19 September 2019
For Immediate Release
Namibia played their first game in the tri-nations series of the Cricket World Cup League 2 tournament against USA in Ford Lauderdale of which Namibia lost by 5 wickets.
The result was not what the Eagles expected after winning three out of four warm up games in South Africa and the T20I matches played against Botswana in Windhoek, Namibia.
The Eagles captain Gerhard Erasmus won the toss on a slow wicket and chose to bat first, a decision that worked in the favor of the home side whose spin trio of Steve Taylor (4/23), Karin Gore (2/15) and Timil Patel (2/25) made scoring very difficult for the Eagles.
Coach Pierre De Bruyn said that it was a disappointing result for the team as they were outplayed by USA. They restricted the Eagles and it would have been a good task to win but they just couldn’t get enough runs on the board.
“Our batters got a little bit defensive on a wicket that played difficult; there was a lot of turn and low bounce, so it was a tough wicket to score runs but we still have to stay positive and put the bad balls away”, commented De Bruyn. USA bowled well, they put us under pressure and we kept on loosing wickets at critical stages between the 11th and 30th overs”, he continued. Six wickets were lost at an important part of the innings, which made it difficult for the Eagles to recover.
“We had a good learning experience from that match especially on pitches that we are not familiar with but we need to bounce back on Friday against USA,” said De Bruyn. We are a team that bounces back a lot better when we are hurt. We need to be smart in our next game on the wicket that suits spinners. Credit to USA as they were very disciplined in their bowling, they had a lot of options in their spinning department and we have now obtained some good information for Friday’s game.”, he concluded.
This was not a great start for Namibia and the team must now react to this loss and get accustomed to the conditions. All the games in the tri-nations series will be live streamed from Ford Lauderdale, Florida and the link is available on Cricket Namibia Facebook page.
There is still hope for the Eagles to keep flying high.
|Namibia v USA||20 September 2019||15:45 p.m.|
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