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Namibia v Scotland, Intercontinental Cup, Windhoek, 2nd day

Scotland hold the edge in tight game

Cricinfo staff

April 5, 2008

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Namibia 115 and 45 for 3 (Blain 3-17) need 193 more runs to beat Scotland 140 and 211 (Sheikh 63, Watts 54, K Burger 6-62)
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Scotland have a scent of victory against Namibia in Windhoek despite a career-best six-wicket haul from Kola Burger. Half centuries from Fraser Watts and Qasim Sheikh enabled Scotland to reach a lead of 236, then John Blain struck three blows late in the day to leave the home side struggling.

After an opening day when 20 wickets fell it looked as though a similar pattern would unfold again as Douglas Lockhart fell in the first over. Watts and Sheikh then produced the first period of the match where the bat dominated, adding 111 in 41 overs.

But the fall of Watts, lbw to Burger for 54, began another collapse as nine wickets went for 100 with Burger claiming the key duo of Ryan Watson and Gavin Hamilton in consecutive balls. Craig Wright, at No. 9, was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

There was something in the pitch throughout, so chasing 237 was never going to be an easy task and Namibia made an unsteady start. Blain immediately set to work adding to his first-innings haul of 5 for 48 dispatching both openers and Gerrie Snyman with just 16 on the board. Sarel and Louis Burger managed to negotiate the final passage of play to leave a tense third day in prospect.

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