WINDHOEK: A big performance with the bat ensured Namibia won the decisive third match of the Twenty20 series against the South Africa Emerging Men’s team to clinch a comfortable 91-run victory at the Wanderers in Windhoek on Sunday.
Zane Green (63 off 38 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes) led the way with a flying half-century, while there were also swashbuckling efforts by Gerhard Erasmus (39 off 27 balls), JP Kotze (28 off 20 balls), JJ Smit (37 off 15 balls and Jan Frylinck (22* off 8 balls) that powered the hosts to a massive 230 for six.
The visitors fell into trouble early in the reply and never recovered, they were eventually bowled out for 139 in 16.2 overs.
The result handed the Namibians a 2-1 series victory, with the one-day leg of the tour set to begin on Tuesday.
The final match was undoubtedly set up by their exceptional performance with the bat. Opener Green led the way by putting on 59 for the first wicket alongside Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (12) in just over six overs.
Another 59 between Kotze and captain Erasmus followed for the third wicket with Smit, who scored a bludgeoning century to level the series the day before, and Frylinck then providing a booming finish.
By the time they finished, the home side clubbed 15 sixes in total. Jason Smith ended as the pick of the bowlers with two for 43.
South Africa lost six for 59 at the start, which all but ended their chances before the 10th over was done.
Smith (35) and Dayyaan Galiem (34) tried their best to attack, but their 54-run partnership hardly threatened the target.
In the end, the tourists fell short as Van Lingen (2/6), Loftie-Eaton (2/8), Frylinck (2/11) and Mauritius Ngupita (2/27) all ended with two wickets each.
South Africa Emerging Men’s squad: Stefan Tait, Thando Ntini, Grant Roelofsen, Joshua Richards, Jonathan Bird, Jason Smith, Tshepo Ntuli, Kabelo Sekhukhune, Lifa Ntanzi, Matthew Breetzke, Dayyaan Galiem, Bryce Parsons, Sinethemba Qeshile, Wandile Makwetu, Gregory Mahlokwana, Delano Potgieter.
Support Staff: Malibongwe Maketa (Head Coach), Imraan Khan (Assistant Coach), Piet Botha (Bowling Coach), Brent Gerard Martin (Physiotherapist), Nandile Nelson Tyali (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Kyle Southgate (Video Analyst).
Schedule: South Africa Emerging Men’s Tour to Namibia
Sunday, 25 April
3rd T20 – Namibia beat SA SA Emerging Men by 91 runs – Wanderers
Tuesday, 27 April at 10:00 SAST
1st OD – Namibia v SA Emerging Men – Wanderers
Thursday, 29 April at 10:00 SAST
2nd OD – Namibia v SA Emerging Men – Wanderers
Saturday, 01 May at 10:00 SAST
3rd OD – Namibia v SA Emerging Men – Wanderers