Namibia junior cricketers find going tough in Bangladesh

26 Jan 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JAN (NAMPA) – Namibia’s national Under-19 (U19) cricket team lost their two preparation games ahead of their first International Cricket Council (ICC) U19 World Cup group game on Friday.
Namibia qualified for the ICC World Cup after winning the ICC Africa U-19 Championship in Tanzania in February 2015.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday by Cricket Namibia officials attending the event in Bangladesh said on Saturday, England’s left-arm seamer Sam Curran grabbed five wickets for 10 runs in eight overs to steer his side to a comfortable 155-run win over Namibia.
“England made 307 for seven after being sent into bat with openers Dan Lawrence
(85) and Max Holden (81) sharing a first-wicket stand of 151 runs by the 28th over.
“Namibia was bowled out for 152 runs in reply, despite Lohan Louwrens making 44 and Charl Brits 57,” read the statement.
The statement also quoted assistant team manager, Steven Barry as saying it was a tough game against a very strong team and there are plenty of positives to take out of the match.
“The guys learned a lot considering it’s the first time any of us have experienced these conditions,” said Barry.
Things did not improve much when The Eagles, as the Namibian team is also known, went up against Zimbabwe on Monday.
Zimbabwe’s leg-spinner Blessing Mavuta claimed six wickets for 18 runs to inspire his side to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Namibia in Chittagong.
“Namibia was shot out for 120 with SJ Loftie-Eaton top-scoring with 38. Zimbabwe surpassed the modest total in the 23rd over following an opening stand of 108 between Shaun Snyder (60) and Brendan Sly (48),” added the statement.
Namibia’s first match in Group A is against Scotland on 29 January, two days later against defending champions South Africa, and then Bangladesh on 02 February.
The competition will be played on the basis of limited overs in which each team bowls 50 overs.
The top two teams in each of the four groups progress to the Super League quarterfinals, while the two bottom teams from each group qualify for the Plate Championship quarterfinals.