Kyle Coetzer hits century but Scotland fall to Namibia

Richie Berrington and century-maker Kyle Coetzer go on the Scots attack at Portgower Place. Pic: Donald MacLeod
Richie Berrington and century-maker Kyle Coetzer go on the Scots attack at Portgower Place. Pic: Donald MacLeod
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Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer hit a century, but his side lost the second World Cricket League encounter with Namibia in the Capital yesterday.

The Scots had won the first match between the sides at Portgower Place which had started on Sunday and ended on Monday, but in this clash in Stockbridge an attacking batting display helped Namibia to win by 50 runs.

Coetzer said: “I thought that Namibia batted really well early on and that put us on the back foot.

“We tried to claw things back, but we thought the total they scored was perhaps 40 runs or so more than we would have hoped.

“With the bat we were always just behind the run rate and had to try and force things, but we are excited ahead of the upcoming Zimbabwe games.”

Namibia got off to a cracking start, openers Stephan Baard and Zane Green getting into the groove early.

Baard in particularly was timing the ball very well and he reached his 50 in just the 11th over.

When he was out in the 19th over, caught behind by wicketkeeper Matt Cross off the bowling of Safyaan Sharif, he had plundered 78 from 53 balls including 12 fours.

That set his team up nicely and by the 25th over they were on 150-1 and very well placed to go on and put a big total on the board.

Heriot’s spinner Mark Watt then gave Scotland a boost by taking two wickets in quick succession.

Bowling from the pavilion end he got Green out LBW for a well made 61 and the bowled Gerhard Erasmus for 27.

That left Namibia on 188-3 in the 31st over.

Jan Frylinck and Craig Williams then came together and put together a neat 50 partnership to put Namibia on 238-3 after 40 overs.

In the 44th over Chris Sole put in some great work off his own bowling to run out Frylinck for 42.

Two overs later Carlton skipper Ali Evans got reward for his hard work with the wicket of Christi Viljoen for 13 LBW.

Williams continued on his merry way and finished on 69 not out, leading Namibia to a very decent looking total of 324-5 from 50 overs.

Scotland opened up with Cross and Coetzer and they progressed nicely to 42 after seven overs until Viljoen struck a double blow.

With his first ball of the match from the nursery end he had Cross caught for 21 and then two balls later Calum MacLeod was out for a duck, caught by Tangeni Lungameni.

That left them 42-2, but by drinks after 17 overs Coetzer and Richie Berrington, who had scored a century in game one, had taken the score to 99-2.

Coetzer’s 50 came up in the next over from 53 balls and in the 26th over Berrington also made it to his half century off 61 balls.

By the end of that over Scotland were 144-2 and well placed in the run chase.

After 29 overs there was a short rain delay and, after the players returned to the field, Berrington was trapped LBW for 61.

Things got worse three overs later when Preston Mommsen was caught in the deep for three to leave things on 167-4.

Con de Lange then fell for 12 before Coetzer brought up his century in the 40th over, leaving the Scots needing 114 off the last 10 overs.

When Craig Wallace and Coetzer then fell, the latter for 112, Scotland’s chances had all but gone.

In the end Scotland finished on 274-9 from 50 overs.

The Scots now move onto two ODIs with Zimbabwe at the same ground on Thursday and Saturday.