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Baard and Scholtz hand PNG first defeat

A power-packed half-century from 23-year old Stephan Baard was followed up by a triple-wicket maiden from from Bernard Scholtz as Namibia outplayed Papua New Guinea by 49 runs in Malahide

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SJ Baard
87(54) 7x4 - 5x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 18 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
6 9 12 11 13 18 13 5
SF Burger
38(20) 2x4 - 2x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
3 7 0 1 5 0 7 15

Best performances - Bowlers

BM Scholtz
O4
M1
R11
W4
Eco2.75
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
G Snyman
O3.2
M0
R18
W3
Eco5.40
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

If a batsman comes hard at the top, its difficult to stop him, says Scholtz, the Namibia captain. Thats what happened to our batting innings. And Im happy that our bowlers did a lot better. We talked that if the ball was full or short, we told them to go for it. You can see the boys, theyre all pretty big and strong. Well batted for Baard. He set it up and it was a team performance. Bernard bowled really well as well, hit the rough and put the batsmen in a tangle.

Namibia was the better side today says Vare, captain of PNG. We didnt execute our plans properly. But credit to Baard for going on and making a big total. We wanted to keep it simple, the wicket was used a lot and we wanted to hit the deck hard and try and bowl good areas. But it didnt go according to plan. There were a lot of positives in the game, dont want to see the negatives. We fielded well. We want to take that into the next game

Bernad Scholtz gets the Man of the Match award for his 4 for 11. He says the amount of runs on the board made the bowling easier. We are very satisfied with our batsmen and we always thought we had a good chance. I made it quite slow, that was the plan. They had to hit it, and that made it quite hard for the batsman. Performances like this, and doing it with so much at stake is why we play the game

5.15 pm Handshakes all around as Namibia roll over the top team from Group A. PNGs fairytale run comes to an end as a result of Stephan Baards power-packed half-century and Bernard Scholtzs very very slow left-arm spin

19.2
W
Snyman to Vanua, OUT, thats all she wrote. Takes a flatter delivery outside off and tonks it down the throat of long-off

N Vanua c van Schoor b Snyman 13 (25m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 76.47

19.1
0
Snyman to Vanua, no run, flighted on off stump, kept out

Final over of the day. PNG have done reasonably well to last this far. Run-rate races can come into play later on, rememeber

END OF OVER:
19 | 8 Runs | PNG: 132/9 (50 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.94, RRR: 50.00)

  • Norman Vanua13 (15b)
  • Pipi Raho6 (7b)
  • JJ Smit2.4-0-28-0
  • Gerrie Snyman3-0-18-2
18.6
1
Smit to Vanua, 1 run, good length on middle, tapped to long-on
18.5
0
Smit to Vanua, no run, back of a length and outside off, defended to point
18.5
1w
Smit to Vanua, 1 wide, full which is good, but the line is way down leg
18.4
1
Smit to Raho, 1 run, down the track for a whip to long-on