|ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-2013|
Determined Namibia frustrate Scotland
Scotland were forced to settle for a draw after a determined Namibian rearguard held them at bay on the final day in Windhoek.
Resuming 347 runs ahead, Scotland adopted a safety first policy and decided to bat on, adding a further 36 runs in six overs. The wicket to fall was that of Richie Berrington (13), bowled by Louis van der Westhuizen (2-64).
Josh Davey with a patient 26 from 57 balls, and Calum MacLeod with a much more aggressive unbeaten 20 were the batsmen at the crease when Gordon Drummond signalled them in with the total on 296 for 5. That meant Namibia required a highly unlikely 384 for the win, with survival and a draw their more realistic target.
Namibia survived the remainder of the morning session to go to lunch on 49 without loss, but it was a different story shortly after the resumption, when Majid Haq struck twice in quick succession to remove Christi Viljoen (19) and Sarel Burger (7).
Namibian skipper Craig Williams played positively for a run a ball 29, before Richie Berrington broke through his defences to leave the score on 99 for 3. Any hopes Scotland had of forcing the win were quickly extinguished, as the obdurate Pikkie Ya France, and the hard hitting Gerrie Snyman shared a 110 run partnership for the fourth wicket. Snyman was clearly the more dominant, hitting 88 from 97 balls (14 fours, 3 sixes), before he was well caught by Preston Mommsen off Richie Berrington (2-38) attempting to reach his century before the close of play.
Ya France proved the immoveable object, grinding his way to 63 not out from a mammoth 225 deliveries to ensure the draw for his side. Pretty it certainly wasn't, but effective.
Both sides shook hands on the draw with Namibia on 218 for 4 after 74 overs. Scotland therefore claim 9 points to move into third place in the Intercontinental Cup on 16 points, four behind Afghanistan having played a game more, and 24 points adrift of leaders Ireland.
Namibia escape with 3 points, their first of the competition, which keeps them in 7th place, just above bottom side Canada.
The teams meet again on Wednesday and Thursday in the altogether much more important ICC One -Day League, with World Cup qualification points at stake. Scotland won both their opening encounters against The Netherlands, and two more victories here will take them level at the summit with early pace setters Ireland.