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By Tony Munro
Namibia 328 for 9 (Snyman 84, LJ Burger 125) and 287 for 8 (AJ Burger 79, T.Verwey 72) beat Western Province 168 (KB Burger 5-69, SF Burger 4-22) and 146 (KB Burger 5-47) by 301 runs
Namibia, boosted by a ten-wicket haul from medium-pacer Kola Burger, have opened their 2008-09 South African Amateur three-day campaign with an emphatic 301-run win over Western Province in Windhoek.
Burger nabbed 5 for 47 in the second innings to complete a haul of 10 for116 in the match as Western Province succumbed for 146 while chasing the target of 447.
After establishing a 160-run lead in the first innings, Namibia scored at 5.12 runs per over on the second day and declared at 287 for 8.
Deon Kotze was bowled off the second ball of Namibia’s second innings before the Burgers, Jan-Barrie and Sarel, added 106 for the second wicket.
Looking to set a target quickly, wicketkeeper Tobias Verwey and captain Louis Burger, put on 69 runs in 10.4 overs for the seventh wicket. Verwey smashed 72 from 58 balls including three sixes and seven fours.
Kola Burger took four top-order Western Province wickets and Martin Walters' 75 was the only innings of substance in his team's 146.
Namibia are due to start their South African Amateur limited-overs season against the same opposition on Sunday. Their next opponents are North West, who they will meet in Potchefstroom for a three-day game on October 23 followed by a one-day game on October 26.
Namibia will then play Ireland in the final of the Intercontinental Cup in Port Elizabeth from October 30 to November 3.
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