Left-arm spinner Bernard Scholtz claimed three wickets for Namibia against Western Province. Photo: ICC

Namibia got their Africa T20 Cup campaign off to a flying start when they coasted to an eight-wicket victory over Western Province with 10 balls to spare in their opening match at Sahara Park Willowmoore on Friday.

Western Province, who won the toss, never got out of the blocks as they struggled to 31/2 at the end of the six powerplay overs.

Worse was to follow as they slumped to 56/5 at the halfway stage.

The innings remained a procession, and in the end, they only just managed to bat out their 20 overs to finish on 121 all out.

Luke Philander (26 off 24 deliveries, 1x4 and 1x6) was the top-scorer in an innings that produced only four fours and five sixes.

Bernard Scholtz (3/20 in four overs) had the best bowling figures and he was well supported by Sarel and Petrus Burger, as well as Johannes Smit. 

Namibia then closed the door on a Western Province fight back with an opening stand of 51 between Stephan Baard and Lohandré Louwrens.

There were further stands of 31 for the second wicket, and then an unbroken 40 for the third between Craig Williams and Jean Bredenkamp to get them across the line.

Philander completed a good all-round match by conceding only 16 runs in his four overs.

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