ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier - Preliminary final

Ireland v Namibia

Ireland won by 9 wickets (with 59 balls remaining)

Trent Johnston to start off

Namibia prevailed in the group game against Ireland by four runs. It was the only match Ireland lost in the tournament. Namibia have also lost only one match, their preliminary final against Afghanistan

Namibia have won the toss and will have a bat

The winner of this match will join Afghanistan as the two qualifiers for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka in September

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0.1

Johnston to van der Westhuizen, no run

0.2

Johnston to van der Westhuizen, no run, beats the left-hander with a good length ball just around the off stump

0.3

Johnston to van der Westhuizen, FOUR, takes him on this time, gets underneath a length ball on middle and hammers it high over mid on

0.4

Johnston to van der Westhuizen, no run, fuller length this time, but on the pads, he fails to put it away, batsmen want the single, Johnston turns around and has a go at the non-striker's end, misses, would have had a better chance at the striker's

0.5

Johnston to van der Westhuizen, 1 run, loopy fullish slower one around middle and leg, dropped softly on the leg side for one

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0.6

Johnston to van Schoor, 1 wide, moving away from back of a length, but starting too far outside off

0.6

Johnston to van Schoor, no run, he stood almost outside off before the ball had been bowled, got the angle into him as well as Johnston sent it in fullish, but could not heave it past midwicket, mistimes it totally

End of over 1 (6 runs) Namibia 6/0
R van Schoor    0* (1b)      DT Johnston    1-0-6-0
LP van der Westhuizen    5* (5b 1x4)     

Rankin from the other end

1.1

Rankin to van der Westhuizen, 1 run, pushes forward, drops one going across him towards extra cover

1.2

Rankin to van Schoor, no run, shuffles across the stumps once again, Rankin keeps it up around off, pushed to mid off

1.3

Rankin to van Schoor, no run, lets this straightish back of a length ball outside off go

1.4

Rankin to van Schoor, 1 run, tucked away off the pad with the angle behind square leg

1.5

Rankin to van der Westhuizen, no run, worked into the leg side

1.6

Rankin to van der Westhuizen, 1 run, that was absolutely smashed off the front foot but it was not wide enough of extra cover

End of over 2 (3 runs) Namibia 9/0
LP van der Westhuizen    7* (8b 1x4)      WB Rankin    1-0-3-0
R van Schoor    1* (4b)      DT Johnston    1-0-6-0

Johnston from around the stumps

2.1

Johnston to van der Westhuizen, 1 bye, has a go at this pitched up ball angled in and misses

over the stumps to the right-hander

2.2

Johnston to van Schoor, OUT, that has got to be close, that looks straight enough, front foot planted across around middle stump, fails to get the bat in front of pad in time, misses the good length ball, which crashes into the pad, given right away, Johnston roars

R van Schoor lbw b Johnston 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

2.3

Johnston to Snyman, no run, some more zip off the pitch for Johnston as he hits him high on the pad with a back of a length ball

2.4

Johnston to Snyman, no run, plays out a pitched up ball towards mid on

2.5

Johnston to Snyman, no run, good delivery, angled in and beats him as he pushes at it outside off stump

2.6

Johnston to Snyman, no run, that would have been close if he had missed, but gets bat down in time to squeeze it out towards point

End of over 3 (1 run, wicket maiden) Namibia 10/1
G Snyman    0* (4b)      DT Johnston    2-1-6-1
LP van der Westhuizen    7* (9b 1x4)      WB Rankin    1-0-3-0

3.1

Rankin to van der Westhuizen, 1 run, length ball clipped off the pads to deep square leg

3.2

Rankin to Snyman, no run, that was sharp, that came in and bounced from a good length, he was in no position to counter it and somehow kept it out

3.3

Rankin to Snyman, no run, and now this one does not come in that much, carries in with the angle from back of a length, he pushes away from the body inside the line

