Snyman double leads to innings win for Namibia
Namibian all-rounder Gerrie Snyman has become the third player, after Ryan ten Doeschate and Steve Tikolo, to score two double centuries in the Intercontinental Cup after leading his team to an innings win over Kenya in Windhoek.
The match had originally been scheduled for Nairobi in June, was then postponed and moved to Mombassa due to violence in Nairobi. Further trouble in Mombassa caused the match to be switched again, this time to Windhoek, a decision that did not go down well with the Kenyans, who had lost their home advantage.
Kenya batted first after winning the toss, and their innings owed much to a 99 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Collins Obuya and Tanmay Mishra. Obuya was trapped lbw by Christi Viljoen for 56 to break the partnership, but Mishra, who played in the IPL for the Deccan Chargers earlier this year, stayed in to score 108 before he was eventually dismissed.
The first days play ended soon after Mishra's dismissal, with the visitors on 297-7. They didn't last much longer on the second morning and were bowled out for 304, Christi Viljoen the pick of the bowlers with 4-107.
It was then Namibia's turn to bat, and they began to pile on the runs. By the end of the second day they had scored 343-4, Craig Williams having scored 140. Gerrie Snyman was unbeaten on 53 at that point, but he was just getting started.
On the third day, Snyman went on to reach an unbeaten 201 from 192 balls, with Namibia declaring on 630-7 soon after he reached his double, meaning that Kenya had to score 326 just to make the home side bat again.
At the close of play on the third day, Kenya were on 109-2, with Irfan Karim unbeaten on 59, already his highest first-class score. Karim couldn't add to his overnight score on day four though, and Kenya were eventually dismissed for 325, losing by an innings and 1 run.
The two teams will now meet in two World Cricket League Championship matches, with Namibia hoping to pick up the points they need to lift themselves from the foot of that table.