Cricket coach says team's win was 'brilliant'

15 May 2015 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 15 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia won the four-day International Cricket Cup (ICC) Intercontinental Cup against Hong Kong on Wednesday after completing the match with a 114-run victory.
The Intercontinental Cup was played in Windhoek.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Cricket Namibia coach Doug Watson said it was a well-deserved and brilliant win.
“The team bowled very well as a group and I must say I am very happy with their performance,” he said.
A media statement issued by Cricket Namibia Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Donovan Zealand said Namibia went into the final day in a commanding position, needing to prevent Hong Kong from scoring 303 runs, but also taking 10 wickets.
He said Namibia were dealt a harsh blow prior to the game as Tiaan Snyman tore his ankle ligaments the previous day. This meant the Namibians were a bowler down.
Hong Kong got off to a very good start, and were 48/0 before the young and talented Christopher Coombe was able to make a breakthrough.
Shortly after Coombe took another wicket, Bernhard Scholtz stepped into action with two more quick wickets.
“With eight wickets down by tea time and only 139 runs on the board, it appeared that Namibia had the match done and dusted. However, there was to be a last fight from the Asians, as Haseeb Amjab and Eshan Nawaz made life difficult for the Namibians,” he said.
Zealand noted that the Namibians threw everything they had at Hong Kong, even trying out part-timer Raymond van Schoor but to no avail.
He added that in a late attempt to take victory, Captain Nikolaas Scholtz took things into his own hands, after he scored a fantastic 85 not out in the first innings, as well as a quick fire 29 not out in the second innings.
“Scholtz proved that he is the kind of captain that can lead from the front as he took two wickets from his first two balls, leading Namibia to victory, and giving the team their first intercontinental victory of the season,” Zealand said.
Meanwhile, the two teams will tackle each other in the first 50-over match of the World Cricket League here on Friday.