Namibia on winning streak at African cricket champs
17 Feb 2015 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 FEB (NAMPA) The Namibian national under-19 cricket team have won three matches in a row at the African Cricket Championship underway in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Their undefeated streak means that the Namibians are perfectly on track to finish the tournament in first place and therefore qualify for the World Championship, said Cricket Namibia's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Donovan Zealand in a media statement issued on Tuesday.
Namibia beat Tanzania on the first day of competition on Saturday, scoring 187 runs with all their wickets out, while their opponents only score 85 runs with all their wickets out.
The Namibians, guided by head coach Norbert Manyande, defeated Nigeria on Monday with a 170 runs. Namibia's Sybrand Jacobus Loftie-Eaton scored 81 runs in steering his country to a tough 251 runs in total.
Namibia then beat Botswana on Tuesday.
Namibia batted first and posted a mammoth 320 runs off their 50 overs, while Botswana was bowled out for 55 runs, losing all their wickets.
The winning team of the Africa Championship will qualify directly for the 2016 U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, while the runner-up will be involved in an intercontinental qualifying tournament for the final spot in Bangladesh.
Namibia will play Uganda on Wednesday and Kenya on Thursday.