Scotland 268/5 (43/43 ov) Berrington 110, Mommsen 49* beat Namibia 217 (39.4/43 ov) Sharif 3/40, by 51 runs (D/L method) Scorecard
After rain had meant a conclusion to the first World Cricket League match between Scotland and Namibia wasn’t possible, the two teams converged on the Grange once again with the tourists needing 243 to win from 37.5 overs.
Sharif gave the Scots the start they were looking for as he trapped the big hitting van der Westhuizen after he added 13 runs to the overnight score.
Another Namibia wicket was to fall in the following over, this time opener Baard pulling a short delivery from Chris Sole into the hands of Preston Mommsen at square-leg.
A moment of brilliance from Con de Lange then dismissed Craig Williams with a tremendous diving catch at full-stretch over his shoulder gave Ali Evans his first wicket of the innings.
Namibia’s Intercontinental Cup centurion Jan Frylinck was the next to go 10 balls later as he was caught by Ali Evans off the bowling of Sole for 0.
There was some rear-guard resistance from the Namibians as Smit (30) and Groenwald (42) went all out, but some good catches on the boundary by Mommsen and MacLeod ensured a Scotland win by 51 runs (D/L).
At the conclusion of the game Richie Berrington said, “Obviously very happy to get the win, it was a bit of bit of a strange on having to come back on day 2, but we knew, especially in Scotland with the weather that can be an issue but I thought we were really good today from the outset.
Obviously always nice to contribute, and they bowled really well at us in stages and put us under pressure, and after the two wickets we needed to rebuild for a while, but I thought Craig Wallace did an excellent job to lift the intensity a bit, and Preston was his reliable-self to make it a bit easier for me.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game Berrington concluded, “It’s good to get off to a good start and will look to continue that tomorrow.”
Game 2 between the sides will commence tomorrow at 10:45am with tickets available on the gate.