3.4

Rankin to Snyman, no run, and again, still more incoming angle on it, opens him up and bounces over the stumps, as he stabs at it awkwardly and is beaten

3.5

Rankin to Snyman, no run, manages to defend down the pitch this time

3.6

Rankin to Snyman, 1 run, tries to pull this shortish one, but is so late on it that he ends up mishitting it to mid off

End of over 4 (2 runs) Namibia 12/1
G Snyman    1* (9b)      WB Rankin    2-0-5-0
LP van der Westhuizen    8* (10b 1x4)      DT Johnston    2-1-6-1

4.1

Johnston to Snyman, 1 run, that was headed for middle and leg from a fullish length, but he got bat around pad to clip it neatly through midwicket

around the stumps to the left-hander

4.2

Johnston to van der Westhuizen, SIX, widish pitched up delivery, he just gets front foot across and clobbers it high over extra cover with a clean swing of the bat

4.3

Johnston to van der Westhuizen, OUT, they have got the big wicket, well-directed short ball from wide of the crease and into the body, he is not in a great position to pull, and ends up looping it up tamely to midwicket

LP van der Westhuizen c White b Johnston 14 (12b 1x4 1x6) SR: 116.66

4.4

Johnston to Snyman, no run, defends a length ball carefully

4.5

Johnston to Snyman, 1 run, widish outside off, steered down to third man

4.6

Johnston to Williams, no run, away shape from the right-hander, full delivery angled in and then swerving away, he leaves it alone, superb spell this from Johnston

End of over 5 (8 runs) Namibia 20/2
CG Williams    0* (1b)      DT Johnston    3-1-14-2
G Snyman    3* (12b)      WB Rankin    2-0-5-0

5.1

Sorensen to Snyman, no run, pushes a length ball back to the bowler

5.2

Sorensen to Snyman, no run, wanted the single with a push towards backward point off a rising ball but was rightly sent back

5.3

Sorensen to Snyman, no run, loose, stands in the crease and tries to thrash it through extra cover, misses, the ball moves away sharply after passing the batsman

5.4

Sorensen to Snyman, no run, coming in with the angle from short of a length, he cannot do anything but stab it back down the pitch

5.5

Sorensen to Snyman, no run, nothing shot, tries to lean back and force a back of a length ball over mid off, on the bounce to the fielder

5.6

Sorensen to Snyman, no run, appeal for caught behind, Ireland keeping up the pressure, comes in a mile this one, super take from Wilson diving to his left, did not seem to be any bat on it though

End of over 6 (maiden) Namibia 20/2
G Snyman    3* (18b)      MC Sorensen    1-1-0-0
CG Williams    0* (1b)      DT Johnston    3-1-14-2

6.1

Johnston to Williams, 1 run, good delivery once again, coming in and hitting him on the pad, he remained in the crease to the length ball, looked to be going down leg

6.2

Johnston to Snyman, 1 run, shortish ball angled in, pulled away neatly to deep midwicket

6.3

Johnston to Williams, no run, pitched up, excellent line, just outside off, he leans forward and blocks

6.4

Johnston to Williams, 1 run, shuffles across to a short of a length ball and works it through midwicket

6.5

Johnston to Snyman, 1 run, whips a fullish one wristily down to long on

6.6

Johnston to Williams, 1 run, slaps one outside off to sweeper cover, end of an outstanding spell from Johnston

End of over 7 (5 runs) Namibia 25/2
CG Williams    3* (5b)      DT Johnston    4-1-19-2
G Snyman    5* (20b)      MC Sorensen    1-1-0-0

7.1

Sorensen to Williams, OUT, Porterfield takes a brilliant catch, Williams looking to break free, but ended up swinging wildly at a wide and full delivery outside off, he was looking to go much straighter down the ground, but only sliced it high on the off side, Porterfield kept his eyes on it, ran across at extra cover and held on to the steepler even as he tumbled down

CG Williams c Porterfield b Sorensen 3 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

