Proteas win again, Aussies in trouble
The Proteas Veterans made it three wins from three on Thursday with a comfortable 10-wicket victory over Namibia at Rondebosch Sports Club.
In a game which only got underway four hours late and shortened to 27 overs due to rain, Namibia batted first and were in trouble from the get-go, with Kaiser Gantsho (6-1-11-2) and Bruce Wilson (5-0-28-2) the pick of the bowlers.
The opening pair of Louis Koen (58 off 43) and Brandon Nash (54 off 45) then set about the target of 119 with some gusto, reaching it in just the 15th over without losing a wicket.
Pre-tournament favourites Australia lost their third game in a row, this time a nailbiter against New Zealand at Claremont Cricket Club. The Aussies could only muster 160/7 off their 43 overs thanks to Tony Clark’s unbeaten 57, and they had the Kiwis in trouble at 66/5. However, Adil Somani hit 64 before the tail held its nerve to get over the line with three balls remaining.
At Rylands Cricket Club, India made light work of Wales, cruising to a nine-wicket win after dismissing the Welsh for just 45. Pawan Malik was the chief destroyer with 5/14 before India reached the target with just one wicket down and 36 overs to spare.
The USA followed up their shock win against Australia with another success, this time against neighbours Canada at Western Province Cricket Club. Canada batted first and could only post 111, with Himanshu Patadia picking up 4/22. Rafay Kazi’s 37 at the top of the order meant there was to be no upset as they eased to a four-wicket win.
Previously unbeaten Sri Lanka were brought down to earth at Pinelands Cricket Club, with the West Indies very impressive in their six-wicket win. Sri Lanka posted 159/5 off 30 overs thanks to Senarath Seneviratne’s unbeaten 40 off just 20 deliveries, but the Windies reaches the target with seven balls to spare - Ishwar Maraj and Sunil Dhaniram both scoring 37.