Allround Namibia Hammer USA |


JJ Smit finished with figures of 3/35. © Getty

Three-wicket hauls from Bernard Scholtz and JJ Smit followed by a determined batting display from their batsmen led by Divan La Cock’s 59 for 84 balls helped Namibia redeem themselves against the USA earlier in the week. The USA bowlers looked toothless after a tepid batting performance that saw them limp to 211 with a 64-run eighth-place finish.

The USA got off to a quiet start as Sushant Modani carved some boundaries on the ground. Steven Taylor didn’t bother the scorers for long as JJ Smit found the outside edge of him with a diving Zane Green taking out a whoop behind the grounds. Smit returned in his next over to induce an advantage in Monank Patel’s drive as the USA reeled at 40 for 2 late on the power play. Scholtz castled Modani with a precise armbar in the next over to make matters worse for the USA. Aaron Jones and Gajanand Singh began the recovery work, albeit at a slow pace. Scholtz came back on his second spell to catch Jones up front to further frustrate the US.

Singh and Ian Holland formed a 45-run partnership over the next 10 overs. The pair found some urgency and flair in their game, pretty bad with the top order. Just when the United States seemed ready to up the ante, Ruben Trumpelmann sent Singh back as he carelessly drove into the hands of the hedge. Holland and Shayan Jahangir brought down 5 caps in the next 2 overs against the current of the game. Scholtz continued to be a thorn in the flesh of the USA, coming back on his third spell to put the Netherlands in front. Jahangir went to shack in the space of the next three deliveries to have the USA down at 147 for 7 in the 40 plus. Left-arm spinner twins Nosthush Kenjige and Nisarg Patel took charge to keep the US afloat in the game. Kenjige and Patel were brave enough to rack up a crucial 64 runs and play in the last 2 overs to loot 29.

Namibia let off steam with some coarse bowling and some enterprising batting from Divan la Cock. The pugnacious opener immediately put the USA on the defensive in a small chase with 4 bounds in the first 2 overs. The pairing of the Cock and Lo-handre Louwrens weathered the new ball and put Namibia in the driving seat with a starting position of 56 runs. Jessy Singh found his reward for chasing a persistent length with the Louwrens wicket at 17. Michael Van Lingen brought with him a flurry of bounds that seemed to sink the US’s shoulders further.

While the USA needed to conjure up a miracle on the pitch, they inexplicably lost 3 regulation takes in 2 overs. La Gallo was lucky enough to bring out his half century with the base of 72 balls. Holland made sure not to do that for too long when he hit his pads up front after La Cock missed the ball with an ugly hoic. Holland continued to reap the benefits of channel bowling as he ripped off Van Lingen’s middle stump in his next over. Gerhard Erasmus and Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton ensured there were no more tremors in the race chase with a standing 83 run to dash the USA’s hopes of sniffing a win.

Short Sheet Music: US211 for 7 in 50 overs (Ian Holland 40; Bernard Scholtz 3-26, JJ Smit 3/35) lost to Namibia 212 for 4 in 44.4 overs (Divan the Cock 59, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton 43*; Ian Holland 2-36) for six windows

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