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Eagles beat PNG after great comeback

THE Namibian Eagles pulled off a thrilling three-wicket win against PNG in their Cricket World Cup League 2 match at the Wanderers field on Wednesday.

After electing to bat, PNG posted a competitive total of 236 all out and then seemed to be on course for victory when they restricted Namibia to 6/109 halfway through their innings.

Namibian captain Gerhard Erasmus (71) and Ruben Trumpelmann (55 not out), however, led a gritty revival with a 76-run seventh wicket partnership, and with Pikky Ya France adding 23 not out at the end they reached 241/7 with two overs to spare.

PNG’s top order clicked for the first time on their Namibian tour as all their leading batsmen all got amongst the runs.

Tony Ura and Kiplin Doriga put on 104 runs for the first wicket before Ura was dismissed by Ruben Trumpelmann for 57 off 70 balls (8×4, 1×6). Doriga went on to score 50, while Sese Bau added 37 and Assad Vala 59 off 53 balls (5×4, 3×6), to put PNG in a commanding 224/5 with five overs to go.

Namibia’s pacemen Tangeni Lungameni and Ruben Trumpelmann however cleaned up the tail, with the final five wickets falling for only 12 runs as PNG were dismissed for 236.

Lungameni had great figures of 6/42 off nine overs, while Trumpelmann took 4/53 off 9,2 overs.

In reply, Namibia’s top-order batsmen could not get going as they regularly lost wickets.

Lohan Louwrens (2), Divan La Cock (10) and Michael van Lingen (16), Jan Frylinck (10) all went cheaply and when JJ Smit was dismissed for 6, Namibia were in deep trouble at 70/5.

Erasmus and Zane Green however led a revival before Green was out for 20, while Erasmus and Trumpelmann took the total to 185 before Erasmus was dismissed for 71 off 96 balls (7×4, 2×6).

The momentum had shifted to Namibia and Trumpelmann maintained the tempo, scoring 55 not out off 60 balls (2×4, 2×6), while Ya France added 23 not out as Namibia sealed a thrilling three-wicket win.

Trumpelmann won the player of the match award for his fine all-round performance.

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