Gerhard Erasmus's century helps lead Namibia to victory
A century by captain Gerhard Erasmus helped Namibia go 1-0 up in their three-match one-day series against the South Africa Emerging Men’s team with a comfortable five-wicket win in Windhoek on Tuesday.
The home skipper recorded an attacking 108 (95 balls, 10 fours, 4 sixes) to help his team make light work of a 245-run victory target as they won with 31 balls to spare.
Namibia 245/5 (44.5 ov)
South Africa Emerging 244/10 (50 ov)
Namibia won by 5 wickets
It was a disappointing defeat for the tourists, who have now lost the last three matches of the tour having initially gone 1-0 up in the T20 series that they eventually lost 2-1 on Sunday.
They were asked to bat first in this latest outing after losing the toss at the Wanderers, and, after losing Matthew Breetzke (1) early, Joshua Richards (42) and Kabelo Sekhukhune (23) put on 50 for the second wicket in what was a relatively solid start.
Jonathan Bird (22) helped continue the momentum, before a flurry of wickets lead to them slipping from 91 for two to 99 for five.
The loss of Jason Smith (11) left South Africa in further trouble at 131 for six, before Delano Potgieter struck 56 off 58 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes) in a partnership of 73 with Wandile Makwetu (47) that helped Malibongwe Maketa’s side recover.
Dayyaan Galiem (20) tried his best late on, but he ran out of support – the SA Emerging team all out with their final ball of the innings.
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton ended as the pick of the bowlers with three for 29.
The tourists claimed three wickets within 14 overs of the chase starting to leave the score on 67 for three. Smith (2/57), Stefan Tait (1/14) and a Tshepo Ntuli run-out were responsible for those early strikes.
But Erasmus and Craig Williams (47) put on a powerful 123 for the fourth wicket to deflate their opponents, with JJ Smit (14*) then helping take the Namibians over the line with more than five overs to spare.
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 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