Thursday 27 October 2016

Namibia dig deep to take Intercontinental Cup clash with Ireland to final day

Published 26/10/2015 | 22:01

William Porterfield made his best first-class score
William Porterfield made his best first-class score

Tim Murtagh bowled Ireland to the brink of an innings victory before stubborn Namibian resistance extended their Intercontinental Cup game into a final day.

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After Ireland piled up 570 for six declared, built around captain William Porterfield's career-best 186, Namibia began their second innings 319 behind.

They slumped to 12 for four as Murtagh removed Xander Pitchers for a duck and Stephan Baard and Raymond van Schoor for one run apiece and Craig Young dismissed Ya France for six.

JP Kotze and Sarel Burger put on 68 for the fifth wicket before the latter fell to Paul Stirling for 34 and Murtagh removed Kotze two runs short of a half-century, taking his figures to four for seven in eight overs.

Gerrie Snyman added 31 and Zac Green (22 not out) and JJ Smit (21no) saw their side to stumps at 173 for seven, still 146 behind and with their lower order needing to bat out a full day.

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