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Record-breaking Namibia close in on victory

Mon, Sep 20, 2010 10:03 PM

Record-breaking Namibia close in on victory

Craig Williams was one of six players to pass fifty for Namibia
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Namibia broke a remarkable first-class record on Monday when it hit the highest ever first-class total without a century in it.

Not only did it score 609 all out, but it then took two Uganda wickets before the close, to leave the visitors trailing by 203 runs with eight wickets remaining.

Every Namibia player reached double figures (the 122nd time this has happened in first-class cricket), with six players scoring half centuries, in a remarkable batting display.

Ewaid Steenkamp (87), Gerrie Snyman (86), Craig Williams (82), Tobias Verwey (73), Sarel Burger (68) and Louis van der Westhuizen(50) were those who reached fifty or more as the Uganda attack was made to toil for almost 180 overs.

The previous teams to pass 600 were Madhya Pradesh, who made 605 v Haryana in the 1998/99 season, and Surrey, who hit 603 against Gloucestershire in 2005.

Roger Mukasa had reached 48 not out for Uganda at close as it finished the day's play on 77-2.

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