Namibia claim opening U19 CWC win over Scotland

29 Jan

Scotland 159 (36.3 overs) Shah 39, van Lingen 3/19, lost to Namibia 161/1 (26 overs) Loftie-Eaton 63* by 9 wickets [Scorecard] 

Namibia cruised to a 9 wicket win in their opening fixture at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh against Scotland at Cox’s Bazar on Friday. 

Scotland captain Neil Flack won the toss and elected to bat first but Scotland suffered an early set-back as Jack Waller and Rory Johnston were dismissed with 31 runs on the board.

Owais Shah was the mainstay of the Scotland innings with 39 runs from 60 deliveries, but when he departed the scene in the 13th over the innings stuttered.

Haris Aslam was the only other batsman to contribute a score, with 31 runs from 34 balls, as van Lingen (3/19), Loftie-Eaton (2/13) and Brits (36/2) did the damage with the ball. 

Cameron Sloman (13) and Mohammad Ghaffar (16) put on a useful stand for the final wicket, but the Namibians ensured their opponents would be bowled out for 159 in the 37th over. 

The second innings saw Namibia come flying out of the traps with Loftie-Eaton and Davin put on an opening stand worth 95 to dampen any aspirations the young Scots had of defending their score. 

Aslam was the only man to claim a wicket, having Davin stumped by Harris Carnegie for 52, but Green continued where his team-mate had left off to pass the Scotland total with 144 balls remaining. 

Loftie-Eaton was unsurprisingly player of the match contributing an unbeaten 67 and 2 wickets. 

Scotland will now look to bounce back against the hosts on January 31. 

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