Namibia triumph in topsy-turvy game
The Griquas batted first and Namibia would have been confident when they had them at 199/7 with one batsman retired hurt. But the injured batsman Adrian McLaren came back to score an unbeaten 126, and along with 17 year old débutante Reeza Hendricks, who fell agonisingly short of a century on début with 95, helped the home team to 355/9 before they declared.
Namibia started badly, and were at 7/2 with stand-in captain Tatenda Taibu back in the hutch for a duck. But their middle order rallied in fine style, with Gerrie Snyman and Ian van Zyl both just missing out on half-centuries, as they reached 266 before being dismissed.
Griquland West then put on an opening partnership of 50 before the Namibian bowlers began to slice through their batting line up like a knife through butter. Fine bowling from van Zyl, Sarel Burger and Henno Prinsloo, who all finished with three wickets each, had the Griquas struggling on 76/8. But the last two wickets put on 78 to enable them to reach 154, setting Namibia a target of 244.
Namibia's chase got off to the worst possible start when Burden was dismissed from the first delivery of the innings. But Taibu put his first innings duck behind him with 93, ably assisted by 76 from Sarel Burger as Namibia reached their target despite 5/57 from Griqualand West bowler Jandre Coetzee.
Namibia play a one day game against the same opponents tomorrow, and then have a two month break from South African provincial cricket, returning with games against Easterns on the 25th of January. Before then though, they'll have an Intercontinental Cup match against the UAE at home in two weeks time.