Netherlands move to second place with 31-run win
Netherlands 268 for 9 (Barresi 60, Klazinga 3-48) beat Namibia 237 (Williams 116, Van der Gugten 3-37) by 31 runs
Netherlands moved to second place in the ICC World Cricket League with a 31-run win over Namibia in Windhoek on Tuesday.
Put in to bat first, Netherlands brushed aside a shaky start to score a solid 268 for 9, with Wesley Barresi's half-century guiding the innings. Barresi and Tom Cooper added 97 runs for the third wicket to lift Netherlands from 17 for 2 to 114 for 2 in the 22nd over. Tom de Grooth and Daan vun Bunge then took charge of the innings, adding 58 before van Bunge was dismissed for 28. De Grooth took Netherlands past the 200-run mark before a quickfire 47-run partnership between Mudassar Bukhari and Timm van der Gugten took the score to 268. Namibia fast bowler Louis Klazinga was the best bowler, picking three wickets for 48 runs.
Netherlands struck early to put Namibia's chase on the backfoot, leaving them at 20 for 3 in the eighth over. Craig Williams, however, lifted their hopes, stitching together a 96-run partnership with Stephan Baard. Namibia lost quick wickets in the middle but Williams carried on, adding another 58 runs with Nicolaas Scholtz and scoring his fifth hundred. Once he fell for 116, the lower order collapsed and Namibia were all out for 237 in the 49th over. Timm van der Gugten picked up three wickets for 37 runs and was supported by Bukhari (2-39) and Jamil (2-60).