Namibia v Canada, Intercontinental Cup, Windhoek, 2nd day October 26, 2007

Kotze century puts Namibia in charge

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Canada 233 for 4 (Iqbal 119*) trail Namibia 480 for 9 dec (B Kotze 163*) by 247 runs

Bjorn Kotze: a captain's innings © Wiets Coetzee
Namibia's captain, Bjorn Kotze, converted his overnight 87 into a magnificent unbeaten 163, as his team compiled an imposing total of 480 for 9 declared on the second day against Canada at Windhoek. By the close, however, Canada were fighting hard on 233 for 4, through the efforts of their opener, Mohammad Iqbal, who was unbeaten on 119.

But the main man of the day was Kotze, who brought up his maiden first-class century during the morning session, and went on to bat for 345 balls and more than six-and-a-half hours to ensure his platform did not go to waste. He received strong support from the tail - most notably the No. 9, Kola Burger, who made 47, and the last man Louis Klazinga (19), as the last four wickets added a healthy 166 to Namibia's overnight total of 314 for 6.

Canada's bowlers stuck to their task. They were without the services of the medium pacer, Durand Soraine, who had taken three wickets on the first day, but their spinner and captain, Sunil Dhaniram, kept chipping away and finished with 3 for 58 from 28 overs. He was unable to separate Namibia's last pair, however, and Kotze eventually declared after a tenth-wicket stand of 58.

After a lengthy stint in the field, Canada's openers were vulnerable to an early strike and sure enough, Abdul Jabbar was bowled by Klazinga for 2 as Namibia looked to make early inroads. Klazinga was again on target to remove Trevin Bastiampillai for 13, and when Ian van Zyl accounted for Qaiser Ali (19), Canada were shakily placed at 83 for 3. But Iqbal ensured that they would fight on into the third day.