T20 World Cup: Scotland collapse again with the bat as Namibia edge to historic win


cotland were blown away again in a devastating first-over blitz by Ruben Trumpelmann as Namibia won their first-ever Super 12s match at the T20 World Cup.

Kyle Coetzer’s side were skittled for 60 in a 130-run defeat to Afghanistan in Sharjah on Monday, having produced a brilliant run to reach the Super 12s.

And their batting unit was soon under pressure again on Wednesday having lost the toss, as Trumpelmann claimed three wickets in the first over to help restrict Scotland to 109-8, despite Michael Leask’s quickfire 44.

Scotland gave themselves hope with a spirited bowling display, but JJ Smit saw Namibia to a famous win with an unbeaten 32.

Trumpelmann got Namibia off to a dream start, with opener George Munsey bowled first ball, Calum MacLeod caught behind off the third and Richie Berrington trapped lbw off the fourth to leave Scotland two for three.

Leask hit four fours and two sixes in his 44 off 27 deliveries, putting on 36 for the sixth wicket in partnership with Chris Greaves, before falling to Smit.

Scotland put up a spirited fightback with the ball. By the 13th over the Africans were 67-4 and level pegging with their opponents’ score at the same stage.

But David Wiese and Smit carried the side to the brink of victory by putting on 35 for the fifth wicket before the former was caught behind off Leask for 16, to make for a slightly nervous finish.

Smit sealed the win with a six over point to spark jubilant celebrations and leave Scotland with two defeats from their first two Super 12s matches.

Additional reporting by PA Media.

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