Scotland prevail in high-scoring encounter
Scotland 188 for 4 (Watts 52*, Stander 47) beat Namibia 187 for 3 (Snyman 92*, van der Westhuizen 52) by four wickets
Scotland sprinted to a six-wicket win over Namibia in the first Twenty20 at Windhoek, prevailing in a high-scoring encounter with almost an over to spare. Gerrie Snyman's unbeaten 92 had helped set up Namibia's total of 187 for 3, but Fraser Watt's rapid half-century guided Scotland past their target with only four wickets lost.
Namibia had weathered the early wickets of captain Craig Williams and Sarel Burger after opting to bat first, Louis van der Westhuizen's 52 ensuring that a healthy scoring rate was kept up. After he was dismissed, Snyman came to the fore, slamming seven fours and six sixes in the midst of an unbroken 102-run stand for the fourth wicket.
The ease with which they scored suggested that Scotland had every chance of chasing down the total, however, but their pursuit wobbled after a blistering start, captain Gordon Drummond's dismissal reducing the score to 48 for 3. Jan Stander started the fightback with a no-holds-barred 47 from just 25 deliveries, and after he fell with the score at 108 Preston Mommsen found a willing partner in Watts.
Watts was the main aggressor, taking the attack to the bowlers as Mommsen ensured the strike was turned over with a run-a-ball 36. The pair added 80 at 10-an-over as the Namibian attack floundered, Watts bringing up his fifty shortly before victory was achieved.