7.2

Sorensen to Snyman, no run

7.3

Sorensen to Snyman, 1 run, back of a length ball worked through square leg

7.4

Sorensen to Burger, 1 run

7.5

Sorensen to Snyman, no run, another mistimed forcing shot, they are looking to hit out, but not middling anything, mistimed pull falls short of mid on now

7.6

Sorensen to Snyman, no run, now he is beaten as he looks to cut a bouncing one outside off

End of over 8 (2 runs) Namibia 27/3
G Snyman    6* (24b)      MC Sorensen    2-1-2-1
SF Burger    1* (1b)      DT Johnston    4-1-19-2

Kevin O'Brien comes on

8.1

O'Brien to Burger, 1 run, worked in front of square leg off the pad

8.2

O'Brien to Snyman, no run, hit on the pad with a pitched up ball coming in, going down leg

8.3

O'Brien to Snyman, no run, defended tightly back to the bowler

8.4

O'Brien to Snyman, FOUR, at last, they manage to get one away for four, he winds up to a straightish length ball and clobbers it just over mid off

8.5

O'Brien to Snyman, no run, bounces on him a tad as he comes forward, keeps it down awkwardly

8.6

O'Brien to Snyman, 1 run, too wide, he misses out as he slashes it with a huge followthrough on a couple of bounces to third man

End of over 9 (6 runs) Namibia 33/3
G Snyman    11* (29b 1x4)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-6-0
SF Burger    2* (2b)      MC Sorensen    2-1-2-1

9.1

Stirling to Snyman, no run, worked with the spin to midwicket

9.2

Stirling to Snyman, no run, comes down the track but can only push back to the bowler

9.3

Stirling to Snyman, no run, loud appeal for lbw, he misses the big sweep, that struck him in front of off, not given

9.4

Stirling to Snyman, no run, defended back to Stirling

9.5

Stirling to Snyman, 1 run, pushed away to midwicket for a single

9.6

Stirling to Burger, 1 run, dabbed away to short third man

End of over 10 (2 runs) Namibia 35/3
SF Burger    3* (3b)      PR Stirling    1-0-2-0
G Snyman    12* (34b 1x4)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-6-0

10.1

O'Brien to Burger, no run, misses the work off the pads, ball rolls away close to the pitch on the leg side

10.2

O'Brien to Burger, 1 wide, slants it away far too wide outside off

10.2

O'Brien to Burger, no run, goes for the yorker, not quite full enough, squeezed away to a diving square leg

10.3

O'Brien to Burger, 1 run, punched down to long on for one

10.4

O'Brien to Snyman, 1 run, length ball swung down to long off

10.5

O'Brien to Burger, 1 wide, loopy, full and too wide outside off

10.5

O'Brien to Burger, no run, drives a full ball on middle and leg, straight to midwicket

10.6

O'Brien to Burger, no run

End of over 11 (4 runs) Namibia 39/3
SF Burger    4* (8b)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-10-0
G Snyman    13* (35b 1x4)      PR Stirling    1-0-2-0

11.1

Stirling to Snyman, 2 runs, worked on the leg side

11.2

Stirling to Snyman, 1 run, tries to have a go at a tossed up ball, gets it along the ground to long on

11.3

Stirling to Burger, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards point for one

11.4

Stirling to Snyman, 1 run, slapped away down to long off

11.5

Stirling to Burger, no run, pushed straight to extra cover

11.6

Stirling to Burger, 1 run, worked wide of a diving midwicket

End of over 12 (6 runs) Namibia 45/3
SF Burger    6* (11b)      PR Stirling    2-0-8-0
G Snyman    17* (38b 1x4)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-10-0

12.1

Rankin to Burger, FOUR, that is very well played, stands tall to a pitched up ball and eases it past Rankin with a straight followthrough

12.2

Rankin to Burger, 1 run, uses the angle on the back of a length ball to tuck it to fine leg

