Namibia v Netherlands, ICC WCL Championship, Windhoek April 18, 2013

Netherlands' last pair sneaks one wicket win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Netherlands 240 for 9 (van Bunge 60, Barresi 58) beat Namibia 236 for 5 (van Schoor 93*) by 1 wicket
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Netherlands' last men hung on to secure a one-wicket victory over Namibia in Windhoek. Chasing 237, Netherlands were 22 for 1 before Wesley Barresi and Stephan Myburgh put on an 83-run stand for the second wicket. Daan van Bunge's 60 helped further the cause once Barresi was dismissed for 58. Craig Williams picked up three crucial wickets for Namibia, those of Myburgh, Barresi and Tom Cooper, to halt the scoring midway through the innings. Netherlands slipped to 178 for 7 as the seemingly par target looked more difficult that it should have been. Mudassar Bukhari added 14, and Timm van der Gugten scored an unbeaten 11, as Netherlands' last pair crossed the line with two overs to go.

Namibia had been asked to bat and started with a century stand between openers Xander Pitchers and Raymond van Schoor. The pair put on 104 before Pitchers was run out by Myburgh. The next few batsmen did not contribute much to the cause, as they fell for single scores, but van Schoor continued to bat on. At 151 for 5 Netherlands smelled a chance of routing Namibia for a paltry score. It wasn't until Nicolaas Scholtz came in that the pair could put together a healthy partnership of 85 runs. Scholtz scored an aggressive unbeaten 51 off 45 balls, while van Schoor made an unbeaten dogged 93. Namibia finished on 236 for 5 at the end of their 50 overs, Peter Borren was the pick of the Netherlands bowlers with 2 for 34.

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