Run Fest: Namibia in top form

2011-12-03 00:00

AT yesterday’s close of play KZN Inland trailed Namibia by 159 runs, with eight first-innings wickets intact at stumps on day two of the Provincial Three-day Challenge match at the Maritzburg Oval.

Inland were 276 for two at the close in reply to Namibia’s 435 all out. The match has been a run-fest, with 700 runs compiled over the two days and just 12 wickets falling, leaving little likelihood of a result today, barring an extraordinary collapse or two.

The match has also been remarkable for two superb individual performances and an impressive all-round display by the Namibian batting line-up, eight players getting 27 or more.

Tabraiz Shamsi, Inland’s 21-year-old slow left-arm chinaman bowler, took eight for 143 in a marathon 49.5 overs, topping his previous first-class best of six for 89.

Inland wicketkeeper and opening batter Divan van Wyk (26) was unbeaten on 157 at the close, which included 17 fours, and is now just 27 runs short of his highest first-class score. The 50-over match is tomorrow.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Namibia 1st inn 435 in 125.5 overs (Gerhard Rudolph 86, Gerrie Snyman 64, Raymond van Schoor 46, Nicholaas Scholtz 46, Pieter Rossouw 42; Tabraiz Shamsi 8-164). Inland 1st inn 276/2 in 74.2 overs (Divan van Wyk 157*, Nabeel Bhayla 68).

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