Scotland fought back well after losing three wickets for two runs at the start of the match and took the game to the final over of Namibia’s innings, but JJ Smit ensured that the Eagles got across the line with four wickets and five balls to spare.
Namibia approached their chase with caution and, apart from a mini-collapse in the middle over, were in control of the chase throughout.
Earlier, Namibia bowled splendidly at either end of the innings to restrict Scotland to a below-par total of 109/8. Scotland suffered an early setback as Ruben Trumpelmann’s triple-strike in the first over pegged them back.
Only Matthew Cross, Michael Leask and Chris Greaves reached double-digits for Scotland, with Leask leading the way in the middle-overs with a 27-ball 44.
Namibia continued to stifle Scotland with their left-arm pace and it wasn’t until the fourth over that they scored their first boundary of the innings.
However, they sunk further with Wiese snaring the wicket of Craig Wallace as Scotland finished the Powerplay on 22/4.
Michael Leask and Matthew Cross batted smartly to steady the ship, though boundaries were hard to come by, given their cautious approach. Leask scored two boundaries out of Scotland’s three in the first 10 overs, taking on Wiese both times.
After the drinks break, Leask took the attack to Michael van Lingen, smashing him for a four and six. The 39-run partnership finally came to an end, with Frylinck cleaning up Cross with the slower ball.
However, Namibia bowled brilliantly at the death, starting with JJ Smit rattling the stumps of the dangerous Leask for 44. Mark Watt’s innings didn’t last long, holing out to captain Erasmus at long-on in the bid to up the scoring rate.
Chasing 110, Namibia chose to go with caution over aggression, choosing to take the game deep with wickets in hand.
In fact, it wasn’t until the fifth over of the innings that Namibia scored their first boundary off the bat, with Michael van Lingen breaking the shackles with two consecutive fours.
However, he fell in the next over trying to pull Safyaan Sharif over mid-wicket, only to find the leading edge to Berrington at cover.