Namibia beats Italy in last-ball thriller

Wed, Nov 20, 2013 8:33 AM

Namibia pulled off a last-ball win against Italy in its Group A match played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday(November 19).

Batting first, Italy’s top four batsmen were dismissed with only 27 runs on the board till Carl Sandri, the right-hand batsman, rescued the innings with a 30-ball 31, combining with Michael G Raso for a 39-run stand. Raso then collaborated with Alessandro Bonora for an unbroken 55-run stand, helping Italy reach a modest total of 121 for 6 in 20 overs.

In reply, Namibia lost Christoffel Viljoen and Stephan Baard early. Louis Petrus van der Westhuizen (41) and Craig Williams then picked up the chase with a 66-run stand in 10.3 overs, Williams leading the way with a 51-ball 57.

Italy jolted Namibia’s progress with regular strikes but despite seven batsmen struggling to get into double figures, Namibia managed to score the required nine runs in the last over, the winning runs coming off the last ball.

Williams was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Having registered its second win in four matches, Williams admitted that his team needed to carry the momentum forward in the upcoming matches. “It is good for us, we did well to win our last match and that has turned the luck a bit and it is good to follow up with another win today, hopefully we keep up with the momentum now in upcoming matches,” he said.

Namibia, now fourth on the Group A table, will next play Hong Kong on Wednesday. “Hong Kong is a good side but we started the tournament playing against UAE and Ireland so we already have had strong competition. I feel we are getting better and better, so it is good to run into them tomorrow as we have built bit of momentum and hopefully we can pull off a win again,” added Williams.

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