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October 1, 2012
Kenya 304 (Mishra 108, Obuya 56, Viljoen 4-107) and 109 for 2 (Karim 59*) trail Namibia 630 for 7 dec (Snyman 201*, Williams 140, Burger 85) by 217 runs
A dominant double hundred by Namibia's middle-order batsman Gerrie Snyman helped them gain a big lead over Kenya on the third day in Windhoek. Two strong partnerships formed the platform for Namibia's huge first-innings total of 630 for 7 - the first between captain Sarel Burger and Craig Williams was worth 192, and the second between Snyman and Nicolaas Scholtz accounted for 172 runs. Kenya, largely through openers Irfan Karim and Alex Obanda, reduced the 326-run deficit to 217 by reaching 109 for 2 at stumps.
Resuming at 343 for 4, Namibia lost wicketkeeper Raymond van Schoor for 21, but then were boosted by Snyman's innings, as he built his unbeaten 201 not out with Scholtz, and later with Christi Viljoen and Louis Klazinga. Snyman took only 192 balls for his knock, hitting seven sixes, and added 45 runs in five overs with Klazinga for the eighth wicket before Namibia declared. Seamer Nelson Odhiambo finished with three wickets, after bowling 25 overs.
Kenya started their second innings slowly, as their openers tried to build a base for a strong reply. Obanda departed with Kenya on 48, after which Karim did the bulk of scoring, ending with a half-century. The No. 3 batsman Duncan Allan was bowled 11 overs before stumps, leaving Kenya with a lot to do to erase their deficit.
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