Archive - Mar 2009 - Story
Zimbabwe wrapped up their Namibian tour with a 41-run victory in their final 50-over-a-side match at the Wanderers ground on Sunday. Zimbabwe staged a great comeback after crashing to 34 for 6, to recover and post a decent total of 189 all out. Zimbabwe’s bowlers then kept the pressure on Namibia by claiming regular wickets as Namibia tumbled to 148 all out to hand Zimbabwe a comfortable victory. The victory also completed a clean sweep for Zimbabwe, winning all four their matches on their Namibian tour.
Zimbabwe A beat Namibia by three wickets in their first 50-overs-a-side match at the Wanderers field on Saturday. After struggling at 50/5, JB Burger inspired a great comeback with a fine century to take Namibia to 235/9 at the end of their 50 overs. This was however not enough as Zimbabwe reached the winning target with an over to spare.
Defending champions Unam withstood some stiff opposition from Wanderers before running out 8-3 winners in a men’s Premier League match on Saturday. Siabonga Martins scored four goals and created several others, while Joseph Kashamako, Heini Swartbooi and Erwin Handura all gave good performances.
Wanderers however fought all the way, none more so than Riaan Kruger who tackled with lots of determination, while Ettienne de Villiers was sharp in attack.
Wanderers and DTS played to a one-all draw in a women’s Premier League indoor hockey match on Friday night.
Wanderers took an early lead when Madelyn Lessing scored from a short corner, but Silke Pennefather equalised for DTS from another short corner in the second half.
Wanderers had most of the possession in the first half, with Madelyn Lessing, Maike Prickett and Juane Louw putting in some strong attacks, while DTS keeper Maureen Isaacs brought off some fine saves.
Zimbabwe A beat Namibia by 41 runs in a 20/20 match at the Wanderers ground on Friday. Zimbabwe’s top order all got stuck in with Bothwell Chapungu scoring 20, Mark Vermeulen 29 and Cephas Zhuwawa 32.
Zimbabwean captain Timycen Maruma scored 18, Tendai Chisoro scored 13 and Trevor Garwe top scored with 33. Zimbabwe reached a formidable total of 185/9 off their 20 overs.
Namibia’s top bowlers were Louis Klazinga (2/30), Bernard Scholtz (2/26) and Andrew Louw (2/31).
Brave Warriors coach Tom Saintfiet has named a 20-man squad in preparation for a friendly match against Botswana in Keetmanshoop on Saturday, March 21. The match will form part of Namibia’s Independence Celebrations, and has been organised by the Namibia Sport Commission.
There has been a flurry of activity in the MTC Namibia Premier League with a host of players joining new clubs before the transfer window recently closed on March 6. There were not many big name players, with most of the transfers involving up and coming youngsters.
The defending league champions Orlando Pirates have signed up three new players in national defender Ivan Namaseb, who was previously with FC AK in South Africa, Black Africa midfielder Berries Rooi and Mighty Gunners striker Stanley Kamesiepo.
We have a full weekend’s sport ranging from soccer and hockey to squash and cricket.
In soccer, the first round proper of the Cell One MTC Cup takes place with 32 teams set to battle it out in matches scheduled for Windhoek, Otjiwarongo and Keetmanshoop.
A lot will be at stake as the winners of the competition will receive N$500 000, while the runners up will receive N$25 000 and the losing semifinalists N$100 000 each.
Zimbabwe A got their Namibian tour off to a great start as they comfortably beat a Namibian Invitation team by nine wickets at the Wanderers field on Thursday. After dismissing Namibia for only 179, Zimbabwe reached 183/1 off only 25 overs, with Timycen Maruma scoring a fine century.
After losing Bothwell Chapungu, caught behind off Louis Klazinga for 25, Maruma and Eric Chauluka took Zimbabwe to the winning target with an unbroken partnership of 138 runs.
Maruma reached his century off only 68 balls (12x4, 3x6), while Chauluka was not out on 51 off 49 balls.
Namibia’s Brave Warriors have dropped two places down to 115 in the world and 35 in Africa according to the latest FIFA rankings which were released on Wednesday. Namibia didn’t play any matches over the past month after a proposed friendly international match for February 14 failed to materialise. A local based Brave Warriors squad then played an Angolan club team Recreativo de Caala instead, but this match did not count as an international and subsequently did not influence Namibia’s position.