Namibia had entered the tournament as one of the 14 feared countries to participate in the T20 World Cup Qualifier with having 3 wins out of four warmup games.
Getting into the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, Namibia had decided to play well and had also aimed to play quality cricket and end up playing in the finals.
The Eagles played their first official match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier on the 19th October against the Netherlands. Namibia’s strong approach in the qualifier was instantly neutralized by the Dutch bowling unit as Namibia were bowled out for 96 as the Netherlands claimed second straight win by 44 runs.
In the second match against Papua New Guinea, Namibia was bowled out for 96 runs. Craig played a well-defined knock of 27 runs.
PNG posted a huge total of 197/7 and Namibia kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 116 runs.
National Head coach Pierre De Bruyn said that he was very proud of the team’s performance against Scotland. “Our first win was a brave win and a lot of character was shown by the Eagles. After two difficult games at the beginning of the tournament, the team has shown a lot of pride, character and a lot of courage; I am proud of the team and they do deserve the win against the good Scottish team.”
The Eagles registered their first victory of the Qualifier after beating Scotland by a comfortable 24 run margin in a superb combined batting and bowling display.
Coach Pierre De Bruyn described Bermuda as a dangerous team as they play cricket at a high intensity and the team is fully aware of what could be done to them on the day, but the Eagles will have to work on a smarter strategy to out skill them.
Craig Williams and Gerhard Erasmus anchored the innings and a quickfire of 43 runs from JJ Smit helped Namibia post a competitive total of 159/6. De Bruyn stresses that it is very important to keep the momentum going in the tournament.
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