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Namibia ease home against Kenya

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 2:57 PM

Namibia ease home against Kenya
Namibia's top batsman of the day, Craig Williams, in his innings of 59 not out
ICC/Damien Schutz
Namibia got themselves off the bottom of the ICC World Cricket League Championship table with a seven-wicket victory over Kenya in Windhoek on Saturday.

After suffering a heavy defeat in Thursday's opening match of the double-header, Namibia exacted revenge in fine style by completing their run-chase with 48 balls remaining.

Kenya were bowled out for just 187 in 42.1 overs after looking on for a good total when they reached 99-1 in the 18th over. Opener Alex Obanda held the key to the innings but he fell two overs later after smashing seven fours and three sixes in a 67-ball 71.

That was the second of three wickets to fall to Christi Viljoen (3-40) while there were two wickets each for Louis Klazinga, Bernard Scholtz and Ian Opperman.

Namibia began their pursuit with a first-wicket partnership of 59 from Opperman (45) and Raymond van Schoor (32) to dampen any Kenyan hopes of an unlikely victory. Two wickets fell for one run but Sarel Burger (41 not out) then helped Opperman put on 50.

Opperman's dismissal brought in Craig Williams (59 not out off 60 balls) who dominated an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 78 to clinch the match.

Namibia's victory sees them move above Canada into seventh place in the ICC WCL Championship table with Kenya one place above them.

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