12.3

Rankin to Snyman, OUT, and yet another batsman goes to a mistimed aggressive stroke, tries to a pull a short ball that hurries on to him, Dockrell takes the top-edge running across from mid off

G Snyman c Dockrell b Rankin 17 (39b 1x4 0x6) SR: 43.58

12.4

Rankin to Burger, no run, drops a rising back of a length ball on to the leg side

12.5

Rankin to Burger, no run, stays in the crease and works to square leg

12.6

Rankin to Burger, 1 run, pushes a shortish one towards point

End of over 13 (6 runs) Namibia 51/4
SF Burger    12* (16b 1x4)      WB Rankin    3-0-11-1
NRP Scholtz    0* (0b)      PR Stirling    2-0-8-0

13.1

O'Brien to Burger, 1 run, pushes a pitched up ball to long on for a single

13.2

O'Brien to Scholtz, no run

13.3

O'Brien to Scholtz, 1 run, driven down to long on

13.4

O'Brien to Burger, FOUR, gets this one away, flat-bats a length ball just over mid off and beats him to the boundary

13.5

O'Brien to Burger, no run, beaten by the pitched up ball outside off as he pushes inside the line

13.6

O'Brien to Burger, 1 run, pushes a slowish one down to long on

End of over 14 (7 runs) Namibia 58/4
SF Burger    18* (20b 2x4)      KJ O'Brien    3-0-17-0
NRP Scholtz    1* (2b)      WB Rankin    3-0-11-1

14.1

Stirling to Burger, no run, bowler dives across to his right and saves the single

14.2

Stirling to Burger, 1 run, punched with the spin to long on

14.3

Stirling to Scholtz, no run, drives a tossed up full one wide of extra cover, who dives a long way to save some runs

14.4

Stirling to Scholtz, OUT, slog-sweep picks out the man at deep square leg, tries to lunge forward and drag the full delivery from outside off, ends up looping it straight to Joyce in the deep

NRP Scholtz c Joyce b Stirling 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

14.5

Stirling to Burger, no run, pushes inside the line of one outside off and is beaten

14.6

Stirling to Burger, 1 run, driven down to long on

End of over 15 (2 runs) Namibia 60/5
SF Burger    20* (24b 2x4)      PR Stirling    3-0-10-1
I Opperman    0* (0b)      KJ O'Brien    3-0-17-0

Ireland in top gear at the moment

15.1

Sorensen to Burger, no run, swing and a miss as he tries to slap a wide one from the crease through extra cover

15.2

Sorensen to Burger, no run, follows him as he tries to make some room outside leg, pushed down the pitch

15.3

Sorensen to Burger, OUT, they keep finding the fielders with precision, mistimed pull again, that shot has been the downfall of Namibia today, sails tamely and settles into the hands of long on

SF Burger c Joyce b Sorensen 20 (27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 74.07

15.4

Sorensen to Opperman, no run, hangs his a bat a wide bouncing one outside off, withdraws it late

Slip in place

15.5

Sorensen to Opperman, no run, again he hangs his bat to a widish one outside off and is beaten

15.6

Sorensen to Opperman, no run, now he wants to drive a pitched up ball, ends up flailing way inside the line

End of over 16 (wicket maiden) Namibia 60/6
I Opperman    0* (3b)      MC Sorensen    3-2-2-2
C Viljoen    0* (0b)      PR Stirling    3-0-10-1

16.1

Rankin to Viljoen, 1 run, pushes a length ball to sweeper cover

16.2

Rankin to Opperman, 3 runs, driven wide of the man at sweeper cover, who fails to pick up the ball cleanly

16.3

Rankin to Viljoen, no run, beaten for pace and bounce, belatedly has a waft at this rearing delivery outside of, beaten

16.4

Rankin to Viljoen, 2 runs, another two, pushed wide of sweeper cover and they scramble back in time

