Eagles and Williams bow out in style

DESPITE failing to reach the final of the Global T20 tournament, Richelieu Namibian Eagles retired in style with a 21-point win over DP World Lions on Sunday.

Lions and Lahore Qalandars had already qualified for yesterday’s final, but on Sunday Namibia claimed their first victory of the tournament after a strong comeback to post 183/8 and then limit the Lions to 162 all out.

After being sent to bat by the Lions, Namibia got off to a slow start as they also lost several early wickets.

Michael van Lingen was out for a second-ball duck, Divan La Cock scored 13 and Nicol Loftie-Eaton 2, and when Zane Green was fired for 16 Namibia were struggling at 56/4 halfway through their sleeves.

Craig Williams, playing his final game for Namibia, led the recovery scoring 28 from 29 (4×4), before Gerhard Erasmus and Ruben Trumpelmann put Namibia in charge with a great partnership.

They added 78 runs on just 41 balls, with Trumpelmann smashing in 49 on 20 balls (2×4, 5×6), while Erasmus didn’t go out on 63 on 35 balls (2×4, 5×6).

At the end of the 20 overs, Namibia were well placed at 183/8, having added 124 runs from their last 10 overs.

Erasmus gave Namibia a good start with two wickets in two balls, dismissing Cameron Delport and Dominic Hendricks for ducks, but Reeza Hendricks (55 from 37 balls, 7×4, 1×6) and Mitchell van Buuren (20) led their raise .

The Namibian bowlers, however, held them back and after 12 overs they were struggling at 81/5.

Further down the order, Wandile Makwetu added 19, Connor Esterhuizen 30 off 14 balls (4×4, 1×6) and Malusi Siboto 24 off 13 balls (3×4, 1×6), but the total was still out of reach, while Williams provided a fairy. -tale ending when he kicked Ayavuya Myoli for a duck on the last ball of the game.

Williams, who represented Namibia for 15 years, scoring over 10,000 runs and taking over 250 wickets in all game formats, said it was always special to play for his country.

“Every time I play for the country it’s a great feeling and a great experience so today is a special day. I still have a chance to play with the boys and get a win for the country, so there are a lot of emotions but I feel good,” he said after the game.

“When my first ball was hit for a six, I thought I might get hit for six sixes in a row, but I just knew I had to land that last ball, and I guess that was how it was. it had to happen, with a fairy tale ending.”

Reflecting on his career, Williams said he had been blessed.

“I’m very privileged and very lucky to have had such a long career, you know, injuries haven’t bothered me, so I’m just grateful to have been able to play so much. I’m just grateful to have been accepted in the team even at such an old age and the last three years have been super special to be able to join the guys and obviously help build something special for the next generation of guys to come now,” he said.

Namibia now travel to Papua New Guinea this weekend to compete in the Cricket World Cup 2 50 competition against hosts PNG and the United States.

After that, the team will depart for Australia to start preparing for the T20 Cricket World Cup from October 16 to November 13.

Williams, meanwhile, said his teammates had the ability to do well.

“They’re a really good team – the team have been together for two or three years now and we have some exciting young players coming on. It’s a World Cup so the guys have to go out there and have fun and have fun. There are obviously a lot of nerfs, but there are a few names to watch, these guys train and work extremely hard so watch this space, hopefully there will be some upheavals.

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