Scotland v Namibia, Aberdeen, 3rd day May 13, 2006

Hoffmann routs sorry Namibia

Cricinfo staff

Scotland 360 (Watson 167, Smith 70, Snyman 5-96) beat Namibia 168 and 127 (Hoffmann 5-14) by an innings and 65 runs

Craig Wright is squared up but Scotland's batsmen built a lead of 192 before their bowlers skittled Namibia © Cricket Scotland
Scotland completed an innings-and-65 run rout of Namibia with more than a day of their Intercontinental Cup tie at Aberdeen to spare. Given that the match has been dogged by poor weather - today was another stop-start affair - Scotland actually took a little over two days to polish off a below-par opposition.

Scotland lost both their overnight batsmen in quick succession but Craig Wright and Dewald Nel, who had been expected to push for quick runs, ground down the Namibians with a patient seventh-wicket stand of 78. Gerrie Snyman brought the innings to a rapid conclusion with four wickets in as many overs.

Namibia faced a tough ask with a first-innings deficit of 192, and they were all at sea on a seamer's paradise, with Paul Hoffmann causing havoc by taking the first five wickets, three of them bowled, and breaking two stumps in the process. At 35 for 5 it was game over, and it took some big hitting from the tail to enable Namibia to reach three figures. Kola Burger enlivened things with three big sixes off one Ross Lyons over before he holed out to Ian Stanger attempting a fourth.

Namibia now travel to Ireland to play the holders, and again are likely to struggle with the alien conditions which prevail at this time of year. They have to win to stay in the competition.