Namibia and Saudi Arabia share spoils
Namibia’s senior national cricket team and Saudi Arabia ended their series with a draw over the weekend as both nations managed to take a piece of the win in Windhoek.
The guests from the Middle East brought their A game during the first encounter on Saturday. Mohammad Afzal and Inayat Saeed did the main damage with Afzal scoring a good 77 runs (not out), while Saeed added another 66 to take the total tally to 301 runs after 50 overs.
The Namibians then found themselves in all sorts of trouble from the beginning of their innings. The likes of Stephen Baard and Gerry Snyman were dismissed with a run each while the rest of the team also failed to build momentum. Nicolaas Scholtz was the most successful batsman with only 39 runs.
Saudi Arabia eventually got their final wicket after 42 overs to claim a 141 run win at the Wanderers Cricket grounds. The hosts dominated the second day, clinching an emphatic 7 wicket victory at the same venue
Their opponents struggled to put on runs with a relentless bowling onslaught from the home side. Largely due to Sarel Burger’s exploit of 4 wickets, the Eagles restricted Saudi Arabia to 132 runs after just 38,2 overs. The Namibian batting order then did the rest. Wian van Vuuren (46) and Craig Williams (55/not out) scored almost at will, reaching 136 runs with seven wickets to spare.