Namibiaâ??s progress in the SAA Cup competition came to a sudden halt when Northerns beat them by 133 runs in Windhoek on Sunday.
Had Namibia won the match they would have progressed to the semifinals in their first season in the competition, but the moment was too big and they succumbed under the pressure.
Northerns batted first and scored a competitive 261 runs in their 45 overs. Opener Maurice Aronstam continued his fine form of late and seemed to be heading for his second successive century when he was bowled by Louis Burger for 95 runs.
Aronstam was ably assisted by Northerns captain Pierre Joubert who scored 87 not out.
Namibia lose early wickets
Namibiaâ??s innings disastrously when they lost their first three batsmen, JB Burger, Dawid Botha and Louis Burger with only 15 runs on the board.
When Tatenda Taibu was run out for 6 after a direct hit, Namibia crashed to 22/4 and their hopes of winning the game were effectively over.
Gerrie Snyman and Deon Kotze added 35 runs for the fifth wicket before Kotze was caught and when Henno Prinsloo was out LBW for two, Namibia were struggling at 64/6.
Bjorn Kotze joined Snyman and the two added 51 runs for the seventh wicket before Snyman was out, caught in the covers for 62 runs.
Kotze soon followed for 20,while Kola Burger and Louis Klazinga were both dismissed for ducks. Nicolaas Scholtz was not out on 10 as Namibia was all out for 128 runs.
The defeat brings to an end Namibiaâ??s participation in the 2006/07 South African provincial competition, and they can feel proud of their achievements in their debut season. Although they failed to reach the semifinals, they made a fine impression, winning five of their eight matches, with their only losses coming against Gauteng, North West and Northerns.