Johnston leads U19s to second victory over Namibia

Lizzie Sleet @CricketScotland
July 14, 2017 7 years

Scotland’s U19 cricketers completed the double over Namibia on Thursday (13 June) at Stirling CC following their victory on Tuesday.

Namibia captain Lohan Louwrens won the toss and elected to field first in the hope of some swing early on, as Calum Garden and Owais Shah were again given the honours of opening the batting.

Shah departed after looking well-set, hitting four boundaries on his way to 19, before falling in the same fashion as the day before – caught and bowled.

Garden again batted with good intent as he made 35 before the introduction of Burger had him trapped in front LBW, with William Hardie falling the same way the very next ball with Scotland 104/5.

Rory Johnston was joined by Dickinson following the departure of Beattie and the pair put on the highest partnership of the match, worth 54 runs.

Johnston pulled and drove well while Dickinson used his quick hands to manoeuvre the ball into the gaps. He was unfortunately run out for 62, but Dickinson continued to play an important role with the help of Tom Diamond (11) and Oliver Brown (7*) to get their side to 230/8 after 50 overs.

The Namibian reply started in almost identical fashion to Tuesday’s game as Will Hardie claimed two wickets before the Namibians had reached 12.

The young Scots found themselves a little rattled as an 84-run partnership between Molendorf (47) and van der Merve (41) looked to put Namibia on top. However, Johnston was not to be outdone as he removed both batsmen.

The spinners then turned the screw as Tahir (1/32), Beattie (2/13) and Dickinson (1/24) helped Scotland to secure a 63-run win.

Special mention to Namibian number 7 batsman Nicol Loftie-Eaton who played some big shots in a losing cause with 37 runs.

The teams will now meet for a final time at Stirling on Friday 14th July before heading off to Jersey for the important ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

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