Namibia men’s national squad got their 2020 season underway with a tough overseas tour of South Africa, where they played a series of five T20 matches and two 50-overs matches against Ireland Wolves squad from Feb 21st – 28th, 2020. While Ireland Wolves were the runaway winners in the T20 series, Namibia got back to winning ways by claiming the 50-overs leg of the tour with wins in both the matches.
The series provided Namibia players the opportunity to get back to action in the middle in white-ball cricket, as they prepare themselves to host the visiting Netherlands squad in Mar/Apr 2020. The likes of Niko Davin, Nicole Loftie-Eaton, Karl Birkenstock, Jan-Izak de Villiers and Ruben Trumpelmann got the chance to impress the coaching staff ahead of the big home season. Captain Gerhard Erasmus and Criag Williams were the standout performers throughout the T20 and 50-overs matches.
Namibia came back to playing in South Africa after sometime as they pulled out of playing in the CSA provincial season due to financial constraints. Ireland Wolves squad will play a T20 game against Northerns Academy to conclude their tour on 29th Feb 2020. The Wolves support staff were forced to play Academy players James Cameron Dow and Mike Frost as some of the squad members were taken ill during the tour.
Ireland Wolves/Namibia tour of South Africa Match Results (T20s)
1st T20: Ireland Wolves 177/6 in 20 overs (Harry Tector 75 n.o, Gareth Delany 24, Shane Getkate 18 n.o, Stuart Thompson 18, Ruben Trumpelmann 2/21, Bernard Scholtz 1/18, Jan Frylinck 1/23) lost to Namibia 178/7 in 19.4 overs (Gerhard Erasmus 63, Nicole Loftie-Eaton 40, Craig Williams 20, Criag Young 2/20, Tyrone Kane 2/22, Josh Little 1/27) by 3 wickets
2nd T20: Ireland Wolves 170/7 in 20 overs (Gareth Delany 69, Stephen Doheny 63 n.o, Ruben Trumpelmann 2/25, Criag Williams 2/25, Gerhard Erasmus 1/23, Jan Frylinck 1/24) beat Namibia 147/9 in 20 overs (Gerhard Erasmus 43, Criag Williams 28, Nicole Loftie-Eaton 19, Tyrone Kane 2/23, Shane Getkate 2/31, Jacob Mulder 1/29) by 23 runs
3rd T20: Ireland Wolves 196/5 in 20 overs (Stephen Doheny 58, Curtis Campher 45, Gareth Delany 38, Harry Tector 17 n.o, Criag Williams 3/29, Ruben Trumpelmann 1/38) beat Namibia 147/8 in 20 overs (Criag Williams 59 n.o, Nicole Loftie-Eaton 22, Jacob Mulder 3/23, Shane Getkate 2/33, Josh Little 1/18, Gareth Delany 1/11) by 49 runs
4th T20: Namibia 206/5 in 20 overs (Niko Davin 73, Karl Birkenstock 69, Gerhard Erasmus 19 n.o, Jacob Mulder 1/32, Gareth Delany 1/34) lost to Ireland Wolves 207/3 in 19 overs (Curtis Campher 62 n.o, Neil Rock 58 n.o, Stephen Doheny 37, Tyrone Kane 36, Craig Williams 2/49, Jan-Izak de Villiers 1/32) by 7 wickets
5th T20: Namibia 182/5 in 20 overs (Criag Williams 60 n.o, Zane Green 44, Niko Davin 38) lost to Ireland Wolves 185/3 in 18.1 overs (Harry Tector 91, Gareth Delany 58 n.o, Lorcan Tucker 18 n.o, Bernard Scholtz 1/13, Ben Shikongo 1/18) by 7 wickets
Ireland Wolves/Namibia tour of South Africa Match Results (50-overs)
1st Match: Ireland Wolves 228/8 in 50 overs (George Dockrell 55, Curtis Campher 54, Harry Tector 31, James McCollum 27, Craig Williams 2/15, Ben Shikongo 2/36, Ruben Trumpelmann 1/39) lost to Namibia 232/3 in 40 overs (Niko Davin 63, Stephen Baard 56, Gerhard Erasmus 42 n.o, Craig Williams 36 n.o, Josh Little 1/13, Shane Getkate 1/23) by 7 wickets
2nd Match: Ireland Wolves 149 all out in 39.5 overs (Harry Tector 72, Bernard Scholtz 3/25, Tangeni Lungameni 2/14, Craig Williams 1/8, Gerhard Erasmus 1/9) lost to Namibia 150/3 in 26.1 overs (Gerhard Erasmus 63 n.o, Niko Davin 53, Tyrone Kane 1/11, Josh Little 1/22) by 7 wickets