WINDHOEK: An outstanding five-wicket haul by Stefan Tait helped the South Africa Emerging Men’s team level their three-match, one-day series, 1-1 against Namibia with a 57-run win in Windhoek on Thursday.
The left-arm paceman grabbed five for 27 and received strong support from Delano Potgieter (2/23) and Dayyaan Galiem (2/44) as the tourists put aside a poor showing with the bat to defend 197.
This after their batsmen struggled to go big at the Wanderers where Jason Smith’s 30 proved to be the top score after they lost the toss and were put in to bat first.
The top five all managed double figures, led by opener Matthew Breetzke’s 29, but along with Joshua Richards (16), Grant Roelofsen (17), Kabelo Sekhukhune (20) and captain Sinethemba Qeshile (19), none of them managed to kick on.
That poor start left the South Africans on 106 for five just after the halfway stage before Smith’s effort, together with those of Potgieter (22) and Galiem (18) took them closer to 200 when they were eventually bowled out for a below-par 196 in 45.5 overs.
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton ended as the pick of the Namibian bowlers with three for 37.
The hosts began the chase brightly, with Stephan Baard (37) and Zane Green (14) putting in 54 for the opening wicket inside the first nine overs. From there on however, it was the touring bowlers who dominated.
Galiem grabbed the initial breakthrough by dismissing match top-scorer Baard before JP Kotze (8) fell to Potgieter.
After Green was run out by Roelofsen, Tait made a mess of the stumps of Gerhard Erasmus (4), Craig Williams (3) and Loftie-Eaton (0) – bowling all of them out – while Potgieter accounted for Jan Frylinck (1) as Namibia slumped to 80 for seven.
JJ Smit (24) and Ruben Trumpelmann (28) added some respectability to the scorecard but, even though their side was well ahead of the run-rate, they succumbed for 139 in 30.4 overs.
This means that the series is now square at 1-1, with the decider to come on Saturday.
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
Friday, 23 April
1st T20 – Namibia lost to SA Emerging Men by 5 wickets – Wanderers
Saturday, 24 April
2nd T20 – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 5 wickets – Wanderers
Sunday, 25 April
3rd T20 – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 91 runs – Wanderers
Tuesday, 27 April
1st OD – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 5 wickets – Wanderers
Thursday, 29 April
2nd OD – Namibia lost to SA Emerging Men by 57 runs – Wanderers
Saturday, 01 May at 10:00 SAST
3rd OD – Namibia v SA Emerging Men – Wanderers