ICC Intercontinental Cup One-Day, 1st Match: Ireland v Namibia at Belfast, Jul 4, 2011 – 25 Overs Recap

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ICC Intercontinental Cup One-Day, 1st Match: Ireland v Namibia at Belfast, Jul 4, 2011 – 25 Overs Recap

The 1st Match of ICC Intercontinental Cup One-Day was scheduled at Belfast on July 4, 2011 between Ireland and Namibia.

The fixture started at 10:45 local time at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bat. Irish skipper William Porterfield and Paul Sterling opened the innings for the host team.

Louis Klazinga, 25-year old Namibian pacer, opened the bowling attack for the guest team.

Namibia was delighted to take out dangerous opener Sterling, after scoring 11 runs in the 4th over. This breakthrough was provided by the young Namibian pacer, Viljoen.

The 23-year-old Viljoen struck again in the 8th over and took out Alex Cusack, at the 1st delivery of the 7th over. Cusack only managed t add 11 runs to the Irish total.

Tension heightened in the Irish dressing room, when this deadly bowler took out skipper Porterfield, just after 3 deliveries. His dismissal was a huge blow to the Irish team which was consequently lingering at 43/3, just after the 8th over.

It was a slow game from the Irish batting side, until Wilson hit a boundary at the last delivery of the 13th over. O’Brian supported the fellow batsman and hit 2 boundaries in the subsequent over, taking the Irish total to 64.

Ireland’s middle order batsmen stuck to the crease preventing the loss of further wickets but the opponents also held the runs.

At the end of the 21st over, Irish team had scored 86 runs at the loss of 3 wickets. To curb the element of monotony, Stephen Baard took out Gary Wilson of Ireland at the 3rd delivery of 22nd over.

The talented right-handed batsman Gary, returned to the pavilion after scoring 15 runs. His dismissal left the host team at 88/4.

After the end of 22nd over, this score was highly insufficient, and the batsmen needed to play big shots.

Wicket-keeper Niall O’Brian tried to do the job for his team, but could only add singles and doubles per over to the team’s total.

Bowler Gary Snyman struck in the 25th over and took out Andrew White who had scored only a single run. The hosts were 5 wickets down at a total of 97 runs after playing half of their innings.

The apparently weak Namibian team had played well so far and remained successful in confining the opponent’s target to a humble figure. If the bowlers continue like this, they can restrict the Irish batsmen to a total, easily achievable by Namibian batting line-up.