Sharif shines as Scotland defeat Namibia

27 Jan

Scotland 279/9 (50 overs) Machan 78, Berrington 51, Mommsen 46,B Sholtz 3/55 beat Namibia 258/9 (50 overs) Sharif 4/55, Taylor 2/47, Haq 1/37, by 21 runs. [Scorecard]  

Scotland resumed their Super Six match against Namibia at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval on Monday after the first day’s play was cut short by rain and high winds.

When play resumed Scotland required 8 wickets, while Namibia had to score 221 runs from 37.5 overs.

Scotland started strongly in the field, and claimed the wicket of Stephen Baard early in the day when he was brilliantly run out by Berrington.

The Scottish bowlers then put the squeeze on the Namibian batsmen ensuring no boundaries were scored for 11 overs.

Nicholaas Sholtz tried to up the scoring but was beaten all ends up by a Safyaan Sharif delivery, which saw the batsman’s middle stump up up-rooted, with the score on 155/4 in the 25th over.

It wasn’t long before Sharif claimed another scalp, this time the dangerous Williams, who had just reached his half century, as he tried to cut only to see his off-stump disturbed.

At this stage Namibia still needed 114 runs from 13 overs, while Scotland needed another five wickets.

Christi Vijoen became Sharif’s third victim of the innings when he gave Matt Machan a simple catch in the covers with the required run-rate ever increasing.

A spirited eighth wicket stand of 39 between JJ Smit and Jean Kotze did give Namibia some hope, but when both were removed – firstly thanks to a sharp stumping down the leg-side by Cross, followed by a catch by MacLeod  -  Namibia required 30 runs from the final seven deliveries.

The Scots held their nerve to claim their first win of the Super Six stage as Namibia finished up 21 runs short of the required total.

Joint interim head coach Paul Collingwood said after the match, “Namibia fought hard but we kept on finding a way to get the job done. The challenge is for us to keep this level of performance going for another two matches.”

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen added, “We are extremely happy to take the points from our first game in the Super Sixes.

What’s even more pleasing is to see us backing up our performances with another solid display.

The team showed a lot of maturity and calmness in the field which enabled us to keep taking wickets at key times."

Scotland will now take on PNG in their second Super Six fixture at the same venue tomorrow.

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