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September 6, 2008
Namibia 320 (SF Burger 86, Snyman 58) and 153 for 9 dec (Snyman 57, Kelly 4-53) beat Bermuda 175 (Deon Kotze 4-31) and 195 (Outerbridge 78, AJ Burger 6-56, Kotze 3-31) by 103 runs
Namibia have all but ensured a spot in the final of the Intercontinental Cup by completing a 103-run win against Bermuda at the National Stadium in Hamilton. Legspinner Jan-Berrie Burger took 6 for 56, while offspinner Deon Kotze grabbed the other three wickets to fall on the final day as Namibia, in pursuit of 299, folded for 195 .
Jekon Edness and Stefan Kelly began steadily for Bermuda as they set out in hunt for their second win in the tournament. They had added 39 for the second wicket when Kelly was stumped by Tobias Verwey off Burger for 18. The dismissal triggered a collapse and Bermuda lost four more wickets for 11 runs, Burger and Kotze taking two each.
The hosts, though, weren't going down without a fight, and Steven Outerbridge tried to revive hopes with his 78. He put on 98 with Delyone Borden, who played 99 balls for his 15. Bermuda's chances, though, sank when Burger bowled Outerbridge. Rodney Trott and Dwayne Leverock stuck around, but Bermuda could manage only 195, 104 short of what they set out to achieve.
The win gave Namibia 20 points and pushed them to the top of the table with 102 points. They have a game in hand, so do second-placed Kenya, who have 96. There's a mathematical possibility that Kenya and Ireland, on 72 points from five games, could move ahead of Namibia in the race to make it to the final in November.
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