Namibia comfortably beat Vanuatu by six wickets to remain at the top of the log a the ICC U19 World Cup qualifiers in Ireland on Friday.
Vanuatu won the toss and elected to bat but they struggled to get runs against some accurate bowling.
Christopher Coombe dismissed Vanuatu’s top three batsmen, while Stephen Baard dismissed Ronald Tari to leave Vanuatu struggling at 31/4.
Nalin Nipiko and Patrick Matautaava offered brief resistance with a 55-run partnership for the fifth wicket, before Matautaava was run out by Zhivago Groenewald for 35.
Tangeni Lungameni and Wian van Vuuren cut through the lower order to dismiss Vanuatu for a total of 125.
Coombe (3/20 in 8 overs) and Van Vuuren (3/27 in 10 overs) were Namibia’s best bowlers, while Lungameni took 2/21 in 10 overs.
Justin Baard and Wian van Vuuren put Namibia on course for victory with an opening partnership of 61 runs at more than six an over, before Baard was out for 37, while Van Vuuren scored 40.
Gerhard Erasmus (9) and Stephen Baard (8) were dismissed cheaply, but Jason Davidson (11 not out) and Gerhard Lotter (14 not out) took Namibia to victory after only 25,4 overs.
Wian van Vuuren won the Man of the Match award.
It was Namibia’s second consecutive victory which sees them remaining at the top of the log.
In other matches on Friday, Kenya beat Canada by 15 runs, Ireland beat Afghanistan by 4 runs, Scotland beat Nepal by 57 runs and Papua New Guinea beat USA by 6 runs.
Namibia now lead the log with four points and a net run rate of +2.117, followed by Kenya (4 points +1.682) and Ireland (4 points +0.077).
Scotland, Canada, Nepal and Papua New Guinea are all on two points while USA, Afghanistan and Vanuatu must still open their account.
Namibia’s next match is against the United States on Sunday, July 31.
Namibia’s scorecard against Vanuatu: