October 17, 2008

Namibia

Snyman and Burger lift Namibia

Will Luke

Tony Munro

Namibia will be looking for quick wickets to capitalise on a century from captain Louis Burger when play resumes today in their three-day South African Amateur competition match against Western Province in Windhoek.

Western Province were 82 for 2 replying to Namibia's 328 for 9 declared, at stumps of the first day. The home team recovered from an awkward 57 for 4 before Gerrie Snyman (84) and Burger (125) combined in a fifth-wicket partnership of 136.

Burger said Namibia would need to bowl well as the pitch conditions had become more favourable to the batsmen. "The new ball was doing quite a bit yesterday, but the pitch flattened out nicely."

The only change to the Namibia team which lost their Intercontinental Cup match against Ireland was the inclusion of legspinner Gerrit Randolph for allrounder Bjorn Kotze who is unavailable due to work commitments.

Kotze will play in the one-day match which follows the three-day game.

Namibia play Ireland again in the final of the Intercontinental Cup in Port Elizabeth starting on October 31.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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