Namibia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) produced a thrilling encounter in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2, with both teams setting new records in a high-scoring match.
Namibia posted a total of 441/7 in their 50 overs, the highest total ever recorded in a List A match. The previous record was held by South Africa, who scored 438/9 against Australia in 2006.
PNG responded with an impressive batting display of their own, posting a total of 393/7 in their 50 overs. This was the highest total ever recorded in a List A match by a team chasing a total. The previous record was held by India, who scored 392/4 against Sri Lanka in 2009.
Namibia’s total was built on the back of a brilliant batting performance from captain Gerhard Erasmus, who scored a career-best 175 off just 131 balls. He was ably supported by Stephan Baard (87 off 64 balls) and JJ Smit (67 off 44 balls).
PNG’s response was led by Tony Ura, who scored a brilliant century off just 79 balls. He was ably supported by Assad Vala (77 off 56 balls) and Sese Bau (62 off 44 balls).
In the end, Namibia held on to win the match by 48 runs, but both teams can take pride in their performances. It was a thrilling encounter that will be remembered for a long time.