16.5

Rankin to Viljoen, no run, beats him with a bouncing length ball that goes over the stumps

16.6

Rankin to Viljoen, no run, mistimes a forcing stroke to midwicket, Rankin has bowled out, Ireland on top

End of over 17 (6 runs) Namibia 66/6
C Viljoen    3* (5b)      WB Rankin    4-0-17-1
I Opperman    3* (4b)      MC Sorensen    3-2-2-2

17.1

Stirling to Opperman, 1 run, shuffles across and works with the spin to square leg

17.2

Stirling to Viljoen, 1 run, reverse -paddles a tossed up ball from off wide of short third man

17.3

Stirling to Opperman, 1 run, comes down the track and eases it to long on

17.4

Stirling to Viljoen, no run, makes room and slams a tossed up ball but extra cover stops it with a dive

17.5

Stirling to Viljoen, 1 run, worked to midwicket who cannot prevent the single

17.6

Stirling to Opperman, SIX, that has been extremely well-timed, for a change, probably the best-timed shot of the game so far, he advances out, Stirling shortens it, but he still has enough momentum to lift it high over long on

End of over 18 (10 runs) Namibia 76/6
I Opperman    11* (7b 1x6)      PR Stirling    4-0-20-1
C Viljoen    5* (8b)      WB Rankin    4-0-17-1

Sorensen to bowl out, he has somewhat unbelievable figures of 3-2-2-2

18.1

Sorensen to Viljoen, 1 run, worked through square leg

18.2

Sorensen to Opperman, 1 run, charges out but mistimes a pull behind square leg

18.3

Sorensen to Viljoen, no run, gets front leg out of the way and tries to lift the length ball over midwicket, misses

Sorensen has a chat with his captain

18.4

Sorensen to Viljoen, 1 run, flat-bats a shortish one from outside off on the bounce to deep midwicket

18.5

Sorensen to Opperman, 2 runs, full delivery on the stumps, it has been muscled down the ground in the air, Dockrell runs across from long off and fields

18.6

Sorensen to Opperman, 1 run, top-edge of a pull loops high over square leg, falls short of the man running in from the deep, Sorensen is applauded for his superb spell

End of over 19 (6 runs) Namibia 82/6
I Opperman    15* (10b 1x6)      MC Sorensen    4-2-8-2
C Viljoen    7* (11b)      PR Stirling    4-0-20-1

O'Brien to bowl the last over, they have not used Dockrell at all

19.1

O'Brien to Opperman, no run, slow bouncer on the stumps, he shapes up for the pull but it comes on lazily off the pitch and he cannot have a go at it

19.2

O'Brien to Opperman, no run, good delivery, follows him down leg with the yorker as he makes room

19.3

O'Brien to Opperman, FOUR, a charge down the pitch and a swing over the bowler, mid off and long on cannot cut it off, mid off slides but long on is in his way, ball wins

19.4

O'Brien to Opperman, 1 run, down to long on for one

19.5

O'Brien to Viljoen, 1 bye, tries to walk across and scoop towards fine leg, misses the ball completely, Wilson is in a bit of pain as he cannot collect the ball

19.6

O'Brien to Opperman, SIX, full toss outside off disappears for maximum over long on with a healthy swing, Namibia still finish well short of 100

A disappointing performance from Namibia after they chose to bat. Ireland on top right from the start, Namibia tried to hit their way out of trouble but only ended up losing regular wickets. Ireland have one foot into the ICC World Twenty20 unless they mess up what should be a simple chase

End of over 20 (12 runs) Namibia 94/6
I Opperman    26* (15b 1x4 2x6)      KJ O'Brien    4-0-28-0
C Viljoen    7* (12b)      MC Sorensen    4-2-8-2
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Photos

Mar 24, 2012

The Ireland team after beating Namibia to make the World Twenty20, Ireland v Namibia, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, preliminary final, Dubai, March 24, 2012

The Ireland team after beating Namibia to make the World Twenty20

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