THE Namibian attack took full advantage of skipper Raymond van Schoor’s decision to field first, routing home team Eastern Province for 88 on the opening day of their CSA Provincial three-day cricket match at Union yesterday.
It was not an easy day for the batsmen because the visitors slid to 39/4 in reply before holding on to reach 72/4 at the close.
The match got off to a late start as, after some rain this week, the pitch still needed attention at the scheduled 10am beginning. That may have influenced Van Schoor’s decision and the visitors swiftly grabbed the initiative by removing Michael Price, Eddie Moore and Jon-Jon Smuts by the time the total had reached 21.
Gradually, however, skipper Colin Ackermann (20) and James Price (31) hauled EP out of trouble in a fourth-wicket stand of 49, before Namibia struck again in devastating style, removing the last seven batsmen for just 18 runs.
It may not have been the easiest batting pitch, but some EP players will surely reflect on their dismissals and wonder how they could have yielded their wickets so easily.
At one stage, the score was stuck on 83 as four wickets fell and there was nobody capable of effecting a recovery.
Credit must go to the Namibian attack because they maintained good discipline, always testing the EP batsmen and taking all the chances that came their way.
Leftarm spinner Bernard Scholtz teased the batsmen with his flight and ended with excellent figures of 3/16 in nearly 10 overs, while seamers Brendon Viret (3/16) and Jason Davidson (2/19) never released the pressure.