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Sport Namibia qualification 'a dream come true'

14:26  23 october  2021
14:26  23 october  2021 Source:   skysports.com

T20 World Cup: Scotland and Ireland win warm-ups

  T20 World Cup: Scotland and Ireland win warm-ups Ireland swept aside Bangladesh, while Scotland held on to overcome a game Namibia.All eight sides involved in Round One of the T20 World Cup were in action with the Netherlands beating co-hosts Oman and Sri Lanka cruising past Papua New Guinea.

Namibia head coach Pierre De Bruyn was "ecstatic" for his players after they secured a place in the main draw of the Twenty20 World Cup, hailing it as a "dream come true".

The African nation of just two and a half million people reached the Super 12 stage with an eight-wicket victory over Ireland, who crashed out of the tournament as a result.

Namibia beat Ireland by eight wickets on Friday to qualify fo the T20 World Cup Super 12 © Associated Press Namibia beat Ireland by eight wickets on Friday to qualify fo the T20 World Cup Super 12

Captain Gerhard Erasmus struck an unbeaten half-century in an historic moment for his side, who only recorded their first-ever World Cup victory earlier at the tournament against Netherlands.

T20 World Cup result: Wiese powers Namibia past the Dutch

  T20 World Cup result: Wiese powers Namibia past the Dutch Namibia break Dutch hearts and keep themselves in the Super 12s race.Wiese plastered five sixes in an unbeaten 66 off 40 balls as Namibia overcame a mid-innings collapse to overhaul a target of 165 with six balls to spare.

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"Looking forward to this next stage, it's ultimately a dream that's come true for these players," said De Bruyn, whose side can now look forward to matches against India, Pakistan and New Zealand as well as Afghanistan and Scotland in the Super 12.

"They were seven or six-year-old boys dreaming of playing against India or Pakistan in a World Cup and it's happened. For me, that dream has come true for these players.

"All they had the last few years until now was to watch these guys on TV and dream about it and they're going to wake up in the morning thinking it's real and I'm just so pleased for them."

Namibia had just three full-time contracted players when they were awarded ICC status in 2019 and were able to hand out 16 professional deals.

T20 World Cup result: Wiese powers Namibia past the Dutch

  T20 World Cup result: Wiese powers Namibia past the Dutch Namibia break Dutch hearts and keep themselves in the Super 12s race.Wiese plastered five sixes in an unbeaten 66 off 40 balls as Namibia overcame a mid-innings collapse to overhaul a target of 165 with six balls to spare.

"I mean we're ecstatic, I've got to remind myself what just happened out there but it happened to a really good group of people," the head coach said.

"We're not an organisation with the luxury of a lot of resources around us. I've got 18 players to pick from in my national squad and I know what they've put in the last three years.

"I suppose it sounds like a cliche saying the hard work has paid off but it really did and I'm ecstatic for the boys."

Namibia begin their Super 12 campaign against Scotland next Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 2.30pm.

Watch the ICC Men's T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports Cricket between now and November 14.

Afghanistan focus on Namibia after Pakistan loss .
Afghanistan are desperate to bounce back from the narrow defeat against Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup when they face Namibia on Sunday, said fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq. A blitz from batsman Asif Ali who smashed pace bowler Karim Janat for four sixes in the penultimate over helped Pakistan to a five-wicket win in Dubai on Friday. "The mood is a bit dull after we lost a close game," Haq told media on Saturday. "We desperately want to get back in the match against Namibia," said Haq of the Abu Dhabi fixture which will be the first Twenty20 international between the two sides.

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