Namibia 403/7 (104.0 ov) Frylinck 158, Baard 88
Day 2 Scorecard
Scotland’s Intercontinental Cup encounter finally got underway on Wednesday (7 June) after the first day’s scheduled play had been obliterated by the constant rain.
A tremendous effort from the ground-staff ensured play would start on time at 10:30am, after Namibia had won the toss and elected to bat first.
Ruaidrhi Smith’s I-Cup debut for Scotland didn’t go quite as he would have hoped, as he picked up a groin injury one ball into his sixth over and was unable to return to the field.
Stephan Baard and van der Westhuizen opened up for the Namibians, with Alasdair Evans and Safyaan Sharif bowling tight opening spells for the Scots.
Baard looked in great touch as he got into the groove, while van der Westhuizan made his way to 43 before Sharif had him caught by de Lange at the start of the 29th over.
It was to be the Scots best over of the day as Sharif then had Erasmus trapped LBW, followed by the wicket of Craig Williams, caught by Coetzer at second slip, leaving Namibia 88/3.
Namibia then took control to enjoy the best of the rest of the day, Baard looked to be on course for a century until Calum MacLeod plucked the ball out of the air with a one handed stunning catch.
Jan Frylinck took the reins as he plundered his way to a 158 as the powerful Christi Viljoen stroked 77 before Mark Watt held on to a smart caught and bowled opportunity.
Both batsmen enjoyed numerous lives after several relatively easy chances came and went, but some exquisite drives and pull-shots helped them on their way to a big first innings total.
Captain Kyle Coetzer gave a pretty honest assessment to his teams performance at the conclusion, “It’s been a pretty long day, I would say. The guys grafted out there for the whole day, but if you miss six or seven chances, it’s always going to be a long day.
That’s not a standard fielding performance from us and we’ll be pretty disappointed sitting in the shed tonight but we’ve got to take the positives that we created those chances.
The bowlers really grafted today and there were chances created, the wicket is a very good wicket, it’s got a green tinge to it but that’s just a bit of false advertising I would say, as it’s actually a very, very good batting wicket.”
After 104 overs of play the day ended with Namibia 403/7. The teams will meet again tomorrow for a 10:30am start.