Bermuda v Namibia, Intercontinental Cup, Hamilton, 1st day September 3, 2008

Sarel Burger guides Namibia towards competitive total

Cricinfo staff

Namibia 280 for 9 (Burger 71*, Snyman 58, Klazinga 8*, Borden 2-44) v Bermuda

A lower-order collapse blunted the effect of Sarel Burger and Gerrie Snyman's 68-run stand on day one of Namibia's Intercontinental match against Bermuda in Hamilton. Offspinners Rodney Trott and Delyone Borden took four of the six lower-order wickets to fall for 121 runs.

However with top scorer Sarel still at the crease, Namibia can at least try and push past 300 on day two. A win here will take Namibia to the final.

The Namibia openers gave their side a solid start with a 60-run stand before Jan-Berrie Burger was trapped leg-before by Stefan Kelly. Two more wickets fell with only 15 added to the total, but Sarel and Gerrie Snyman steadied the ship. Their individual innings were a mark of contrast - Snyman racing to 58 off 66 balls in an innings that included six sixes, while Sarel plodded along at a strike-rate of 31.55 for his 225-ball 71. Namibia took 97 overs for their 280, scoring at 2.88 an over.

Snyman's fall - caught off Delyone Borden - triggered the collapse and at stumps, Sarel was batting with the No. 11 batsman Louis Klazinga. Kelly, Borden, Dwayne Leverock and Rodney Trott picked up two wickets each.