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October 1, 2011
Scotland 230 for 5 (Stander 116*, Macleod 62) beat Namibia 190 for 7 (Snyman 90, Drummond 3-32, Sharif 3-29) by 40 runs
Jan Stander's unbeaten century helped Scotland to a 2-0 lead in their Twenty20 series against Namibia, the Scots securing a 40-run win in the second match at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek. Stander cracked nine fours and seven sixes in his 116, after which the Scottish attack kept the hosts to 190 for 7 despite Gerrie Snyman's 43-ball 90.
Both Stander and Snyman had played leading roles in the first match of the day, Snyman having hit an unbeaten 92 in his team's six-wicket loss. Unsuccessful setting a total in the first game, Namibia opted to field in the second but once again the bowlers struggled after the early dismissal of Richie Berrington for 13.
Stander shared in a 99-run partnership with Calum Macleod that took up only seven and a half overs to assert the dominance of bat over ball, and though Namibia managed to pick up wickets thereafter - the scoring rate never really dipped.
Namibia's reply got off to a stumbling start, Louis van der Westhuizen, Niel Rossouw and captain Craig Williams all departing inside the first four overs to leave the score at a shaky 33 for 3, Gordon Drummond doing much of the early damage. Namibia fought back through the efforts of Snyman and Sarel Burger, who put on 129 for the fourth wicket at better than 10 an over.
As the match headed towards a tight finish, 20-year-old Scotland seamer Safyaan Sharif tipped the balance with a remarkable three-wicket burst in the 17th over. He started by picking up the vital wicket of Snyman, trapped lbw, before rattling the stumps of Christi Viljoen and Zhivago Groenewald with consecutive deliveries. It was a blow from which Namibia found it impossible to recover.
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