ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier: Namibia Under-19s v Papua New Guinea Under-19s – First Innings Report

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ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier: Namibia Under-19s v Papua New Guinea Under-19s – First Innings Report

Batting first, Namibia Under-19s have posted a fighting score of 232 against Papua New Guinea Under-19s in a match of ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifiers, played at the Hills Cricket Club, the Vineyard, Dublin, Republic of Ireland on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Although, the Namibian side got off to great start, they failed to capitalise on the situation. The game started after a short delay due to wet outfield. Since the track was expected to favour bowlers at the initial stage of the play, the PNG skipper, Christopher Kent, decided to field first after getting successful at the toss.

However, the Namibian openers, Wian van Vuuren and Justin Baard, ruined Kent’s dream to take wickets with the new ball. Both openers piled up 68 runs for the first-wicket-stand, steering their side to a strong position. At an individual score of 49, Baard was dismissed by Charles Amini.

Vuuren and the one-down position batsman, Merwe Erasmus, shared the good work for next few overs but both of them lost their wickets in quick succession. While Vuuren went back to the pavilion after adding 22, Erasmus could manage to contribute just seven runs.

After two quick wickets, the Namibian skipper, Stephen Baard and Jason Davidson consolidated the innings by collecting 44 and 23 respectively. Zhivago Groenewald was another batsman who chipped in with valuable 44-run-innings that eventually helped the side to cross 200-mark.

Although, most of the batsmen took fine start to their outing, none of them could able to turn it into a big knock. Later in the innings, Christopher Coombe tried his best to help his side set a massive target for the opposition by gathering unbeaten 33 but his effort did not prove to be enough. The Namibian side collapsed on 232, failing to make full advantage of the fantastic beginning.

From PNG bowling department, Amini led the party, grabbing three of 38. While Raymond Haoda and Toua Tom claimed two wickets apiece, Alei Nao, Kent and Albert Geita walked out of the park with a scalp each to their credit.

In order to start the tournament on a winning note, the PNG side requires 233 runs at a scoring rate of 4.66 per over.