With both teams so far without a win in both the Intercontinental Cup and the World Cricket League Championship, this series of matches between Namibia and Canada in Windhoek is a crucial one for all concerned.
And Canada's tour began today with the first day of the Intercontinental Cup match at Wanderers Cricket Ground. With Namibia's team having a total combined first-class experience of almost ten times as many games as the Canadians, they are the clear favourites to win this match.
Initially, that favourites tag was clearly warranted as Canada lost their first four wickets with just 46 runs on the board. Zeeshan Siddiqi and Tyson Gordon then put on 112 for the fifth wicket before Siddiqi was out for a well made 87 to get Canada back into the game.
Tyson Gordon followed six overs later with just two more runs added to the total, having made what for him was a very sedate 42 from 150 balls.
This brought Rizwan Cheema to the crease, batting lower than usual at number eight. He was able to get Canada back on track, sharing in a 55 run partnership for the eighth wicket with Junaid Siddiqui before eventually falling for 47.
Siddiqui remained unbeaten at the close of play on 35, with the Canadian total on 264-9. Honours more or less even then, but it seems likely that Namibia's vast first-class experience in the second tier of South African first-class cricket will tell, so Namibia will remain favourites to win the contest.
Day 1 Close:
Canada 1st inns 264-9 (Overs 92 , Zeeshan H Siddiqi 87, TG Gordon 42, Rizwan Cheema 47, CG Williams 3-64, SF Burger 4-42