Namibia thrashed Scotland by four wickets in a group two match of the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup on Wednesday as left-arm fast bowlers Ruben Trumpelman and Jane Frylink bowled swashbuckling bowling. Scotland’s team could only manage 109 for eight in front of the sharp bowling of Trumpelman (3 for 17) and Frylink (2 for 10), who took three wickets in the first over. This is the best performance of Trumpman’s career, playing the sixth match. For Scotland, Michael Leask was the top scorer with 44 runs. Apart from them, only Chris Greaves (25) and opener Matthew Cross (19) could reach double digits.
In reply, Namibia registered a win at 115 for six with five balls to spare thanks to the innings of JJ Smit (32 not out off 23 balls, two sixes and two fours) and opener Craig Williams (23). Michael Van Lingen (18) and Williams got off to a good start by adding 28 runs for the first wicket. Van Lingen hit Josh Davy for two consecutive fours but Safyaan Sharif got him caught by Richie Berrington. Namibia scored 29 runs for one wicket in the power play. Williams and James Green (09) then took the innings forward. Green hit a four off Chris Greaves while Williams hit Mark Watt for the first six of the innings to complete the team’s half-century in the ninth over. Greaves gave the second blow to Namibia by catching Green at the hands of Munsey.
Lisk (2 for 12) then bowled captain Gerhard Erasmus (04) while Watt stumped Williams to make Namibia 67 for four. Smit and David Wiese (16) then took the lead. Namibia needed 35 runs to win from the last six overs. After Smit hit Sharif for a boundary, Greaves delivered the ball to the audience. Visi also hit a six on the list but became the victim of this bowler. Namibia needed seven runs from the last two overs. Smit equalized the score with a four on Bradley Wheel and then on the next ball, Frylink (02) returned to the pavilion. Smit gave the team victory by hitting a six on Sharif in the first ball of the last over.
Earlier, Namibian captain Gerhard Erasmus won the toss and elected to bowl first and the player of the match Trumpelman proved this decision right by taking three wickets in the first over itself. George Munsey (00) played Trumpleman’s first ball of the match on the wickets while Callum McLeod (00) caught the third ball at the hands of wicketkeeper Jane Green. Trumpelman, who was in fine form on the next ball, took caretaker captain Richie Berrington (0) lbw to make Scotland two for three. This is only the second time in T20 International cricket that a bowler has taken three wickets in the first over. Earlier in June 2019, Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka did this feat against West Indies.
Cross hit Trumpleman for the first four of the innings in the fifth over but experienced David Wiese (1 for 22) lbw Craig Wallace (04) in the next over. Scotland’s team could only manage 22 runs for four wickets in the power play. Lisk added 14 runs in the 11th over with two fours on Wisi, fours and sixes off successive deliveries from Michael Van Lingen to take the team’s score past 50. Frylink gave Scotland the fifth blow by bowling a cross in the next over. Cross hit a boundary in his 33-ball innings. Lisk hit his second six off JJ Smit (1 for 20) while Greaves hit fours off Bernard Scholtz and Trumpelman.
Smit gave a big blow to Scotland by bowling Lisk. He faced 27 balls and hit four fours and two sixes. Scotland’s century of runs was completed in the 19th over, but in the same over, Frylink dismissed Mark Watts (03) while Lisc was run out in the final over. Scotland’s regular captain Kyle Coetzer missed the match due to a finger injury, after which Berrington took over the captaincy.