The South Africa Emerging Squad got their T20 quadrangular tournament campaign off to a good start when they beat Namibia by seven wickets with an over to spare on Saturday.
The match was a tale of two innings with Louis van der Westhuizen making 63 off 45 balls with seven fours and three sixes for the home side and fellow left-hander Cameron Delport replying in kind for the South Africans with 69 off 40 balls with eight fours and two sixes.
In spite of losing two wickets in the first eight overs the South Africans always had the runs chase in hand and never allowed it to get much above eight to the over. Delport and Yaseen Vallie put on 50 for the third wicket in six overs and the captain, Jean Symes, then underlined his reputation as a good finisher by contributing an unbeaten 27 off 17 balls with two fours and two sixes to finish the job.
What will have disappointed the South Africans was the lack of discipline in their bowling efforts with 16 extra balls having to be delivered as a result of wides and no balls.
Beuran Hendricks had the best figures of 3/36 in his four overs while Andrew Birch was the most economical, taking 1/27 in four.
In the tournament’s other match on Saturday Kenya beat the Netherlands by seven wickets with plenty of overs in hand.