Saturday, April 20, 2024

Below-19 World Cup – Callum Vidler and Tom Straker dismantle Namibia for 91 handy Australia opening win


Australia 95 for six (Weibgen 39*, Brassell 3-28, Badenhorst 2-29) beat Namibia 91 (van Vuuren 29, Vidler 4-17, Straker 3-16) by 4 wickets

Australia’s quick bowlers, led by Callum Vidler, bundled Namibia out for underneath 100, earlier than their captain Hugh Weibgen steered them by means of a tough chase of their first recreation of the Males’s Below-19 World Cup.

Weibgen got here out to bat within the third over after opener Sam Konstas was cleaned up by Jack Brassell, and noticed Australia lose half their aspect with 35 runs nonetheless wanted. However he and No. 7 batter Raf MacMillan all however sealed victory for Australia, knocking off 30 of these runs in a 40-ball partnership.

With loads of swing on provide, Charlie Anderson and Vidler put the strain on early, not permitting the Namibia openers to get away. Vidler then drew first blood in his second over with a yorker that swung away late to make a multitude of Johannes de Villiers’ stumps. He then struck once more in his subsequent over, trapping No. 3 Johannes Visagie lbw.

There was a interval of resistance when opener Gerhard Janse van Rensburg dug in whereas No. 4 Zacheo van Vuuren picked up some boundaries. Van Vuuren struck a stunning cowl drive earlier than attempting once more solely to get a thick edge and see the ball fly by means of the vacant third slip area.

However Tom Straker got here into the assault and bought each batters to nick behind – Rensburg to the keeper for a 32-ball 2 and van Vuuren to first slip for 29 off 47.

Straker then drew one other outdoors edge as Ryan Moffett was caught at slip earlier than Mahli Beardman cleaned up Brassell.

Vidler returned to the assault to have Henry van Wyk caught behind earlier than Beardman picked up a second wicket. Namibia captain Alexander Busing-Volschenk consumed 45 balls, even hitting offspinner MacMillan for 4 and 6, however MacMillan finally bought the higher of him.

Vidler wrapped the innings up by bowling No. 11 Junior Kariata.

Within the chase, Australia did not have it simple. Brassell bowled Konstas within the third over and Hanro Badenhorst had his opening accomplice Harry Dixon miscuing a pull to mid-on within the sixth.

Dixon was the primary of 4 wickets to fall for 27 runs as Brassell and Badenhorst let Namibia dream of an upset, albeit momentarily. By the point van Wyk had MacMillan caught down the bottom, Australia had all however received the sport.

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