Namibia v Hong Kong, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Windhoek May 13, 2015

Namibia run away with 114-run victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Namibia 272 (Nicolaas Scholtz 85*, Burger 52, Amjad 5-49) and 232 for 5 declared (Pitchers 105*, van Schoor 42) beat Hong Kong 203 (Nizakat 58, Afzal 52, Smit 4-57) and 187 (Skhawat 43, Amjad 41, Bernard Scholtz 3-53) by 114 runs
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Sarel Burger ended with match figures of 5 for 66 © Arne Putensen/Proactive

Xander Pitchers' unbeaten 105 in Namibia's second innings and a disciplined bowling performance on the final day helped them to a 114-run win over over Hong Kong in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Windhoek.

Namibia's first innings didn't get off to an ideal start after they elected to bat; they were 16 for 2 in the seventh over. Gerhard Erasmus and Raymond van Schoor, however, put on a 101-run stand to steady their innings, but right-arm seamer Haseeb Amjad and Nadeem Ahmed took quick wickets through the middle to push the home team on the back foot.

Sarel Burger and Nicolaas Scholtz added 122 for the sixth wicket to guide them to 250, but the lower order collapsed and Namibia were bowled out for 272. Scholtz remained unbeaten on 85 and Amjad picked up 5 for 49.

The start to Hong Kong's response was poor. They were 0 for 2 as as Burger and JJ Smit dismissed Irfan Ahmed and Roy Lamsam inside four overs. Smit and Christopher Coombe added to Hong Kong's woes by reducing them to 25 for 4 in 19.2 overs.

Hong Kongs hobbled their way to 135 for 8 before a 46-run ninth-wicket stand a 22-run 10th-wicket partnership pushed them to 203. Nizakat Khan (58) and Tanwir Afzal (52) were the main contributors.

Namibia declared their second innings on 232 for 5, after gaining a lead of 301 runs, riding mainly on Pitchers' third first-class century and van Schoor's 42.

Hong Kong started off with a 51-run opening stand which ended with the fall of Lamsam's wicket. The rest of the innings fell apart. The Scholtz brothers, Bernard and Nicolaas, took five wickets between them, to add to Burger's 2 for 38 to bundle out Hong Kong for 187 in 75.2 overs.

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