Cricket Namibia is currently in the middle of the 2023 Castle Lite Series between The Richelieu Eagles and the Karnataka State Cricket Association in five 50 Over games taking place at United, in the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek.
Karnataka won the first game of the series with a convincing 9-wicket victory over the home team. In the chilly morning at United Field, Karnataka won the toss and decided to bowl first. Jan Frylinck, one of Namibia’s top all-rounders, returned from injury and, along with Gerhard Erasmus, the team’s captain, posted a score of 171; however, the seasoned Indian bowling unit dismissed the Namibians in 41 overs. Karnataka captain, Samarth’s 78 (100) and Nikin Jose’s 56 (77) not-out innings helped Karnataka chase down 171 in just 35 overs.
The second game of the series was rather a thrilling game, the Richelieu Eagles made history at the United Sports Club chasing the highest total at the venue.
With the toss in their favor, the Richelieu Eagles decided to bowl first to get the day off to a good start. The top order batters for Namibia gave it their all at the plate, forming two significant partnerships during the match. Niko Davin and Stephen Baard with a 119-partnership, followed by Gerhard Erasmus and Michael van Lingen have a 188-partnership.
Van Lingen, the game’s Player of the Match, played excellent cricket and scored 104(85). The captain, Erasmus, supported him with 91(67) of brilliant batting, Niko Davin 70(62) and Stephen Baard 57(68).
Three more games remain in the tournament with a tie for both teams. For cricket fans around the world, the remaining matches in the Castle Lite Series promise to be an exciting event. Fans will have a convenient way to keep up with all the action as the games will be made available and accessible to the general public on www.oneafrica.com.na/sportsonone/cricket/ and on Fancode.
First game, 2nd June
Richelieu Eagles: 171/10 after 41 overs
Karnataka: 172/1 after 35 overs
Second game, 4th June
Karnataka: 360/4 after 50 overs
Richelieu Eagles: 362/5 after 49 overs
Wednesday – 7 June – 09h30 local time
Friday – 9 June – 09h30 local time
Sunday – 11 June – 09h30 local time