October 20, 2008


Namibia crash to seven-wicket loss

Tony Munro

By Tony Munro

Western Province 146 for 3 (Ramoo 46*, Klazinga 2-28) beat Namibia145 (S Burger 63, Schalkwyk 5-30) by seven wickets

Namibia lost their opening game of the South African Amateur Provincial One-Day Challenge match against Western Province by seven wickets in Windhoek, a day after beating the same opposition by 301 runs in their four-day match.

Namibia were brought crashing down to earth as Western Province eased home to their target of 146 with 13 overs to spare. The home team's innings never really got going once Gurshwin Rabie removed the openers with only eight on the board; Jan-Berrie Burger was dismissed for a duck off the third ball and Louis van der Westhuizen was caught behind for 1.

While Sarel Burger held firm, scoring 63 from 73 balls, including nine fours, all around him floundered. Gerrie Snyman and Tobias Verwey were the innings’ joint second-highest scorers with 18.

Verwey gave the innings a late flourish with four fours in his 15 ball-innings to remain unbeaten when Namibia were bowled with 16 overs unused. Shadley van Schalkwyk did the damage for Western Province taking 5 for 30 from eight overs.

Despite a brief hiccup when Louis Klazinga nabbed two wickets in four overs, Western Province got home comfortably, with South Africa Under-19 batsman Romano Ramoo smashing 46 from 51 balls.


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