Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Williams' second ton earns Namibia title

Namibia 320 and 187 for 4 (Williams 113*, Javed 3-54) beat UAE 79 and 427 (Ali 160*, Patel 94, S Burger 5-80) by six wickets

Namibia captain Craig Williams hit his second century of the match to help his team claim the Intercontinental Shield with a six-wicket victory against UAE. Williams ended unbeaten on 113 as Namibia knocked off the 187 needed despite a few early alarms and a determined hundred from Saqib Ali who ended undefeated on 160.

Ali began the day on 139 and the last two wickets added a further 24 runs before Louis Klazinga ended the innings to finish with 3 for 98. It left Namibia plenty of time to hunt down the runs, but they didn't make an easy start as Amjad Javed gave them some scares with the new ball.

He bowled both Raymond van Schoor and Sarel Burger to leave Namibia 27 for 2. However, a brisk stand of 52 between Williams and Ewald Steenkamp (35) settled their nerves before Javed struck again to have Steenkamp lbw. That, though, was the last time UAE were in the contest as Williams took charge with a commanding display as he scored at more than a run-a-ball and collected 15 fours alongside two sixes.

It was an easy decision to award him the Man of the Match after Williams struck 116 in the first innings and contributed 2 for 88 in 41 overs. "It has gone off really well. I am a bit emotional; I don't know what to say really," he said. "I am just happy for the team. We have worked really hard, it's just a bonus that I happened to pull it off for the side in this game. It feels nice to score for a team like this."

Despite UAE's fightback on the third day, Williams was always confident in securing victory. "I don't think we were worried because we had a game plan," he said. "I thought they needed to get a lot more runs to get ahead of us. The pitch was playing really well.

"If we had to chase 300-350 then it would have been very difficult with their spin attack. But we just backed our game plan. You saw this morning we had ten guys on the boundary because we knew the game was in our hands. They had to come out and score runs. It's nice that it all went our way."

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Namibia 4th innings Partnerships

1st19E SteenkampR van Schoor
2nd8SF BurgerE Steenkamp
3rd52E SteenkampCG Williams
4th77LJ BurgerCG Williams
5th31G SnymanCG Williams