Namibia oust Netherlands to register their first ever win in world cup
David Weise' unbeaten 66 helped Namibia defeat the Dutch by six wickets and throw them out of this world cup.
T20 is such a format that if one player from the opposition has a great day, you'll almost end up on the losing side. For the Dutch though, not one, but two players had their day out in back to back games, squashing their dreams of making it to the next stage.
If Curtis Campher, out of nowhere, ruined it for them against Ireland, the Dutch had to face the wrath of former South African international, David Weise, in this game against Namibia.
Namibia is literally banking on two people to win games for them. Not meaning that the rest of the players aren't good enough, but they aren't the match winners that can win you games on their own. David Weise is definitely that player. Their captain Erasmus might be another close one. And boy didn't they deliver yesterday.
Winning the toss, the Namibians opted to bowl, as the wicket was a paradise to bat on. Veteran opener Stephan Myburg and Max O'Dowd gave the Dutch a decent enough start to begin with, albeit a slower one. After Myburg's departure, Roelef Van der Merwe was tried at No.3 as a pinch hitter, but he couldn't make an impact.
O'Dowd played the anchor role throughout the innings and was given great company by Colin Ackerman. Then put on 82 for the third wicket and batted till the 18th over. They could've scored at a much faster rate, one would think. Some late aggressive hitting from Scott Edwards propelled the score to 164, which was good, but was not a safe score.
Chasing a par total, Namibians were put on the back foot early on, as they were left reeling on 52 for 3 in the ninth over. Captain Erasmus and David Weise were at the crease. The Dutch had a real opportunity to close out the game then and there, if they could manage to pick either of these, especially the big hitting Weise. But they couldn't.
Right from the moment he made it to the crease, David Weise started counter attacking. Even though he was their main bet in this chase, he didn't seem to care about his wicket too much, or he was so confident to clear the boundary everytime he hit 'em in the air, he just went ballistic. He started attacking the spinners first, by tonking sixes in the V.
It was nothing but a display of power. For a moment, I thought Weise was playing for South Africa and not Namibia. He looked too damn dominant a player for an associate nation. He looked ruthless. Definitely, the Dutch wouldn't have expected this kind of hitting from him. They would've thought, even if he has a good day, he most probably would take the game till the end, to give himself a better chance at succeeding, since there wasn't much batting left in the shed.
But Weise was not thinking along those lines. He played like a player who's come down to play grade cricket on a weekend, after playing enough at the top level. He didn't respect neither the Dutch bowlers nor their deliveries.
Watching this display from the other end was his captain Erasmus. Weise's heroics seemed to have rubbed off on his captain, as himself started to be aggressive, and successfully so.
If 'Fortune favours the brave' ever had a face, then it should be attributed to this partnership, because as many as four boundaries were scored in the gap between short third and the keeper off the edges. Nothing, literally nothing was going in Dutch's favour, as it has been in this world cup. Finally the Namibians reached the target in 19 overs with six wickets in hand and their adopted son, David Weise, remained not out on 66 off just 40.
Brief scores: Netherlands 164/4 in 20 overs (Max O'Dowd 70, Colin Ackermann 35; Jan Frylinck 2-36) lost to Namibia 166/4 in 19 overs (Gerhard Erasmus 32, David Wiese 66*) by 6 wickets.