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Scots bounce back from defeat to Ireland against Namibia

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Nel: Took three for 37

Nel: Took three for 37

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One-Day International
Pretoria
Scotland 267-6 (NFI McCallum 103, K Coetzer 68) v Namibia 194 (G Snyman 43 no, D Nel 3-37, G Goudie 3-24)
Scotland beat Namibia by 73 runs

Dewald Nel and Gordon Goudie starred with the ball as Scotland beat Namibia by 73 runs in World Cup qualifying on Thursday.

The Namibians were bowled out for 194 chasing 268 for victory after Neil McCallum (103) and Kyle Coetzer (68) had helped the Scots post 267 for six.

Nel got the ball rolling in the Namibian innings, taking a skied return catch to dismiss Raymond van Schoor for one, and he then picked up Sarel Burger after inducing an edge that was gathered in by Ryan Watson at first slip.

Namibia were 25 for two at that stage and were in even deeper trouble half an hour later, as they slumped to 48 for five.

Flurry

Calum MacLeod (two for 38) had LP van der Westhuizen caught at point by Kyle Coetzer, followed by two scalps for Goudie.

First Louis Burger fell for four edging behind to wicketkeeper Colin Smith and then Craig Williams was bowled for 13.

Nicolaas Scholtz was the next to go as Moneeb Iqbal got in on the act thanks to a catch from the diving Nel running in from deep square leg.

But Bjorn Kotze and Gerrie Snyman then dug in, sharing a stand of 56 for the seventh wicket, before the former was bowled by Goudie to complete a haul of three for 24.

Snyman (95 not out) continued to bat with courage, though, and Namibia reached 151 before the wicket of Deon Kotze fell - run out by skipper Watson fielding between point and gully.

Ian van Zyl was then trapped leg before wicket by MacLeod for six, before Nel bowled the last man, Louis Klazinga, to wrap up the innings and figures of three for 37.

Fight back

It was fitting reward after what had been a hard fought day's play for the Scots, who saw opener Gavin Hamilton retire hurt when hit by the nippy Snyman at the opening of their innings.

Watson was the next to go as Snyman struck again, this time taking the wicket with the aid of Sarel Burger's catch at second slip.

Bjorn Kotze had new man Navdeep Poonia caught behind soon after and Sarel Burger then cleaned up Smith to leave the Scots struggling at 48 for three.

But Coetzer and McCallum dug in and they registered a century stand in 122 balls before Coetzer was out shortly after, excellently caught by Williams off the bowling of Snyman.

McCallum remained defiant, though, as Scotland entered the final 10 overs on 156 for four.

And, despite losing his partner Iqbal bowled by Klazinga, Jan Stander came in and blasted 37 off 17 balls to finish the iinnings.

McCallum was bowled by Klazinga after bringing up his ton in the final over, but it proved a match-winning total as the Scots bounced back from their defeat against Ireland in the opening match of their campaign.

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