NAM beat IRE Highlights T20 World Cup: Jan Frylinck, Gerhard Erasmus shine as Namibia thrash Ireland by 8 wickets to qualify for Super 12

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NAM beat IRE Highlights T20 World Cup: Jan Frylinck, Gerhard Erasmus shine as Namibia thrash Ireland by 8 wickets to qualify for Super 12 – Riding on super bowling performance by Jan Frylinck followed by outstanding fifty by captain Gerhard Erasmus Namibia thrashed Ireland by 8 wickets in their last Group A match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on Friday. With this win, Namibia has qualified for the Super 12 stage of the manga event.

Namibia’s top order adopted a patient strategy in reply to Ireland’s 125/8, with a place in the Super 12 on the line in the winner-takes-all Group A match in Sharjah. Zane Green 19(25) and Gerhard Erasmus 12(19) helped Namibia to 49/1 after ten overs, with danger-man Craig Williams the only wicket to fall.

It was Curtis Campher who dismissed Williams for 15, but much of the credit for the wicket went to Kevin O’Brien in the field, who pulled off a blinding catch at mid-on. Ireland’s hopes of restricting Namibia were hit with a double blow after they mistakenly opted against an LBW review off Mark Adair’s bowling, with replays showing it was plumb in front.

And Adair suffered a side strain in the same over and was forced to leave the field of play after sending down just ten deliveries, leaving Ireland short of bowling options.

Earlier Paul Stirling and O’Brien had got Ireland’s innings off a stunning start, but the pair fell in quick succession to slow the rate as the Irish reached 71 after ten overs, with eight wickets in hand. It was Stirling who led the charge early on, registering six boundaries inside the first six overs as Ireland managed the highest powerplay tally of the tournament so far, reaching 55 without loss during that early period.

But Stirling’s big-hitting approach came to a disappointing end when he lofted a catch to Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton in the deep off the bowling of Bernard Scholtz, falling for 38 off 23 balls. And Jan Frylinck continued Namibia’s recovery in the ninth over, tempting O’Brien into a risky shot, with Michael van Lingen taking the catch in the deep.

The early flurry of runs seemingly justified Ireland’s decision to bat first after winning the toss in Sharjah. But the departure of the two openers proved the start of the unravelling for Ireland, with captain Andy Balbirnie the only other batter to register a score of note – a slow 21 off 28 balls.

It was Frylinck and Wiese who did the damage with the ball in Namibia’s recovery, taking five wickets between them as they hauled Ireland’s innings back under control, restricting them to 125 off the 20 overs.

In total Ireland managed just 70 runs in the 14 overs after the powerplay at a scoring rate of just five-an-over. Both teams began the 11th match of the tournament knowing that a win would see them progress to the Super 12s, almost certainly as runners-up in Group A behind Sri Lanka.

Ireland Innings 125/8 (20 ov)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Paul Stirling (C) c Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton b Bernard Scholtz 38 24 5 1 158.33
Kevin O’Brien c M van Lingen b Jan Frylinck 25 24 2 0 104.17
Andy Balbirnie lbw b Jan Frylinck 21 28 2 0 75.00
Gareth Delany b D Wiese 9 18 0 0 50.00
Curtis Campher b Jan Frylinck 4 5 0 0 80.00
Harry Tector c Zane Green b D Wiese 8 6 1 0 133.33
Neil Rock (WK) b Jonathan Smit 5 5 0 0 100.00
Mark Adair runout (D Wiese) 5 5 0 0 100.00
Simi Singh Not out 5 4 0 0 125.00
Craig Young Not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
Extra 4 (b 0, w 3, nb 0, lb 1)
Total 125/8 (20)
Yet To Bat J Little
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Ruben Trumpelmann 3 0 18 0 6.00
David Wiese 4 0 22 2 5.50
Jonathan Smit 4 0 27 1 6.75
Bernard Scholtz 3 0 25 1 8.33
Jan Frylinck 4 0 21 3 5.25
Pikky Ya France 2 0 11 0 5.50
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
PR Stirling 1-62 7.2
KJ O’Brien 2-67 8.4
Gareth Delany 3-94 14.2
A Balbirnie 4-101 16.1
Curtis Campher 5-104 16.6
H Tector 6-110 17.4
N Rock 7-116 18.4
MR Adair 8-121 19.4
Namibia Innings 126/2 (18.3 ov)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Craig Williams c KJ O’Brien b Curtis Campher 15 16 3 0 93.75
Zane Green (WK) c KJ O’Brien b Curtis Campher 24 32 1 0 75.00
Gerhard Erasmus (C) Not out 53 49 3 1 108.16
David Wiese Not out 28 14 1 2 200.00
Extra 6 (b 1, w 4, nb 0, lb 1)
Total 126/2 (18.3)
Yet To Bat M van LingenJonathan SmitJan FrylinckPikky Ya FranceJan Nicol Loftie-EatonR TrumpelmannBernard Scholtz
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Joshua Little 4 0 22 0 5.50
Craig Young 3.3 0 33 0 9.43
Mark Adair 1.4 0 12 0 7.20
Curtis Campher 3 0 14 2 4.67
Kevin O’Brien 2.2 0 15 0 6.43
Simi Singh 4 0 28 0 7.00
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
Craig Williams 1-25 5.1
Zane Green 2-73 13.2

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