor 90, D Soraine 3-25)
Canada 184-8 (48.5 overs, J Hansra 49)