Namibia continue to shine in World Cricket League

20 Jan 2015 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JAN (NAMPA) – The Namibian national cricket team continue to shine at the Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 tournament underway here.
Namibia won by 188 runs against the Netherlands here on Tuesday, making it three wins thus far in the competition which started on Saturday.
Namibia beat Kenya in their first clash by five wickets with 64 balls remaining, and defeated Ghana by four wickets with 22 balls remaining on Sunday.
Speaking to Nampa after the Tuesday match, Namibian captain Nicolaas Scholtz said their plan of winning the game worked in their favour.
“The guys batted well, and it was really good to see the effort they put into the game,” he said of his fellow teammates.
Namibia managed to record 314 runs in their 50 overs with nine wickets, while the Netherlands could only score 126 runs in 28 overs losing all their wickets.
The local team, affectionately called the Eagles, will face Nepal on Wednesday at the United Sports Club.
Scholtz said their encounter with Nepal will not be a “walk in the park” and they thus do not underestimate their opponents, but they will be motivated to stick to their winning plans.
“We will go and regroup again tonight, and come tomorrow we are going to do our best again,” he said.
On his side, Netherland coach Anton Roux said credit should be given to Namibia for the victory, and wished them the best ahead of their clash with Nepal.
He said they too will reorganise themselves and be positive ahead for their next encounters.
The Netherlands will lock horns against Kenya on Wednesday at the Wanderers field.
In other games played on Tuesday, Nepal beat Canada by seven wickets, while Kenya won by five wickets against Uganda.
The final is set for Saturday.
The top two teams will be promoted to WCL Division 1, where they will join Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.
The top two teams will further receive a financial boost for their efforts, and will also be allowed to participate in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ICC World League Championships which will run from 2015 to 2017.