Clinical bowling secure Irish win over Nam
Namibia’s Cricket team showed very little resistance against Ireland on the final day of its four-day tie in the ICC Intercontinental Cup played on Tuesday, at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek.
Ireland had the fairly straight forward task of picking up three wickets and clinical bowling from their end ensured a convincing win over Namibia.
Namibia resisted for a little over an hour, adding 39 runs in the process, but Ireland wrapped up the formalities to surge to the top of the points table with a win by an innings and 107 runs.
The Ireland bowling department which was on point bowled Namibia out for 251 runs in the first innings and continued their potent onslaught in the second innings, restricting Namibia to 169 runs for 7 by end of the third day. In the end, 212 runs is all Namibia amassed.
Namibia’s response, over two innings, was to Ireland’s first-innings total of 570 for 6 declared, which came on the back of William Porterfield’s 186 and 205 in 201 balls from Ed Joyce, who was named the Man of the Match.
Meanwhile, Ireland, which defeated United Arab Emirates (UAE) by an innings and 26 runs in its opening tie, has 40 points now, followed by the Netherlands with 26 and Namibia in third place with 20.
The next Intercontinental Cup fixture is between UAE and Hong Kong, the two teams at the bottom of the eight-team table, at the ICC Academy grounds in Dubai from Nov. 11 to 14.