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Provincial One-Day Challenge: EP snatch victory away from Namibia by inches

By Marc Jacobson - Jan 24, 2017
Provincial One-Day Challenge: EP snatch victory away from Namibia by inches

In a very low-scoring affair, Eastern Province managed to snatch a five-run victory over Namibia with the help of the slow wicket, rather than through a superior, expeditious run-rate.

The two sides met in a Pool B clash in the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge encounter at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek on Sunday – with the wicket on the day, favouring the bowlers tremendously.

As both sides struggled with the bat, they capitalized in their respective bowling spells, with each side being dismissed for less than 160 in less than 45 overs each.

It was EP, however, who lasted five runs and seven balls longer before they were fully sent to the dressers, as they projected a score of 156 all out after 44.5 overs. After 43.4 overs, Namibia was all-up beaten for 151.

Although there was not much between the sides, EP’s resilience to just outlast Namibia for the time in the middle – proved to be the marginal difference on the day. The team’s respective run-rates were awfully close with EP averaging 3.47 runs per over and Namibia 3.45.

Of the 20 abrupt wickets that were taken in the match, 13 of the wicket-deliveries got the better of the respective batsmen in the form of bowled-deliveries, LBW’s, snick-behinds and stumpings. Eight of which were contributed by EP bowlers and the other five belonging to Namibia – again lending to the marginal difference between the two sides.  

The other seven were mainly caught-wickets or run-outs, where credit should not only go to the delivery itself – but more often to the fielding placement and collective sharpness.

EP’s pick of bowlers went to Ngazibini Sigwili and Anrich Nortje who achieved 4/36 and 3/30 bowling figures respectively. In the Namibian bowling attack, each bowler took at least one wicket, but the stand-outs were Danie van Schoor (3/21) and Jan Frylinck (2/23).

Batting against their own favourable plight, the scorers of the day were David White (52) and Onke Nyaku (38) for EP; and Craig Williams (47) for Namibia.

EP are set to play their next One-Day Challenge encounter against Free State in Bloemfontein on February 12th. They are currently placed fourth out of seven teams in Pool B and ninth out of 14 teams in the Cross Pool standings.